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  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, 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! For the Clarence Brown Theatre, he’s performed in Big River, The Laramie Project, Assassins, Monty Python’s Spamalot, The Threepenny Opera and South Pacific. 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 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 26 years Roger Roark, his colleagues at MFLL and the great people of the Theatre Dept. here at UT.