Gigi Cervantes, theatre teacher, actor, performer, and director, returns to Fort Worth Academy of Fine Arts as the new secondary theatre teacher.

Texas Center for Arts + Academics (TCA+A) and Fort Worth Academy of Fine Arts (FWAFA) are pleased to welcome Gigi Cervantes as the new secondary theatre teacher. Cervantes assumes the role previously held by Lindy Heath, who effectively expanded the department and captivated students and audiences alike with her exceptional theatre productions. The theatre department at FWAFA holds the distinction of being one of the largest art programs within the school. Over the years, it has garnered countless accolades and has emerged as a formidable force in the region.

“It is absolutely thrilling to me that Gigi Cervantes has agreed to step back into her role as our high school acting/theatre teacher. She brings with her a wealth of professional experience in the theatre world, and having served at FWAFA for many years previously, she knows and loves our FWAFA magic. Welcome home, Gigi!” Dr. Jennifer Jackson, FWAFA Principal

Cervantes’ prior experience at FWAFA will undoubtedly facilitate her transition into the role. She brings an extensive list of accomplishments that serve as evidence of her expertise as an instructor. While at FWAFA, she directed the UIL One-Act Play. In 2008, FWAFA achieved a significant milestone by becoming the first public charter school to participate in the State competition. That same year, they secured victory, making them the first public charter school to win at State. Additionally, Cervantes has showcased her talent at various esteemed theatre companies in the DFW area, such as Circle Theatre, Stage West, Casa Mañana, Dallas Theater Center, Uptown Players, Lyric Stage, Theatre Arlington, and Undermain Theatre. Regionally, she has performed at the Goodman Theatre in Chicago, Alabama Shakespeare Festival, and Cleveland Playhouse.

Cervantes says, “It was with great sadness that I left FWAFA nine years ago due to family circumstances, but I was heartened because I knew the students would be in wonderful hands with Lindy Heath, and as it turns out, I was right! I’m excited to pick up where she has left off, and to get to know and work with the wonderful and talented students at FWAFA.”

Cervantes holds a Spanish degree from the University of North Texas and has pursued theatre studies at Texas Wesleyan, T. Schreiber Studio in NYC, and the True Acting Institute with Larry Silverberg. In addition, she has over a decade of experience teaching acting classes for Casa Mañana. There is no doubt she will be a tremendous resource for FWAFA’s theatre department as their journey continues this fall.