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Do you love to work with students in theatre?
Looking for a fun, creative challenge?

Apply to join PAA’s Faculty and Staff Today!


  • PAA is seeking experienced, passionate theatre professionals who love to work with students and are excited to work in non-traditional theatrical spaces.
  • Candidates must have a willingness to learn, be highly organized, self-motivated, and committed to working as part of larger teams. Programs are designed for ages 3 – grade 12 with some adult classes too.
  • PAA’s programs and classes encompass a wide variety of experience levels.  With the exception of the advanced level, musical theatre programs have placement auditions that usually occur at least 4 weeks prior. More information on each program is located throughout the website.
  • PAA operates as an independent 501 (C) 3 nonprofit organization located at 8817 South Broadway in Highlands Ranch, Colorado.
  • PAA hires 50+ contractors annually on a rolling basis and will only respond to selected applications.
  • Due to the nature of PAA’s activities, all hired employees and contractors are background checked every 1-3 years.

Current Openings

Freelance Faculty Positions

The Performing Arts Academy is hiring faculty for the 2020-2021 season!
Join our team!

We are seeking experienced theatrical teaching artists for classes and musical theatre productions. Contracted freelance positions are available in artistic, design, tech and management.

Work dates/times and duration vary by program.
Local hires only; no housing or transportation available from PAA.
Student ages vary by program from ages 3 – grade 12, and some 18 yrs+ adult classes.
Background checks are performed on all hired faculty.

APPLY using the “Apply Now” button at the bottom of this page
Please make sure to include:
A cover letter detailing why you would like to work with us and highlighting relevant experience.
A CV/resume
3 References with contact information
Optional: reels, photographs, and other supporting documentation

Please note, due to the volume of applications, we will contact only those selected for an interview.

The Performing Arts Academy is an award-winning educational theatre company founded in 2006, located in Highlands Ranch CO. Providing quality theatre education in acting, dance, voice and behind the scenes tech and design, Through high quality class and performative opportunities, PAA focuses on the growth of students as individuals, and as active participants in the world.

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PAA is an inclusive community that welcomes participation without regard to gender, sexual orientation, race, national origin, color, religion, disability, sex, creed, transgender status, gender identity, gender expression, ancestry, military status, political service, and affiliation. PAA is strongly committed to Equal Employment Opportunity. All employment decisions, terms, and conditions are made without regard to race, national origin, color, religion, age, gender, sexual orientation, disability, Veterans’ status, marital status or other factors protected by applicable Federal, state, or local law.

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John Boggs

John Boggs is a pianist, composer and vocalist based currently in Thornton, Colorado. He holds a DMA in Composition from the University of Colorado Boulder, a M.M. in Composition from the University of Michigan and a B.F.A. from Bard College. Previous piano instructors include German Diez and MaryAnn Griebling. He taught students of all ages and experience during his undergraduate and graduate studies.

At Bard College he studied voice with tenor Rufus Müller. He has sung such roles as Jamie in The Last Five Years, The Lecturer in Reefer Madness, and El Gallo in The Fantasticks. He teaches repertoire in the genres of musical theater, art song, pop and opera. He currently is a Choral Pro for both the Ars Nova singers and the St. John’s Episcopal Compline Choir. In 2016, John co-founded Renaissance and Contemporary a cappella group, Solis, to promote new works from local and national composers.

His music direction includes Pippin and Rocky Horror Picture Show with the Bard Musical Theater Company. In 2017 he music directed Centerstage Theater Company’s production of Godspell, and most recently their 2021 production of Theory of Relativity.

He has had composition premiers by such groups as the American Symphony Orchestra, University of Michigan’s Symphony Orchestra and Chamber Choir, DaCapo Chamber Players, Ars Nova Singers, the Columbine Chorale, 303 Children’s Choir (now Vocal Coalition), the Chamber Music Society of Ohio, and new music ensemble Contemporaneous. He is the co-founder/co-writer as well as the keyboardist and vocalist for experimental rock band Fifth Veil, and is delving into the world of film and interactive game scoring.

He also has experience teaching students with developmental disabilities. He provided accompaniment for Tapestry Theater’s productions of Elf, School House Rocks and Shrek Jr. He was previously employed with Imagine’s CORE day program, where he instructed group music classes using midi over wifi to create the feeling of being in a band and orchestra.



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.