Nicole Erwin, President and Executive Director
Nicole is a seasoned performer appearing in musicals, operas, dance halls, churches, and special events in Texas. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Vocal Music with a minor in Business Administration from the University of Denver Lamont School of Music. She also holds a Master’s Degree in eCommerce Management from Our Lady of the Lake University in San Antonio, Texas.
Though her formal training was in opera, her self-produced country album “Lone Star Lonely”, had two releases as Top Album Cuts in the Gavin Music Country Chart. Recognizing her success, Nicole received the “Most Promising Female Vocalist of the Year” award from the Entertainer Indie Association. Nicole was recently selected to sing with Opera San Antonio in the 2016 season and also sings with the San Antonio Symphony Mastersingers, The USAA Choir, The USAA Singers, Ethics Follies and The Greater SA Chamber Choir. She is a private voice instructor and vocal coach teaching all styles of music. Her most recent adventure in education is “Magik Glee Choir” at The Magik Theater.
Notable performing credits include: Beauty & the Beast (The Wardrobe) – The Playhouse, Memphis (Clara) – The Woodlawn Theater, Children of Eden (Mama Noah) – PASA, Mary Poppins (Mrs. Corry) – The Woodlawn Theater, Gypsy (Electra) – The Playhouse, The Count of Monte Cristo (Mistress de Carnival) – PASA, White Christmas (Ensemble, Seamstress) – Cameo Theater, The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas (Eloise) – Cameo Theater, La Boheme (Chorus) – Opera Colorado, and Hansel and Gretel (Sandman) – Lamont Opera.
Corina Zars, Vice-President and Artistic Director
Corina Zars is one of San Antonio’s leading theatrical lights. She has been performing on San Antonio stages from a very young age. She has been an impersonator, a director, a choreographer and a show creator. From choirs to dance troupes, musical theatre to theme parks, she loves it all and brings a new voice to each and every character or role with great enthusiasm. A voice major at Incarnate Word and University of Houston, she continues to work diligently on her versatility and ability to create different character voices and personalities for each role she is is offered. In 2015 she signed up to produce, direct, choreograph, and play Zelda Fitzgerald in “The Road to Madness” at Performing Arts of San Antonio (PASA).
Her performing credits include: “Mrs. Potts” in Beauty and the Beast”, “Princess Puffer” in The Mystery of Edwin Drood and “Mazeppa/Miss Cratchitt in Gypsy-both at The Playhouse; “Miss Mona” in The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas, “”Magenta” in Rocky Horror, “Lucy” in Jekyll & Hyde, and “Bombalurina” in Cats-all at the Cameo Theatre; “Sandy” in Grease, “Bebe” in A Chorus Line, “Mary Jane” in Big River, and “Peron’s Mistress” in Evita-all at the Josephine Theatre.
Directing/Choreography credits include: Godspell, Breaking Up Is Hard To Do, Big River, and Sin City Cabaret-all at the Cameo Theatre.
She was also lead female singer, costumer, and choreographer for variety dance band, “The Oh So Good Band” for 10 years.
Rebecca Trinidad, Board Member
Rebecca Trinidad has performed with the likes of Dave Brubeck, Della Reese and Johnny Gimble. Ms. Trinidad is the creator and driving force behind Broadway Nights at The Woodlawn Theater. Notable credits include: “Jeannette” in The Full Monty, “Daniella” in In The Heights, “Emma Goldman” in Ragtime, “Mother” in A Christmas Story, and “Jack’s Mother” in Into the Woods.
Derek Berlin, Board Member
Derek Berlin is a graduate of Trinity University’s Theater Arts Program. Mr. Berlin received additional training at the actor’s Segue Studio in Los Angeles Calif. As a Tenured actor, his acting credits include two film pilots for HBO, commercials and theatrical appearances portraying such memorable characters as Ralph in Frozen, Mr. Webb in Our Town, Charles in Glaad To Know You and his award winning performance as Nosferatu in the title role, for which he was merited with the ATAC GLOBE for Lead Actor in a Musical.
Joseph Urick, Board Member
Joseph is a seasoned actor whose credits include: OFF-BROADWAY: Taming of the Shrew, Cinderella, The Tinderbox (Frog & Peach Theatre). REGIONAL: A Christmas Carol, Evita, Alice in Wonderland (ZACH Theatre); ROOMS: a rock romance (Hippodrome Theatre). TOURS: Romeo & Juliet, Oedipus Rex (Papagaou Theatre, Greece). SAN ANTONIO: Into the Woods (ATAC Award), Taming of the Shrew, RACE, You’ve Ruined a Perfectly Good Mystery. Joseph holds a MFA in Acting from the University of Florida. EMC. SAFD.
