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PAA relies on donations from from individuals, foundations and sponsors to transform the lives of students through performing arts.

Donations support 40% of our general programming and 100% of our Outreach Program.

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PAA is teaching foundational principles, taking kids as they are, where they are, to heights beyond what they can see. PAA helps kids to become a better version of themselves every day we work with them.

Locations

St. Luke's UMC
East Elementary
Field Elementary
Mountain Vista HS
Rock Canyon HS

Performing Arts Academy Mission: 

Creating community, building character, and inspiring excellence through performing arts education.

Performing Arts Academy Vision:

 

To bring the transformative power of the performing arts to all.

PAA continues to address the need for quality arts education experiences in the south metro Denver area by providing the best experience possible for the children and youth in the community. 

Performing Arts Academy Mission: 

Creating community, building character, and inspiring excellence through performing arts education.

Performing Arts Academy Vision:

To bring the transformative power of the performing arts to all.

With this strong momentum and overwhelmingly positive feedback from students, families, and school administrators, PAA continues to address the unmet need for quality arts and education experiences by continuing to collaborate with Littleton Schools. PAA’s continued goal is to provide the best experience possible and ensure we utilize all the resources necessary to best serve our community

“We had the best experience. My daughter has been anxious and not wanting to get on stage for the past several years. This was her first time in years and PAA made it a fantastic experience. She felt loved and comfortable. She was pushed gently out of her comfort zone while feeling valued and successful. Whatever you are doing its working!

~Parent

our sponsors

THANK YOU

We are grateful to have the support of these sponsors. They give back to their community in a big way, and understand the value that performing arts, and arts education brings to students of all ages.

We believe that all students should have access to childrens theater classes and these companies and foundations make that possible.

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GENERAL SPONSOR

GENERAL SPONSOR

FOUNDATION GRANTS

Bowen Family Performing Arts Fund/The Denver Foundation

Virginia W. Hill Trust Foundation

Our Donors

Thank you to our donors for helping PAA transform the lives of so many students through the performing arts! The journey to build character, create community and inspire excellence for all students would not be possible without our giving community! If you would like to be part of our amazing community of donors below, please donate now or contact Dr. James Ramsey, Executive Director at drjim@paacolorado.org or call 303-900-7041 x1.

Donations received from October 1, 2019 – April 30, 2021

Donation Levels:

Benefactor: $25,000 & above
Patron Sponsor: $10,000–$24,999
Sponsor: $5,000–$9,999
Producer: $2,500–$4,999
Director: $1,000–$2,499
Designer: $500–$999
Actor: $100–$499
Supporter: Up to $99

Benefactor

Anonymous
Kenneth Fong & Betsy Keyack

 

Sponsor

Jeff & Tracy Baumgartner
Elaine and George Carlstrom
Dyani Galligan
James & Leigh Ramsey
Ken Ready

 

Producer

Ann & Stephen Bennett
Marty & Melinda Davidson
William Elder
Steve & Debbie Gampp
Jim & Grace George
John & Marge Harper
Mike & Linda Hollyman
Gerald & Linda McLeland
Stanton & Tricia Meyer
Mike & Sandi Miyaki
Austin & Beth Simmons
Thomas & Sallie Suby-Long
Jeff Suntken

Director

Ann & Stephen Bennett
Marty & Melinda Davidson
William Elder
Steve & Debbie Gampp
Jim & Grace George
John & Marge Harper
Mike & Linda Hollyman
Gerald & Linda McLeland
Stanton & Tricia Meyer
Mike & Sandi Miyaki
Austin & Beth Simmons
Thomas & Sallie Suby-Long
Jeff Suntken
Ann & Stephen Bennett
Marty & Melinda Davidson
William Elder
Steve & Debbie Gampp
Jim & Grace George
John & Marge Harper
Mike & Linda Hollyman
Gerald & Linda McLeland
Stanton & Tricia Meyer
Mike & Sandi Miyaki
Austin & Beth Simmons
Thomas & Sallie Suby-Long
Jeff Suntken
Leslie Porter
Dave & Jenita Rhodes
Bob & Lorna Roberts
Mary Schade
Erynn & Nick Shryack
Richard Spong

