Children's Theatre Staff

Eva De La Cruz
Youth Performing Arts Director

Eva De La CruzEva has been the Youth Theatre Director/Choreographer at the J since 2012, and has been on full-time staff at the J since 2016. She has directed/choreographed 14 JCCS productions; her favorites include: Seussical, Jr., Cats, Lion King, Jr., Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, and Fiddler on the Roof, Jr. She has spent eight summers as the summer Performing Arts Camp Director, most recently presenting A Year With Frog and Toad.

Under Eva’s leadership, the Youth Theatre Program has expanded upwards to include a teen component. She has directed 12 J Teen Theatre productions, most recently The Addams Family Musical and Pippin.

Prior to working at the J, Eva was the Artistic Coordinator at HITS Theatre, an outreach instructor with Main Street Theater, and an on-camera acting instructor at the Page Parkes Center of Modeling and Acting. Eva has been a member of Actors’ Equity Association since 2005, and has worked as a stage manager for over 45 local productions. Eva received her BA from the University of Houston, and was the Associate Producer for the Houston Shakespeare Festival for four seasons following her graduation.

Jeannine Rowden
Music Director

Jeannine RowdenJeannine has been the resident music director at the J since the fall of 2017, working with both JCCS and J Teen Theatre productions. Jeannine’s career began at an early age, quickly catapulting her across the United States, Europe, and abroad over the past 35 years. As a Music Director and Vocal Coach, Jeannine can be found during the summer at venues such as The Royal Academy of Fine Arts, Stage Door Manor, and French Woods Festival of Performing Arts.

Her recent musical theatre work in the Houston area includes Theatre Under the Stars, Main Street Theater, Stages Repertory Theatre, and Wildfish Theatre. As a Vocal Coach, Ms. Rowden has served on the faculty of the TUTS Humphreys School of Musical Theatre, and now manages Rowden Music Studio, which boasts a thriving private studio in Houston, New York City, and Los Angeles. Her students can be seen on Broadway, in films, and TV series. Jeannine is certified in the Vocal Power Method, Somatic Voicework TM, and the LoVetri Method.

Brennan Blankenship
Class Instructor

Brennan BlankenshipBrennan has been an instructor with the J Youth Theatre program since the fall of 2015. She is the primary theatre instructor for students ages 3-5, as well as the director of the Spotlight and Act Out productions. She has also assistant directed over 10 JCCS and J Teen Theatre productions.

Brennan is a Houston native who directs and performs around the Houston area. Aside from working at the J, Brennan also teaches and performs with Main Street Theater and directs shows locally.