Department of Music, Theater and Dance
- Bachelor of Arts (Theater Arts) from Rutgers University
Sergio Cruz-Alfaro was born in Cuba and raised in New Jersey. He started his acting career in the First Grade when he was cast to play a sibling of Peter Rabbit in the annual Easter Pageant. Ever since then he has been involved in theater in one aspect or another. In high school he was highly active in Student Government and The Drama Club. He was also in the Marching Band and was chosen for Boy's State because of his interests in politics and government.
After graduating high school he attended Rutgers University where he majored in Theater Arts with a double minor in History and Education. At Rutgers he was the President of the Cuban Club where he screened some controversial Cuban movies and ate a lot of 'pastelitos'. He was also the Producing Director of College Avenue Players where he directed Adaptations by Elaine May, God by Woody Allen, Birdbath by Leonard Melfi, A View From the Bridge by Arthur Miller and Creation of the World and Other Business also by Arthur Miller. He was also cast in a highly acclaimed production of Hatful of Rain by Micheal Gazzo directed by Jenny Royer, Drama Professor, where he played Johnny Pope, a Korean War vet who is severely addicted to heroin. For that performance he received the honor of being named Outstanding Performer of the year in the Bachelors of Arts category.
After graduating with a degree in Theater Arts he went on to work extensively in New York as an actor and, eventually, Stage Manager. He has been a member of Actors' Equity Association since 1990. Has worked throughout the New York theater scene, as actor, writer, director and stage manager for close to 30 years. He most recently has had his play SUPER PRINCESS produced at The Park Performing Arts Center in New Jersey, which he directed as well. Getting to work with an incredibly talented group of 9 and 10 year olds was both rewarding and enlightening for him. He recently moved to Florida to pursue his interest in higher learning and teaching.
At Rutgers University, he received an award for Best Room because he was able to turn his dorm room into a Swiss Chalet using only dorm furniture and a few thrift store items. This was featured in one of the local papers.