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Rosaura Cruz, Executive Director

Rosaura Cruz, Executive Director, has a long-demonstrated history of working in the non-profit management industry. She is skilled in event planning, customer service, employee training, nonprofit management, and program development. She is a strong business development professional with a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) focused on Theater Arts and Performance Studies and in Criminal Justice from the University of North Texas.  Her engagement with Junior Players is all-encompassing, she is a Junior Players student alumna, was the 2003 Junior Players Texas Commission of the Arts summer intern, a former theater and dance teacher, and Junior Players previous Program Director. Since stepping into her current role in 2015, she has led Junior Players through many new and creative initiatives, including producing and broadening Junior Players artistic production seasons, co-creation of Junior Players Presents: The Transformation Project, arts-centric panel conversations, a myriad of community collaborations, the co-creation of the D-PAC (Dallas ISD Playwriting Arts Collective) collaboration, the conception of the Transformation Project’s Residency program, the creation of the 2017 Youth in Arts Panel: Create, Transform, Heal, and the creation of JPTV Broadcast Journalism/Film Program. Rosaura also served on the 2016/2017 Mayor's Star Council Leadership class and was the 2018/2019 Mayor's Star Council Development Chair. She also serves a Board member of The North Texas Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. Additionally, Rosaura was recently an honoree in the 2020 class of Dallas Business Journal’s 40 Under 40,  a part of the Leadership ISD's 2021 - Dallas class and is currently represented by The Campbell Agency with personal artistic credits including work with theater companies such as Shakespeare Dallas, Cara Mia Theatre Co., WaterTower Theatre, Kitchen Dog Theater and Project X amongst several others. Rosaura is responsible for the overall direction, financial management and artistic quality of the agency. She is very passionate of Junior Players programmatic efforts and hopes that with this amazing team she can play a role in empowering the lives of the next generation of change agents. 

  • City of Dallas Office of Arts and Culture
  • Holloway
  • TACA
  • Diane and Hal Brierley
  • Fichtenbaum Charitable Trust
  • George Family Foundation - Next Generation Fund
  • Total IT
  • Harold Simmons Foundation
  • Dallas Afterschool
  • Emily Javadi Foundation
  • Edward W. Rose III Family Fund at The Dallas Foundation
  • Louise W. Kahn Endowment Fund at The Dallas Foundation