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

Donations, private foundation grants and government grant awards support 45% 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.

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.

Your gift to PAA today will help change lives and further advance our mission to create community, build character and inspire excellence through the performing arts.

“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!


our sponsors


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 theatre classes and these companies and foundations make that possible.







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Bowen Family Performing Arts Fund/The Denver Foundation

Virginia W. Hill Trust Foundation

“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.


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 June 1, 2022- Dec 31, 2023


Donation Levels:

Benefactor: $25,000 - $150,000
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 $25,000 and above

Ken Fong and Betsy Keyack
Tony and Amber Grebmeier
Scientific & Cultural Facilities District

Producer $2,500 - $4,999

Charles and Amy Ash
John and Terri Church
Carl and Laura Fitch
Rick & Robin Fort
Dyani Galligan
Debbie and Steve Gampp
Grace George
Rebecca Givens
John and Marge Harper
Danny and Susan McIntosh
Gerald and Linda McLeland
Renaissance Charitable
Erynn and Nick Shryack
Daneen and Rick Stang
The Perfrect Home Group
Wilwerding Living Trust

Actor $100-$499

5280+ Senior Chorales
Angela Alderson
Courtney Almy
Amazon Smile
Kristi and Andy Amick
Steve Anderson
Amy and Bryon Antinoro
Linda and Alan Babcock
Cindy & Jeff Barlow
Natalie Barnard
Carol Baumgartner
Gwen Benevento
Zig Berzins
Torin Blair
Jared Brendlinger
Michelle Brokx
Sara Buys
Scott and Kristen Carney
Rob and Bronwen Chaney
Charities Aid Foundation of America
Cathy Christian
ColoradoGives Community First Foundation
Sylvia Cordy
Kay and Ed Coryell
Eileen and Vern Coy
Robert Davis and Janet Forbes
Frank & Katherine Debacker
Lynda Drake
Tom Duggan
Dee and Jean Ann Duncan
Ann Ellis
Jenny and John Eschelbacher
Matthias Frenz
Christie Gammill
Josh Gampp
Sandy and Mark Gibbons
Gia Gibbons-Philippon
Givinga Foundation
Helen Gray
Patrick Grinage
Roberta Hamilton-Griggs
Denton Hanson and Liza Stoltz-Hanson
King Harris
Colleen Herskovits
Suzanne Heskin
Chris Holgard
John and Carol Hollingsworth
Ronald and Suzanne Humphreys
Mark Johnson
Michele and Steve Kaminsky
David Kates
Mike Kelley
Mary Kennedy
Kate Kiker
Melanie Kirkpatrick and Peter Jonnard
Stacey Klein
Olivia LaMee
Lisa and Cory Larson
Sam Leahy
Caroline Lesem
Leslie Lilly
Joely Maddux
Brandon and Lindley McCrary
George and Angela Meyers
Shayla Mirzakhani
Rick Newell
Theresa North
Rob O'Haire
Amy and John Olaechea
Opening Act
Ashley and Mike Osborne
Kay Oscai
Brian Owens
Joseph Parker
Josh & Keara Pawley
Matt and Caitlin Plamp
Cindy and Dan Raap
Deborah Ransick
Jessica Riescher
Christine Samsel
Bill Savier
Mary Schmidt
Patricia Shaffer
Devin Sharpe
Suzanne Sharpe
DeEtte Shaw
Collin Sloan
Richard Spong
Heather Starrs
Siobhan Syu
Lise and Jon Takayama
Lora Thomas
Maggie Tisdale
Nicolette Vander Velde
Jay Van Hoosen
Mary Wenkheimer
Katie Williams

Patron Sponsor $10,000 - $24,999

Elaine and George Carlstrom
Mary Maiers and Craig Christensen
Galena Foundation Inc
Mike and Linda Hollyman
Robert and Mary Jane Smith Foundation
Jennifer and Jon Schmidt
Stifel Charitable Inc
The Anschutz Foundation
The Phyllis M Coors Foundation

Director $1,000 - $2,499

Chris and Karen Amack
Gina Armstrong
Bob and Cindy Beaty
Joel & Angie Binfet
Kam and Tim Boles
Greg and Nancy Boyer
Chris Brendlinger
Teri and Sam Burget
CO Bank, ACB
Elisabeth Collins
Stephen and Cathy Collins
Gail Coors
Fidelity Charitable
Lisa and James Hajek
Rowena Helman
GeGe Howard
Bruce and Andrea Kirchhoff
Margaret Kirkpatrick
Sandy and Randy Larson
Jill and Jay Lee
Suzanne Lustie
Dotti and John Mann
Linda and Kent Osborn
Steven Petrrie
Kevin and Taletha Pogge
Porter Properties
Jordan Price
Mary and Jerry Schade
Jane and Josh Staller
Thomas and Sallie Suby-Long
Jan Sutcliffe

