Roberto was born 21 years ago on June 19, 1989 in McAllen, but was raised in Pharr. He attended PSJA High School and participated in the PSJA Mighty Bears Band for four years, so he has always enjoyed live performance. But it was during his freshman year, while watching his high school production of “Leader of the Pack,” that he discovered his passion. The experience made him realize he wanted to be in theater and so the following year he enrolled in a production class and took part in his first production, “Grease.”
Once he graduated from high school in 2007 he decided to go straight to college and enrolled at South Texas College to begin work toward earning his Associate of Arts in Theater.
Once he earns his associate’s degree at STC, Roberto plans to continue his education earning a bachelor’s degree in the same field from The University of Texas at Austin. Eventually he plans to apply to Yale in hopes of earning a master’s degree and PhD in theater design. Once he finishes his education, he plans on becoming a theater professor at a college or university. His biggest dream in life though would be to work on a Broadway production.
Drama has always been a big part of Roberto’s life and if you ask him, he will tell you show business is his passion. He has worked on many local productions serving in technical capacities, as well as acting on stage.
“Being in theater takes a lot of work and time, but I enjoy it and it makes me happy,” explained Roberto. “But not everybody can say that their work is their hobby. And no matter if it’s on the stage or behind the scenes, I love every aspect of it.”
Roberto’s inspiration comes from his parents because they have always been by his side through thick or thin. They instill confidence in him by giving unconditional encouragement and positive reinforcement.
“My parents have always had my back; they always support anything I do in my life and if it weren’t for them, a lot of the things I have accomplished in life wouldn’t have happened,” Roberto said.
He is a member of the South Texas College Players, participating in six productions with the group. He will also be working with the Thirteen O’clock Theater, which is an independent theater production company that only works in the summer. Summer 2011 marks his second summer working with the company.