Jesús Pantel is the Cultural Funding Supervisor for the City of Austin Cultural Arts Division where he manages the Cultural Arts Funding Program. Jesús is familiar with both sides of arts funding, having worked as Grant Writer for Pittsburgh’s multidisciplinary Squonk Opera. He has reviewed funding applications for Bromelkamp Company, the National Association of Latino Arts and Cultures, the States of Arkansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Nebraska, and Texas, and the Cities of Dallas, Houston, and San Antonio. Jesús’ artistic background is in theatre and he is a Board Member of Texas Nonprofit Theatres, where he serves as Treasurer.
He wrote, directed, and acted in La Transformación, a pastorela for Kingsville’s 10th annual La Posada celebration. Other directorial credits include The Defeat of Grandfather Devil, El Soldado Razo, and Black Elk Speaks. Jesús has been involved in over 25 productions, in all capacities from stagehand to actor. His theatre awards include Best Stage Manager for Harvey, Director’s Choice for lighting for The Glass Menagerie, Cameo Male for the role of Ulysses the Dog in The Toby Show, and another Cameo Male for the role of Tyndareus in Orestes. Born in Austin, Jesús grew up in South Texas and received a double major in History and Theatre Arts from Texas A&M University-Kingsville and received the Theatre Arts Alumnus of the Year award in 2011. He earned his Master of Arts Management Degree from Carnegie Mellon University, where he received the Otto A. Davis Award for Commitment to Racial and Social Justice in 2002.