Growing up, Rosaura Cruz wanted to be a lawyer or high-profile actor. When her dad watched her theater performances, he’d say, “That’s great, but when are you going to be a lawyer?” Now that she’s executive director of Junior Players, he says, “When are you going back onstage?” There’s no pleasing him, Cruz says. The M Streets neighbor has been involved in almost every capacity at Junior Players since joining the Shakespeare program as a student at Bryan Adams High School. After graduating from the University of North Texas, she was represented by The Campbell Agency and worked on commercials and voiceovers while serving as the Junior Players program director. She was named executive director in 2015 and expanded the organization’s free arts programming to more than 15,000 kids across Dallas.
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