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Meet Blandina Vergara-Cruz

Artistic & Executive Director

Originally from Las Vegas, Blandina has more than 25 years of experience in the entertainment industry. With an additional 10 years of directing and producing shows right here in Williamson County. She has worked with various theater companies, including Program Director at Expression City, Board Member for Pull Tight Players, and Director of the Youth and Teen Actors Guild, while directing several of their musicals. Blandina was also the director of the famous Kids on Stage Summer Academy held in Leipers Fork for over 20 years. Vergara-Cruz was also the director for several children's programs at Williamson County Parks and Recreation, including Rising Stars, Stars to the East, and Starbrignt Players. Blandina’s Directing credits include Aladdin Kids, Something Rotten, Mama Mia, Pippin, Catch Me If You Can, Spring Awakening, Falsettos, 13 the Musical, The Hunchback of Notre Dame, Lightning Thief, School of Rock, Shrek, Into the Woods Jr, Bye Bye Birdie, Legally Blonde, Freaky Friday, Alice by Heart, Grease, Wizard of Oz, A Christmas Carol, Little Shop, Adams Family, Descendants, Matilda, Elf, Little Mermaid, Annie, Schoolhouse Rock, Urinetown, 101 Dalmatians, Highschool Musical, Willy Wonka, Mary Poppins, Frozen, Beauty and the Beast, Sound of Music and Footloose.

 

When she’s not teaching, directing, and running her businesses, she is involved in many community projects, such as  a committee member of the Tennessee Kids Arts Festival and, most importantly, running her family's non-profit "Ray of Light Foundation" in honor of her late son Raymond M. Cruz.
 
Blandina was distinguished as one of the Williamson County 2022 Philanthropic Heroes and believes the importance of giving back lies in its ability to foster belonging, address social challenges, facilitate personal growth, strengthen community resilience, and inspire future generations. As individuals, we have the opportunity and responsibility to contribute to the betterment of our communities. She finds great joy in collaborating, creating, and working with a team of creative souls to fully realize that the product we create helps everyone in some way. 

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