Designer

Gail Abernathy
Angela Alderson
Chris & Karen Amack
Andy & Kristi Amick
Michelle & Frankie Barrett
Carol Baumgartner
Gregory & Nancy Boyer
Mary Berwyn
Chris Brendlinger
Jessica Sookyong Cho
Cathy Christian
Stephen & Cathy Collins
Joe & Theressa Dulaney
Al Fialkovich
Darci Freeman
Josh Gampp
Gordon & Lisa Heaton
Rowena Helman
John Hollingsworth
Tamara Jorden
Mary Kennedy
Melanie Kirkpatrick & Peter Jonnard
Nancy Lataitis
Randy & Sandy Larson
John & Dottie Mann
Justin & Andrea New
Mike & Ashley Osborne
Terry & Caroline Peltes
Greg & Nancy Plamp
Jennifer Prantl
Jack Ramsey
Deborah Ransick
Brian Rice
Eric & Sarah Siegler
Rick & Dani Stang
Mark & Patti Speedy
Roseanne & Charles Thenell
John Thomas

Actor

Nancy Abbott
Amy Adams
Suzanne Alexandria
Denise Anderson
Charles Ash
Dustin Audet
Linda Babcock
Janell Barber
Matt & Heather Bauer
Nancy Bauer
Neal Bhamre
Torin & Elisa Blair
Brenda & Barry Blanchard-Kooser
Alex & Maja Buck
Teri & Sam Burget
Julie Burt
Stephanie Burt
Caroline Butler
Julie & Michael Buckman
Nicholas Calfee
Robin Calkins
Eric Campbell
Kelly & John Card
Kristen Carney
Cynthia Carpenter
Brandy Caruso
Greg Cheng
Janet Christopher
Elisabeth Collins
Marti Colpitts
Ian Condie
Ed & Kay Coryell
Eileen & Vern Coy
Amanda Cushing
Greg DiMuro
Luke DeWitt
Greg Eifler & Melissa Wisted
Megan Elward

Actor Continued

Rachel Eschelbacher
Val Etchepare
Shannon Falcon
Brooke Ferguson
Christina & Michael Follett
Loida Garcia
Talia Gardner
Leslie Garske
Mark & Sandy Gibbons
Carol Gill & Chuck Smith
Laurie Gilbert
Joan & Bill Goddard
Beth Gorman
Chris Greene
Cynthia Gulde
John Hare
Julie Hartsfield
Nick & Mary Michael Hawkins
Lisa Hazelrigs
Patricia Hildebrand
Stephanie Hooley
John Jacobs
Sarah Jacquin
Chelsea Johnson
Mark Johnson
Janet Johnston
Kim Joseph
Steve & Michele Kaminsky
Rick Kellogg
Julie Kennedy
Patricia Kennedy
Richard & Carleen Krening
Tom & Carolyn Kuespert
Terry & Kristin Lang
Madeline LaMee
Mark & Kristin Lamendola-Armistead
Stephanie Layton
Janice Leaverton
Uta Letbetter & Joe Wilwerding
Kevin Lewis
Dave & Bobbi Lively
Carey Madsen
John & Dotti Mann
Andrew Marples
Dale & Jody McGrath
Schehera McKasson
Scott & Karen Meade
John & Andrea Mezger
Shayla Mirzakhani
Bryn Narcisian
Theresa North
John & Amy Olaechea
Belinda Osborne
Renae Parra
Caitlin & Matt Plamp
Jack & Cindy Parsons
Brandi Petterson
Raina Powell
Suzanne Rainy
Craig & Marilyn Ramsey
John Rawls
Kristin Reif
Tanya Rodriguez
Mike & Annemarie Roy
Craig Sawicki
Jennifer & Jon Schmidt
Judith Schmidt
Mary Schmidt
Meaghan Schneider
Jane Schwartz
Lee Seaman
Suzanne Sharpe
Steve & Beth Shryack
Josh & Jane Staller
Steve Stine
LIza Stoltz-Hanson
Jan Sutcliffe
Jon & Lise Takayama
Carla Tapia
David & Karen Tepoorten
Nicolette Vander Velde
Darryl & Laura Vanpraag
Chris & Wendy Von Wald
Mary Walsh
Melanie Ware
Amy Watson
Judy & Walt Weiler
Michelle Welch
Dennis Whitney
Tracy Worek
Edith Worth
Judith Wyley

