Pedro Tomás – A native of Cuba who grew up in the New York City area, Pedro attended New York University and Fordham University in his youth and is a graduate of the UT. He is now a Lecturer for the Department of Modern Foreign Languages and Literatures at UT where he teaches second year Spanish and is an adjunct instructor of Spanish at Maryville College. In his earlier years he performed at Opryland, did numerous music videos and was a cast member for the television series “The New Hee Haw Show” and was Dance Partner, Director and Choreographer for Louise Mandrell for 28 years. He has been involved in productions of The Music Man, West Side Story, Guys and Dolls and Hello, Dolly! Pedro is honored to return to UT’s Clarence Brown Theatre for his 6th production after performing in Big River, The Laramie Project, Assassins, Monty Python’s Spamalot and The Threepenny Opera. He was also technically involved in the productions of A Year with Frog and Toad, Honky Tonk Angels and A Flea in Her Ear. Pedro has recently Co-directed and Choreographed The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee at Walters State Community College/Sevierville and was also the Director and Choreographer for the performing group; Backbeat at Walters State/ Sevierville from 2004-2013. He was delighted and honored to have the opportunity to work with the Morristown Arts Council in the production of Esperanza Rising. He is grateful for the support and love of his 86-year-old mother, his partner of 25 years Roger Roark, his colleagues at MFLL and the great people of the Theatre Dept. here at UT.