Supporter Up to $99

Mary Beth Addison
Barbara Alford
Casey Baldwin
Sarah Barnes
Elisa Blair
Nell Bly
Janet Bradbury
Kierstyn Bristol
Maja and Alex Buck
Amanda Burget
Sally Clark
Tobi Compton
Kirstin Grayner
Groupraise.com, Inc
Keith Hershman
Jessica Hesselberg
Debra Jackson
Sue and Charles Jude
Katherine Knuesel
Brenda and Barry Kooser
Chris and Kim LaMee
Lindsay Loose
Dino and Piper McTaggart
Scott and Karen Meade
Margaret Ann Newton
On The Border Acquisition LLC
Carolyn Otstott
Ann Pounds
Brandon Schleder
Schwab Charitable
Beth and Steve Shryack
Rosemary Sietsema
Jamie Sporrer
Kelly and Bruce Stahlman
Melanie Suque
Sonja Taylor
Tokyo Joe's
Judy Weiler
Judy Wren

Sponsor $5,000 - $9,999

Tracy and Jeff Baumgartner
Holly Coors
Marty and Melinda Davidson
Edward Jones Charitable Gift Fund
William and Teresa Elder
EOG Resources Inc
Bryan Hutchinson
MDC/Richmond American Homes Foundation
Stanton and Tricia Meyer
James and Leigh Ramsey
Sheila Fortune Foundation
Douglas and Tonga Stimpson
Virginia W Hill Foundation
Scott and Karin Wesson

Designer $500 - $999

Karan and Melissa Ahluwalia
Robert Athey
Bank of America Charitable Fund
Bauer Studios
Scott and Kerith Beaumont
Terri Beecher
Katie Bellon
Berenz Wealth Management LLC
Adoree and Jim Blair
Brookfield Residential CO
David Cates
Jessica Sookyong Cho
Colorado Rockies Baseball Club
Darden Coors
Sean & Amy Creeden
Jeni Drinkwine
Julie and Rick Fisher
Rachel Flesner
Kathy Gallo
Lisa Hazelrigs
Gordon and Lisa Heaton
David and Theresa Johnson
Aimee Jordan
Rob Kawasaki
Ed & Eileen Law
Matt & Dana Loose
Jennifer Marr
Carol McCraw
Greg & Nancy Plamp
Leslie Porter
Craig and Marilyn Ramsey
John & Nancy Rawls
David and Jenita Rhodes
Brian Rice
Stephen Shryack
Beth and Austin Simmons
Shawn & Amy Slade
Patti and Mark Speedy
The Blackbaud Giving Fund - Boeing
Guillermo and Amie Velasco
Douglas Community Foundation
Andrea Walker
Zachary Watts
Jacob & Jana Wesson
Moye White LLP

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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 theatre, 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 theatre Company. In 2017 he music directed Centerstage theatre 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 theatre’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 theatre 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 theatre Company and as Production Manager for the award-winning program, BRAVO Performing Arts, in Oak Park. theatre credits include the National Tours of South Pacific (Nellie Forbush), 'S Wonderful (Jane), and Annie (Ronnie Boylan). Regional theatre: 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!



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.

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!

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!”


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.

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 theatre 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 theatre companies. Since moving to Colorado, Jennifer has been at D’Evelyn Jr./Sr. High School as their theatre 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.

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.

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.

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 theatres 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

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.

Cambel Rule

Cambel Rule has been with PAA for three years working a assistant technical director in order to help bring imagination to life. Cambel attends Metropolitan State University of Denver. majoring in history and minoring in theatre. he looks forward to working on all of the great shows PAA has lined up this year.


Valerie Igoe

Her regional credits include The Other Josh Cohen (Denver Center), Beehive, the 60's Musical (Lone Tree Arts Center), Tomfoolery (Aurora Fox), Shout! The Mod Musical (Town Hall Arts Center), Rock of Ages, Annie and Footloose (BDT Stage), Annie, A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder, and The Full Monty (Rocky Mountain Reperatory Theatre), and Junie B Jones, the Musical (Arvada Center). Training: BFA Musical Theatre, Nebraska Wesleyan University. Valerie is a member of Actor's Equity Association.