Supporter

Kira Antram
James Bacon
Jan Ballard
Kerith Beaumont
John Belongie
David & Laura Benson
Judy Buckman
Ryan Burke
Kristen Burkett
Kristin Bureau
Sara Buys
Cassidy Calkins
Megan Casselman
Brenda Chavez
Ashley Conover
Chris Cooke
Malia Curran
June Daniel
Susan Duncombe
Sean Elward
Rachel Eschelbacher
Todd & Remy Fenske
Isabella Finneman
Tarrah Garcia
Kathy Goldberg
Melissa Gonring
Amy Gonzales
Tammy Gould
Amber & Tony Grebmeier
Alexandra Gregory
William & Ruby Hersberger
Lisa Janisse
Lori Jenkins
Carrie Kayser-Cochran
Christine Kleen
Russha Knauer
Nikki Kneuer
Sheri Larsen
Kay Lozano
Jill Lundberg
Susan MacIntosh
Amanda Mascarelli
Amy McDowell
Robyn Moon
Helen Moxcey
Lauren Mueller
Brad Nelson
Gail Nguyen
Kay Oscai
Jennifer Popovich
Marlene & Ron Rice
Renee Rice
Jessica Riescher
Chris & Kelly Rigolini
Alisa Rothe
Kathy Rowley
Mark Santi
Virgil & Cheryl Schneider
Sharon Seamans
Rosemary Sietsema
Collin Sloan
Kelly Stahlman
Danielle Steinhart
Robin Streeter
Trudy Turner
Chris Vanderpool
Guillermo & Amie Velasco

Businesses & Foundations

AGS Construction
Amazon Smile
Anschutz Foundation
ARC Thrift Stores
Banyan Real Estate, LLC
Bauer Studios
Beecher Family Charitable Fund
Berenz Tax Inc
Bowen Family Fund/Denver Foundation
Carlstrom Family Charitible Fund
Charities Aid Foundation of America
COBank, ACB
Colorado Creative Industries
ColoradoGives Community First
Columbine Valley Homes LLC
Comcast
Eyefive, Inc DBA Shipoffers
Fidelity Charitable
Fort Family Foundation
GoodCoin Foundation
Images Everything, LLC
JK Group Inc
Mici Italian Highlands Ranch
Miyaki Realty, Inc
Phyllis M Coors Foundation
Porter Properties
Primavera Group
Robert and Mary Jane Smith Foundation
SCFD
Sheila Fortune Foundation
The Bundt Shoppe
The Perfect Home Group
Trex Rain Escape
Virginia W. Hill Foundation
WaterStone Giving Strategies

“My daughter expressed that she felt safe to make mistakes at PAA. This is huge coming from a kid who is extremely hard on herself. She also told me that it was such a positive and supportive environment compared to the high school drama programs she has worked with. She felt loved and valued by the directors, staff and fellow students.

~Parent

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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.

 

 

Amy Arpan

Amy Arpan has worked professionally as an actress, show host, variety artist, improviser, fight choreographer, clown, and director for 22 years.

She is represented by Radical Artists Agency, and you may have seen her competing in the ‘Dish Network Challenge’ and zooming along on an electric scooter in the ‘Colorado Lottery’ Commercials.

Past local credits include Ella Enchanted at the Arvada Center; Mrs. Soames in Our Town at Miners Alley; the Conductor and Engineer in The Polar Express; Madame Volange in Les Liaisons Dangereuses at Miners Alley; Characters in Crisis for the Colorado Police Departments; and directing Fright Fest and the Summer Illusion Shows at Elitch Gardens. She is also a local weekly Trivia and Bingo Host.

