15 Year Anniversary!

This summer marks 15 years since PAA’s first camp that began on June 26, 2006 and what a journey it’s been!

Our program has grown from 26 students ages 6-13, to serving over 750 students ages 3 – 18 this year. We’ve expanded our offering to provide classes and workshops that help students develop the skills that allow them to thrive in musical theatre and performing arts. And this Fall, we’ll be expanding into a dedicated space for classes and rehearsal.

Throughout our 15 years we’ve learned a lot. We’ve tested our limits, discovered what makes a performing arts program great, and survived one of the hardest years in our community’s history. We have our incredible students, families, and donors to thank for seeing us through.

Without the guidance by our incredible board members and the invaluable feedback from our students and families, PAA wouldn’t be where it is today.

If you’ve been with us since the beginning, that’s amazing, and we’re truly humbled! If you’ve joined us along the way, we’re so excited to have you! We’d love to hear about your favorite PAA memories. Please share some with us in the comments!

We’re looking forward to many more years of Performing Arts Academy!


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Performing Arts Education

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Performing Arts Academy is creating community, building character, and inspiring excellence through performing arts education by bringing the transformative power of theatre to all people.

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Katie Reid Milazzo

Katie is thrilled to be returning to her beautiful home state of Colorado after 15 years away performing and teaching professionally, and she is very excited to be joining PAA! National Tours: South Pacific (Nellie Forbush), 'S Wonderful (Jane), Annie (Ronnie Boylan). Regional: Last Five Years (Cathy), Marvelous Wonderettes (Missy), Princess and the Pea (Queen u/s), Land of Forgotten Toys (Queen), Full Monty (Pam), Ordinary Days (Claire), B’way: The Big Band Years (featured singer), Sweeney Todd, The Who's Tommy. BFA Musical Theater from The University of Oklahoma. In Chicago, Katie taught and directed at several performing arts programs, directing/music directing over 20 shows with ages K - 12. She especially loves working one on one with students and believes in the transformative power of theater for everyone!


McKensey Struzik

McKensey graduated from Point Park University’s Conservatory of Performing Arts with a BA in Acting and a Minor in Musical Theatre in 2016.  Since, she has taught children’s theatre at various studios in Virginia as well as in Colorado.  She has taught dance, private voice and group acting classes as well as choreographed, music directed many productions.  She has tap danced for 17 years and had the opportunity to study under tap dancers such as Savion Glover, Chloe Arnold, Maude Arnold, and Jason Janas.  She is thrilled to teach tap with PAA this year and can’t wait to get started.

Melanie Ware

Melanie has been with PAA as their Properties Master for six years and teaching classes for five. Melanie received her BA in Theatre from the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs in May of 2016. Between Acting, Directing and Properties Design she has roughly 12 years of theatrical experience. Favorite PAA design credits include: You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown!, Tarzan, Mary Poppins and The Addams Family.