MEET OUR STAFF OF DEDICATED, CARING PROFESSIONALS
Kahlee Moore, Youth Program Director
Kahlee has been dancing and performing since the age of three but didn’t discover her love for theatre until she attended college at Point Park University and belonged to their conservatory. After graduating, with her B.A. in Dance Performance, Kahlee performed as a dancer and aerialist on board Holland America Line touring through the Mediterranean and Caribbean. After moving back to Texas she performed two seasons at Six Flags Fiesta Texas and has gone on to Direct the Outreach Program for Woodlawn Theatre Academy. She has been seen in Woodlawn’s main stage productions of Anything Goes and Annie and has choreographed the Youth Programs productions of Bye Bye Birdie, Sound of Music and Woodlawn’s 2019 production of Oklahoma.
Julianna Ramos, Youth Program Administrator
Julianna is currently a student at Northwest Vista College where she plans to transfer to a university to further her studies towards a B.A. in Theatre, with a minor in business. She has received education and training from institutions such as Northeast School of the Arts, Santa Fe University of Art and Design, the Youth Orchestras of San Antonio, and numerous private instructors. Julianna is also an avid performer and musician who has worked and performed with several theatres in the San Antonio community. She is grateful for the opportunity to work at the Woodlawn Theatre in serving young aspiring performers.
sanseria murray, acting instructor
Sanseria is an accomplished playwright, director, and teaching artist with over 15 years of education experience. She has taught at the elementary level as a Speech and Poetry Coordinator and at the high school level as a Theatre and Literacy Teaching Artist. After studying theatre arts in San Antonio and Austin, Sanseria moved to Los Angeles in 2000. While in LA, she started a performing arts school which focused on providing quality arts education to under-served communities. Upon moving back to San Antonio, Sanseria spent two years as the Theatre Arts Facilitator at the Anne Frank Inspire Academy Middle School. Sanseria currently teaches at the Woodlawn Academy for the Performing Arts. Her classes are fun, engaging, and high-energy as students learn the fundamentals of theatre.
NORA MARTINEZ, VOCAL instructor
Nora graduated from Dallas Baptist University with a Bachelor of Music in Vocal performance. For the past 2 years, she has been teaching music at the Woodlawn Academy for their after-school program, Leg Up. She has also vocal directed many summer camps, after-school theatre programs, and also offers private lessons at Woodlawn. She had the pleasure of vocal directing a Disney classic, The Lion King, Bye Bye Birdie, and The Sound of Music: G2K. Nora has recently performed as a leading soloist in The Music of Andrew Lloyd Webber, and as Grace Farrell in Annie at Woodlawn Theatre. She was also a royal translator in Aladdin at The Magik.
Madeline Gutierrez, teaching assistant and vocal insructor
Madeline is a recent graduate of Brandeis high school and the Woodlawn Academy. During her years with the Woodlawn Academy, Madeline played lead roles including; Johanna in Sweeney Todd Teen, and Mother Superior in Sister Act Teen. Madeline was also very active in her school’s choir and theater programs. She participated in the region choir auditions, and was a member of the Mixed region choir for two years. She also advanced to the State level of auditions both years for Solo and Ensemble where she received the highest score for her performance. In addition, Madeline participated in the South Texas chapter of the NATS competition where she placed in the finals. Since graduating Madeline has joined our faculty while pursuing a degree in music education. Madeline is a product of the arts education provided by the Woodlawn and is a shining example of a student entering her professional career.
Tanesha Payne, dance instructor
Tanesha Payne’s love for dance and theater began 20 years ago. In 2003, Mrs. Payne graduated from Douglas Anderson School of the Arts with her Art seal. From there she pursued a BFA in Dance at New World School of the Arts in Miami, FL. After a year in Miami, Tanesha moved to New York to pursue her dream of dancing professionally. She was accepted into the certificate and fellowship programs at Alvin Ailey, however, she opted to join Arch Dance Company under Jennifer Archibald. In her three-year residency with the company, Tanesha had the opportunity to teach and perform across the US. Tanesha Payne is currently a senior at Texas State University and is planning to attend graduate school.
Sami Serrano, vocal instructor
Sami is a regular performer of Musical Theatre and Opera in the San Antonio area. Some of her favorite credits include “Oklahoma,” “Hello Dolly!” and “The Music of Andrew Lloyd Webber.” She recently attended Actor Therapy’s Summer Intensive in New York where she received training from Lindsay Mendez, Ryan Scott Oliver, Sierra Boggess, Katie Rose Clarke, and other Broadway performers and prominent casting directors. She received her Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance from The University of Texas at San Antonio. She also received her Master of Music degree in Vocal Performance at The University of Texas at Austin. She is currently pursuing her Doctorate in Musical Arts at The University of Texas at Austin in Vocal Performance and Pedagogy.
Sarah Davis, Dance & Acting Instructor
Sarah is an active member of the San Antonio theater community with experience in dance, acting, and vocal performance. Sarah has over 20 years of dance experience, including 8 years as a member of the Appalachian Ballet Company. Additionally Sarah had the privilege of taking a variety of theater courses while obtaining her bachelors and masters degrees. At the Woodlawn Theater Sarah has participated in multiple performances including Dreamgirls, In The Heights, Oklahoma, and Shrek. Sarah is the resident choreographer for the JCC Starz program and has choregraphed for other performance groups in the area. Sarah is also a current dancer with San Antonio Dance Fringe.
Kate Ragan, Dance Instructor
A native of St. Louis, Missouri, Kate has always been immersed in the arts. She has trained in many styles and principles of dance, her favorite being tap and jazz. She graduated from the University of the Incarnate Word with a B.A. in Theatre Arts and has since been performing in theatres around San Antonio. Shows at the Woodlawn Theatre include The Little Mermaid, Sister Act, How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, Anything Goes and more. She has also choreographed The Lion King Jr. and substituted for several dance classes at the Woodlawn Academy.