Jade Esteban Estrada, Artistic Advisor
Jade is as an award winning singer, dancer, actor, and writer. The Estrella award-winning singer was born and raised in the Tejano music capital of the world, San Antonio, Texas. He studied dance (alongside Jennifer Lopez) with Slam, the lead dancer from Madonna’s Blonde Ambition Tour among other notable teachers of the era.
Estrada won a scholarship to the American Musical and Dramatic Academy in New York and later worked as choreographer. After working as a lead dancer for Charo, he signed to Total Envision Records in 1998 releasing the hit single, Reggae Twist, and toured extensively performing with top names in the Latin Music world. In September 2000, he opened the doors to his own label and released his long-awaited debut album Angel (Vicarious).
He’s been seen in feature films, on Comedy Central’s The Graham Norton Effect, In the Life on PBS, Friday Night Lights and 30 Rock on NBC and has headlined concerts, theatres and comedy clubs around the world.
Rebecca has performed in seven languages and in 33 countries to date and has shared the stage with Madonna, Margaret Cho, RuPaul, Jody Watley, and Jimmy Somerville and countless other fabulous stars.
Estrada has been an intergral part of the recent international burleque revival and has toured the globe extensively to impressive reviews including a headlining appearances in Austria, Warsaw, Munich,and Edinburgh.
Through his work in his artistic and political endeavors, Jade Esteban Estrada is fast becoming one of the world’s most ground-breaking personalities.
Karl Logue – Musical Arranger
Karl has a Master’s degree and over 20 years of training in piano performance, composition and theory. His performance credits include 25 years as accompanist for the Capital City Men’s Chorus including over 200 performances in the U.S. and Canada, and is Composer-in-Residence for the CCMC. In addition to his performance background, he is a prolific composer of choral, orchestral and piano works, including pieces commissioned by the Capital City Men’s Chorus as part of the Gala New Works program, Zachary Scott Theater Children’s Theater program, and commercially-released original compositions for piano and chorus. He is also accompanist for various choral programs at Unity Church of the Hills, and has been Music Director, Organist and pianist for several other congregations of faith in the Austin area. His works have been premiered at the last 4 GALA Festivals, an international festival of choruses.He is also an accomplished orchestrator, having provided the harmonization and orchestrations for two of Bernard’s musicals, “Liberty: The Siege of the Alamo”, and “Road to Madness”, and did some of the orchestration for Transformation.
Gareth Price – Musical Arranger
Gareth was the principal orchestrator for the recording of “Nosferatu” and acted as musical director for the UK professional premiere of the show. He has also done some of the orchestrations for “Pride and Prejudice” and “Wuthering Heights” and the pit orchestrations for all of Bernard J Taylor’s musicals as well as a new cantata. Gareth also did the orchestration for the symphonic works Millennium Suite and Passion’s Progress and has had some of his own compositions internationally performed.
Stewart Thompson – Musical Arranger
A graduate of Manchester Metropolitan University (BA Honours in Contemporary Arts), Stewart worked as a teacher in schools for 10 years before being appointed as Qualifications Manager and a member of the Governing Council for Victoria College of Music, London. Originally a trumpet player and chorister, he has composed and arranged since his high school and has had considerable experience in conducting and writing for the amateur music scene. Since 2012 he has combined this with working as a professional arranger, orchestrator, private teacher and conductor and in particular is associated with the music of Bernard J. Taylor.
Bernard J. Taylor – Artist-in-Residence
Mr. Taylor has been with TLO since its inception and has given many of his works for production. He has had more than 100 productions of his shows worldwide (Pride and Prejudice accounting for more than 40). (See www.bernardjtaylor.com). His early works were chronicled in the Encyclopedia of Fillm and Stage Music (see http://www.bernardjtaylor.com/About/aboutvirgin.html). In 2013 he was made an Honorary Fellow by the Victoria College of Music and Drama for “services to music and the performing arts”. His first musical – an adaptation of Wuthering Heights – was first taken up by Patricia McNaughton of McNaughton Lowe Associates. They produced Children of Eden first and when it flopped badly that was the end of them as producers. Wuthering Heights was then taken up by the Theatre Division (the offshoot from Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Really Useful Group headed by Biddy Hayward and Prince Edward). They went bankrupt after first putting on two straight plays before they had a chance to stage Wuthering Heights. Bernard was told that Andrew Lloyd Webber had him blacklisted as a result of his association with Lloyd Webber’s former management team and because he wanted to discourage competition. This was obviously a huge disappointment to Bernard but he kept creating and began to reach a creative peak about eight years ago and believes he has produced hid best work in recent years. His new Japanese agent is translating all of his works into Japanese. Three of his shows in San Antonio won six awards at the 2016 ATAC awards – original script, original music and four performance awards.