Gavin Juckette

Gavin Juckette (He/They) is a non-binary teaching artist fresh off their 3-year stint in Valencia, Spain where they obtained their Masters of Music in Voice, with an emphasis in Production, from Berklee College of Music. With theatre and music degrees for a base, and 12+ years in the industry, Gavin is thrilled to expand their career to teaching the arts that they love so dearly. Along with songwriting and producing, Gavin is working to deepen their support of the LGBTQIA+ community, participating in outreach programs and involvement in organizations that share the same passion. Gavin hopes to take part in nurturing the musical community with their experiences from home and abroad while continuing to grow with every new experience. Brilliantly put by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, "Neither a lofty degree of intelligence nor imagination nor both together go to the making of genius. Love, love, love, that is the soul of genius."

Caleb Sporrer

Caleb is going to Texas State University for their prestigious BFA program next fall. Caleb will be there to talk about Caleb's audition experience from Pre-qualifications to acceptances.  For students thinking about applying for musical theatre and acting BFA programs, he will give an overview of his experience, the recommended timeline for the application and what students can expect from the audition process in general. If you aren't sure where to start for college auditions, this is a great opportunity to ask questions from a students who just successfully went through the process!


Kat Gabriel

Kathleen (Kat) Gabriel is a performer, artist, and educator who is delighted to be teaching with PAA and back in their hometown of Denver, CO.  Kat attended Denver School of the Arts and holds a BFA in Musical Theatre from Drake University (Des Moines, IA); they also studied acting abroad for three months at the Moscow Art Theatre School through the Eugene O’Neill National Theatre Institute.  Kat spent nearly two years touring the US and Canada with the Missoula Children's Theatre where they taught, directed, and performed with local kids in shows like Blackbeard the Pirate and Snow White.  When they are not on or around the stage, Kat can be found drinking coffee, crafting, and/or petting the nearest dog.  Thank you to everyone at PAA and my family!


Tobi Johnson-Compton

Tobi Johnson-Compton has been dancing most of her life and has danced, taught, and choreographed throughout Colorado.  She has been teaching jazz, modern, ballet and tap for over 30 years around Colorado, most recently at PACE Center in Parker and The Arvada Center before that. She not only teaches and choregraphs but performs and stage manages as well. Her choreography credits include Disney’s Newsies with Inspire Theatre/PACE Center, where she was nominated for a Henry Award for choreography; resident choreographer for Overland High School, where her choreography was nominated for a Bobby G award for Sister Act; Mary Poppins, Lutheran High School; Shrek the Musical, West Side Story, Grease, and Sister Act with Inspire theatre/PACE Center. Performance credits include the premiere of Idris Goodwin’s 3 person play, Blackademics (Ann) and Tobi’s very first straight play! Musical theatre credits: The Addams Family (Grandma) and Tuck Everlasting (Ensemble) – Vintage Theatre; Mary Poppins (Ensemble), Spamalot (Laker Girl) and Hairspray (Cool kid) – Inspire theatre/PACE Center. Tobi enjoys everything about theatre and loves watching it all come together from behind the scenes putting it all together, to the heart and soul the performers bring to the stage.


Daniel Mason

Daniel holds a master’s degree in psychology from the University of Colorado.
He has studied T’ai Chi academically as well as practically. Daniel earned a
bachelor’s degree in Traditional Eastern Arts with an emphasis in T’ai Chi Ch’uan
from Naropa University where he completed a teacher’s training program. After
his studies at Naropa, Daniel began teaching in 1996 in Boulder, CO.
While implementing his Corporate Stress Management & Senior Citizen
Wellness Programs, Daniel has lead hundreds of people to experience the many
benefits of T’ai Chi.


