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Associate Artistic Director/Voice Faculty
Mr. Taylor has been performing, teaching voice and producing shows in the SBC for over 5 years. He recently attended Hurley School of Music at Centenary College where he sang under the instruction of opera headliner Dr. Gale Odom and conducted with the renowned Dr. Julia Thorn. Seth has sung in over 20 states and 3 countries, including sessions in Dublin and Armagh, Ireland, where he was a featured soloist and head cantor. There, he performed alongside the beautiful New York mezzo-soprano, Tynan Davis. Seth has performed in several operas such as Bernstein’s Trouble in Tahiti, and played the roles of Gherardo in Puccini’s Gianni Schicchi and King Kaspar in Menotti’s Amahl and the Night Visitors. His musical theatre credits include RENT, Pippin, the role of Rolf in The Sound of Music, Jean Valjean in Les Miserables, Corny Collins in Hairspray, Anthony in Sweeney Todd, Radames in Elton John & Tim Rice’s Aida, Nicky in Avenue Q, and Bill in The Civil War. He was most recently seen as Quasimodo in Stage Center’s production of The Hunchback of Notre Dame. Seth has served as musical director for student shows including Dear Edwina, Disney’s 101 Dalmatians Kids, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Disney’s Aristocats, and musically directs for Stage Center’s SOPA Performance Troupe, a multi-award-winning group who received honors for “Excellence in Music” at the 2014 Junior Theatre Festival in Atlanta. For Stage Center’s adult company, he has recently musically directed Evita, Disney’s My Son, Pinocchio, The Civil War, and the Best Little Whorehouse in Texas.
Director Of Education
Mrs. Cruz is an active educator and performer based out of Shreveport Louisiana. In addition to serving as the Director of Education for Stage Center she is also the owner and creator of her own private voice studio Cruz Vocal Arts Studio and is thrilled to have Stage Center host her studio on Tuesdays and Saturdays allowing Bossier based students to have easier access!
Mrs. Cruz has completed certification in all three levels of Jeanie LoVetri’s Somatic Voicework™ and holds a BM in Vocal Performance from Illinois Wesleyan University as well as a MSE in Early Childhood Education with a focus in Music and the Visual Arts from Indiana University. She spent two summers as a young artist with Opera in the Ozarks and has completed Levels I & II of the Kodaly method. In addition she regularly attends masterclasses in both voice and theater to keep her teaching skills sharp.
Prior to joining the Stage Center team she served as the Junior Academy Music director for Shreveport Little theater and guest vocal instructor from 2017-2021. In 2019 she taught 7th and 8th grade Drama for The Montessori School of Shreveport and served as the Director/Music Director/Choreographer for E2’s production of Alice and Wonderland Jr. until the 2020 lockdown closed all schools.
Prior to moving to Shreveport she created and taught an arts-based preschool class titled “Young Minds Create Art,” taught the music specials for both the Bloomington Southeast YMCA preschool program and Faith Lutheran Preschool and Christian Child Care, and started the Preparatory Children’s Choir for K-2nd grades and co-taught Junior Choir for grades 3rd – 8th at Faith Lutheran Church in Bloomington, IN.
In addition to all of her educational work, Mrs. Cruz remains an active performer. She serves as a staff singer for First United Methodist Church of Shreveport and performs regularly with Shreveport Little Theatre, Stage Center, The Emmett Hook Center, and The Carrefour Chamber Music Project. She has also had the pleasure of singing with Prisma, The St. Cecilia Diocesan Choir, The Shreveport Opera.
Mrs. Cruz also recently started working in film in 2021, appearing in both Junior Film Prize’s Charon and Louisiana Film Prize’s top five winner MOMento.
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SUPPORTED IN PART BY A GRANT FROM THE SHREVEPORT REGIONAL ARTS COUNCIL WITH FUNDS FROM THE CITY OF SHREVEPORT