Favorite out of State Credits and Clients
include: Nickelodean, Royal Caribbean,
Disney Cruise Lines, & Cedar Fair Theme Parks , Shakespeare Carolina, ChickSpeare, The Children’s Theatre of Charlotte,.

In addition to Clowning around with her Ringling Brother’s Circus School training, she is also fond of Juggling, Improv-ing, Performing Magic, Balloon Twisting, Lip Print Reading, Stilt Walking, Mascot work, Puppeteering, Show Hosting, and Character Roaming. She has been the owner and principal performer for Amy Arpan’s Illusions And Confusions since its founding in 1998.

Katie Reid

Resident Acting Director

Katie is thrilled to be returning to her beautiful home state of Colorado after 15 years away performing and teaching professionally in NYC and Chicago. Katie holds a BFA in Musical Theater from The University of Oklahoma. In Chicago, Katie taught and directed in several performing arts programs, directing/music directing over 20 shows with ages K - 12, including multiple pilot productions with MTI and Disney theatricals. She also worked in events and development at American Theater Company and as Production Manager for the award-winning program, BRAVO Performing Arts, in Oak Park. Theater credits include the National Tours of South Pacific (Nellie Forbush), 'S Wonderful (Jane), and Annie (Ronnie Boylan). Regional theater: Nunsense (Sister Robert Ann), 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), Broadway: The Big Band Years (featured singer), Sweeney Todd, and The Who's Tommy. She is excited to be a part of the PAA staff!

acting@paacolorado.org

 

Kathryn Dudley

Kathryn Dudley is a dancer, instructor, choreographer, and stage manager based in Denver. She attained her Bachelor of Arts in both Dance and Theatre from Gustavus Adolphus College where she received the Distinguished Dance Student Award and graduated with honors. Originally from Minnesota, Kathryn has worked with various theatres around the Twin Cities such as Children’s Theatre Company, SteppingStone Theatre for Youth Development, and Daytripper’s Dinner Theatre. Some of Kathryn’s favorite performances were with ...and Company, of which she is a founding member. Along with the 4 other founding members, Kathryn choreographed, directed, produced, and performed in 2 shows for the MN Fringe Festival. Her work has also been featured in shows by Minneapolis Ballet Dancers, Zenon’s Zone Program, Sarah Hauss, and COHORTS. Kathryn is a company member, resident choreographer, and production manager for 21/40 Productions where she enjoys exploring every facet of the performing arts. As an educator, Kathryn is passionate about sharing dance with people from all walks of life and lives by Alvin Ailey’s famous words: "Dance is for Everybody”.

Jennifer Lillibridge

Jennifer Lillibridge came to Colorado from Los Angeles where she earned her BA in Theater Arts and Directing at Occidental College. For several years after college she was a proud member of Actors Equity and worked throughout the Greater Los Angeles area as an equity production stage manager and scenic artist for several prominent theater companies. Since moving to Colorado, Jennifer has been at D’Evelyn Jr./Sr. High School as their theater program’s director and costume designer. She and her husband Adam, enjoy creating stories and having wild adventures with their daughter Juniper and two dogs.

Jennifer Maggi

Jennifer Maggi grew up dancing in Orange County, California at the Pacific School of Ballet from the age of 5 to 18. Throughout her years there, she trained in Ballet, Pointe, Jazz, Lyrical/Contemporary, and Tap. She went on to receive a Bachelor of Arts in Dance from California State University, Fullerton with an emphasis in Ballet and Modern. While completing her degree, Jennifer performed and choreographed for numerous professional dance shows and showcases as well as participated in the Limon Dance Intensive under Collin Connor. After graduating, Jennifer returned to Cal State Fullerton to choreograph the BFA Musical Theatre main stage productions of Andrew Lippa’s Wild Party, and Cry Baby. In 2014, Jennifer was cast as a performer at the Disneyland Resort in Anaheim, California where she danced and portrayed famous Disney characters in the Pixar Play Parade, Paint the Night Parade, The Frightfully Fun Parade, and The Christmas Fantasy Parade. She moved to Denver in May 2019 and is so excited to join the team at PAA and share her passion for dance with her students.

