Cynthia Garcia, Founder and Executive Director
Founder and Executive Director, Cynthia Garcia, is a producer, playwright and actor who has performed locally in Houston and across the country, earning membership status in Actors Equity, a professional actors union. The lifelong performer is a former member and coach of the renowned Texas Southern University Debate Team, a graduate of the American Musical and Dramatic Academy, NYC, and a graduate of University of Houston, where she earned her MA in Arts Leadership. Cynthia is grateful to be a conduit for bridging the arts to faith-based interests. A disciple of Jesus Christ and lover of the arts makes leading Exalted Arts the perfect opportunity for the entrepreneur. Wife of Luis for over 20 years, and mother of Luke, a budding violinist, Cynthia endeavors to spread joy and hope through the arts.
Charles Lovings, Treasurer
Charles Ray Lovings is the Pastor and Founder of House of Refuge Church of God in Christ, established June 7, 2008, and has been in ministry for over 25 years. Ministry service has been dedicated to Church of God in Christ International at varying capacities, including the district, state and national levels. Locally, Pastor Lovings has served as Choir Director, and President of the Men’s and Youth Departments. Pastor Lovings has enjoyed theater arts since his youth, having performed in plays and winning awards for his participation in monologue and duo competitions. A City of Houston employee for over 24 years, Charles has worked in all aspects of the Houston Fire Department, including New Recruits, Human Resources, Procurement, and currently, Infrastructure Manager.
Christina Zavala, Secretary
Christina Zavala has a heart for volunteerism. Whether advocating for children, or serving as a board member of Exalted Arts, Christina seeks to positively impact the community in areas that are dear to her heart. Having grown up and attended Houston schools, Christina attended college in Huntsville, Texas, graduating from Sam Houston State University with an M.A. in Mass Communications. Baptized in 2016, Christina aspires to show God’s love to others by the life she lives. In her free time, she enjoys cooking, photography, and spending time with her husband and two Australian cattle dogs.
Anthony Swain, Board Member
Anthony Swain, a native of Louisiana, has resided in the Houston area for over 35 years, where as a theater enthusiast, he has continuously supported the local theater and performing arts scenes. As a committed Christian with faithful service within his local church community, Anthony has served in various capacities, including teaching, assisting with the Youth and Men’s Prison Ministries, and leading a local troop of Cub Scouts. Professionally, Anthony is an Information Technologist with over 30 years of experience. In addition to the arts, he enjoys fishing, exercising and the entertainment of sports programming.
ShaWanna Goffney, Board Member
ShaWanna Renee Rivon is an award-winning and nationally renowned playwright and producer. ShaWanna’s success grew with urban plays such as Cheaper to Keep Her and Marriage Material, which starred Vivica Fox, Brian McKnight, and Tionne “T-Boz” Watkins (of “TLC”), both of which toured nationally. ShaWanna earned her BFA in Playwriting and Dramaturgy from the University of Houston. As a developing creative, ShaWanna discovered her niche and artists mission: to create period-piece comedies centered around the lives of Black women. In this, she has begun the development of her 7-play cycle, the first of which is Old Black and White Hollywood, about a 1950’s Black woman comic who desires to become the first Black female movie star. Old Black & White Hollywood was developed with Suzan-Lori Parks and Theresa Rebeck and won the Edward Albee Playwriting Award. The second installment of her 7-Play Cycle, Power to the Queendom, was developed with the Rec Room Writers. Set in 1970s Houston, the script about a group of female Black Panthers is loosely based on a true story. The third installment of the 7-play cycle, You’re Cordially Invited to Sit-In is about the 1960 sit-in demonstration that took place in Houston, will have its world-premiere at Stages Theatre Spring 2022.