Theatre Under the Stars


Houston’s home for musical theatre, Theatre Under The Stars, introduces the phenomenal cast of its brand-new original staging of Jonathan Larson’s iconic Bohemian musical, RENT!  

RENT is one of those new classics that is beloved by so many, and this will be the first time we’ve produced a brand-new production of it,” said TUTS Artistic Director, Dan Knechtges. “We have an amazing director, Ty Defoe, who is bringing an incredible vision for this production to life on stage.”

Leading the cast of RENT is Scott Redmond in the role of “Mark Cohen,” Adrian Lopez as “Roger Davis,” Teresa Zimmermann as “Maureen Johnson,” Simone Gundy as “Joanne Jefferson,” Tomás Matos as “Angel Dumott Schunard,” Will Mann as “Tom Collins,” Isabella De Souza Moore as “Mimi Marquez,” and Jamall Houston as “Benjamin Coffin, III”.

Joining them in the ensemble are: Kahlil Cabble, Dwayne Cook, Jack Gereski, Jayson Kolbicz, Stephanie Jones, Tyler Lewis, Miles Marmolejo, Dominic Pecikonis, Gemini Quintos, Sarah Sachi, Yasmyn Sumiyoshi, and Raven Justine Troup.

The teen ensemble, which is made up of students from TUTS Humphreys School of Musical Theatre includes: Glenn Carter, Jasmine Lin, Dylan Loria, Gracie McDaniel, Sydney Meek, Gwyneth Parrish, Rizal Patagoc, Laiza Rivera, Bella Sanchez, Jayden Strawn, Jaqueline Trinh-Juarez, and Anastasia Zepeda.

RENT is directed by Ty Defoe.

“I am looking forward to getting to dive deeper into the material for this show with the designers and cast! We will be looking at it through the lens of today!” said Defoe.

Joining Defoe on the production is Musical Director, Charlie Alterman; Choreographer, Monica Josette; Scenic Designer, Ryan McGettigan; Video Projection Designer, Kate Freer; Costume Designer, Colleen Grady; Lighting Design Concept, Brian Tovar; Lighting Designer, Michelle Habeck; Sound Designer, Andrew Harper; Hair & Makeup Designer, Kelley Jordan; and Assistant Director, Stacy Hawking. Casting for RENTis provided by Calleri Jensen Davis Casting and TUTS Artistic Line Producer, Laura Peete

Winner of the Tony Award for Best Musical and the Pulitzer Prize for Drama, RENT is a magnificent and sensational musical that has captured the hearts of millions of theatre fans around the world. Created by Theatre Under The Stars for a Houston audience, this brand-new production will inspire audiences and make memories to last a lifetime. A glorious production only at Theatre Under The Stars. RENT runs May 16 28 at the Hobby Center for the Performing Arts. Tickets start at just $40, and are available online at, by contacting the TUTS Box Office by phone at (713) 558-8887 or in person by visiting the Box Office located at 800 Bagby Street.  Theatre Under The Stars is grateful to our season sponsors Hampton Inn/Homewood Suites and ABC13. Theatre Under The Stars is funded in part by the City of Houston through the Houston Arts Alliance, The Brown Foundation and The Wortham Foundation. RENT is sponsored in part by ConocoPhillips.