Jana Wesson

Jana Wesson is thrilled to be back at PAA! As a former alumni, Jana is excited to be continuing with PAA as a staff of the outreach program. Since her last show in 2013 Jana has gone on to do community theatre at the Pace Center and Wesley Players Theatre Company, starring in shows such as Singin’ In The RainMary Poppins, The Music Man and many more!

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.

Aria Faddis

Aria Faddis grew up in Boise, Idaho, and moved to Colorado in 2017. She began dancing at age twelve and has since discovered how much she loves to share her love of dance with children. Aria has a BFA in Dance with an emphasis in teaching from the University of Montana and spent one season dancing with Off Center Dance Company in Boise before relocating to Colorado.  Aria currently teaches at studios across the Denver Metro area as well as working as a choreographer for D'Evelyn Jr./Sr. High School. When she is not dancing, Aria is visiting as many National Parks as possible and enjoying exploring all Colorado has to offer.

Darin Drown

Darin Drown is in his 18th year teaching choir at Grandview High school in Aurora, CO in the Cherry Creek School District, and 30th year of teaching.  His choirs have consistently received the highest ratings at festivals around the United States and have been featured performers at the Colorado Music Educator’s convention several times.  In addition, Darin directed the 120-man Sound of the Rockies barbershop chorus to 7 medalist performances in international competition in the Barbershop Harmony Society, reaching as high as 3rd place.  Darin has traveled all over the world coaching men’s and women’s acapella quartets and choruses.  He also sings in Storm Front, the 2010 International Champion barbershop quartet.  He has been named Teacher of the Year in two different schools over his career, as well as a District Teacher of the Year.  He took over directing responsibilities for the Velvet Hills Show Chorus in Colorado Springs for the past three years.

Rachel Snyder

Rachel Marie Snyder is so excited to be returning to PAA! She has been teaching musical theatre and dance for over 8 years at studios in New York City and across the country. She shares her passion for creativity and self-expression in the classroom and on the stage. Rachel has performed internationally as a vocalist with Aida Cruise Lines and regionally in roles such as Sherrie in Rock of Ages and Maggie in 42nd St. She continues her lifelong training in dance, acting, and theatre in New York, and loves to pass on her knowledge to the next generation of young artists.

Andrew McGlothen

Andrew McGlothen is thrilled to be back for his 2nd summer with PAA. Originally from Texas, Andrew has been fabricator, scenic painter, director and actor for over a decade. He’s had the privilege to work for companies like the Arvada Center for Arts and Humanities, Rocky Mountain Theatre for Kids, Denver Comic Con, Visionbox Studio and many others. If you need something designed or created, he’s your guy. When not working in theatre Andrew is a Graphic Designer and coffee snob. He’d like to thank his husband and dogs for the support and PAA for the opportunity!”

 

Steph Holmbo

Steph Holmbo is an actress, dancer, singer, poet, creatoe. Steph received her BFA from New York University's Atlantic Theatre Company and worked off-broadway with the dance company Mitra Dance Collective for 3 years. Since moving to Denver she has performed at several theaters including Arvada Center for the Arts and Humanities, Miners Alley Playhouse, Town Hall Arts Center, and originated roles in two world premiere musicals with Mitch Samu. In 2020, Steph wrote and performed in her one-woman show and again, creating a story around how we listen in a world where everyone is talking. Steph is passionate about storytelling, justice, and finding hope in especially difficult situations. www.stephholmbo.com

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.

 

 

 

Stephanie Hesse

Stephanie is thrilled to join PAA, and is very proud of this group of talented kids!  With a BA in both Theatre and Dance from Colorado Mesa University,  Stephanie has performed with Cleo Parker Robinson Dance Ensemble, Avatar Movement Dance Company, and in several musicals in the Denver area including 9 to 5, 42nd Street, Crazy For You, and West Side Story. Choreography credits include: A Gentleman’s Guide To Love And Murder, Hello Dolly!, She Loves Me, 13: The Musical, and Disney’s Mary Poppins Jr.