Julia Tobey

Julia Tobey is thrilled to be back home in Colorado after 15 years living and performing all over the world. After graduating from Eaglecrest High School and earning her Bachelor of Music in Classical Voice with minors in theatre and dance from the University of Northern Colorado, she worked as a professional singer / dancer / actor / model / director / writer and producer in NYC, Los Angeles, Tokyo, Nashville, Orlando, Toronto and aboard cruise ships.Some favorite off-Broadway, TV, film and regional theatre performing credits include: TWELFTH NIGHT (Olivia), original cast MOD ROCK THE MUSICAL (Gillian), ABC pilot ST FRANCIS (Kandi), HAIRSPRAY (Velma) - Henry Award Nominee, BEAUTY & THE BEAST (Belle), BRIGADOON (Fiona), INTO THE WOODS (The Baker’s Wife), and CABARET (Frenchie). She is thrilled to be playing Betty and covering Jeannie in Miner’s Alley upcoming 2023 production of THE GREAT AMERICAN TRAILER PARK MUSICAL with Piper Lindsay Arpan as director/choreographer and show Composer and Lyricist, David Nehls as music director.Julia completed five Principal Singer / Dancer and Vocal Captain contracts with Disney Cruise Line, Disney World and Tokyo Disneyland including the original cast of VILLAINS TONIGHT! (Cruella DeVil) by [title of show]’s Jeff Bowen and Hunter Bell. With her international touring act inspired by The Andrews Sisters, The Beverly Belles, Julia has opened for Meghan Trainor, Katharine McPhee and Seth MacFarlane, appeared numerous times on Hallmark’s “Home & Family” TV show, and is a headlining act aboard Disney Cruise Line and Cunard ships and arts centers across the country. Julia sings with the female vocal trio Black Iris Collective as well. Julia is Founder of Give 5 Productions and works as a professional theatrical and corporate entertainment producer.  She executive produced Footloose at Parker Arts in 2022 and is executive producing Jimmy Buffett’s Escape to Margaritaville at Parker Arts in summer 2023.In 2016, Disney hired Julia to create, produce, triple cast, choreograph, direct, costume and maintain The Silver Lake Sisters. This live enhancement ran five shows a day for several months in Anaheim’s Hollywood Tower of Terror’s lobby before the attraction closed.She lives in Denver with her husband Heath and kiddos Lily Jean and Hudson Johnnie. She loves attracting hummingbirds to her yard and going on camping trips with her family.Oh, and she’s a big ol’ nerd who loves to laugh. Let's play!


Chelley Canales

Chelley Canales has been performing professionally in the Denver area and beyond for 25 years with companies such as Town Hall Arts Center, The Arvada Center, The Aurora Fox, Breckenridge Backstage Theatre, Vintage Theatre and Theatreworks. She has choreographed youth productions at PAA, the JCC and American Academy and is thrilled to work with the hard working and talented cast of Moana, Jr.
Chelley also takes to the stage as a Benefit Auctioneer, helping non-profits raise funds for their missions.

Rebecca Givens

Vice Chair

Rebecca has more than 30 years of experience practicing law both in private practice and as in-
house counsel. Her areas of concentration include contracts, real estate and finance. Through
her years leading corporate legal departments, she is well versed in the legal challenges facing
Colorado businesses and in risk mitigation through inter-departmental collaboration. Rebecca is
currently a partner at Moye White LLP, which is a patron member of Colorado Business
Committee for the Arts, and she currently volunteers with Colorado Attorneys for the Arts on
their vetting committee. Rebecca holds a B.S. in Business Administration from the University of
Nebraska – Lincoln and a J.D. from Creighton University.
Rebecca is passionate about the arts and energized by youth. She sees PAA as a wonderful place
for young people to discover their own passion for the arts in an inclusive and supportive
environment that helps develop teamwork and self-expression while simultaneously building

Lynzee Jones

Lynzee holds a BA in musical theatre from the University of Northern Colorado. She first found her love of all things theatre while growing up in Durango, Colorado and has been privileged to be able to make a career of it! She has been acting professionally since 2009 and continues to do as much performing as possible in the Denver area.

Lynzee has always enjoyed working with children and has found so much joy in blending her two passions in teaching children’s theatre! She has been directing and choreographing children’s theatre since 2012, as well as teaching workshops and coaching young actors and singers. She is thrilled to be a part of PAA!

Marisa VerSteegh

Marisa VerSteegh holds a B.A. in Theatre Arts and Dance from the University of Northern Colorado. Originally from Twin Falls, Idaho, Marisa is extremely active in the Colorado theatre scene. She is thrilled to be a part of the PAA Community. Her recent appearances include Dancer in Margaritaville (Give 5 Productions), Jo in Little Women, Squidward in the first regional production of Spongebob the Musical, Peggy, the darling starlet in 42nd Street, and Judy in A Chorus Line. She has been directing and choreographing professionally the last 4 years, and has been a teacher most of her life. Marisa has directed, choreographed, or performed in over 60 productions, and is excited to begin a new chapter at PAA!


Molly Fickes

Molly Fickes is a Denver based actress, dancer, choreographer, and dance instructor. In the past few years, she has choreographed Fame, Guys and Dolls, Aristocats, Music Man, The Lion King, and The Little Mermaid Jr. at CenterStage Theater Company. She has performed at various theaters in Colorado including Town Hall Arts Center, Miners Alley Playhouse, The Aurora Fox, Vintage Theater, and The Candlelight. Her favorite roles include Finch in Newsies, Little Sally in Urinetown, and Amy March in Little Women. Molly has experience doing and teaching a variety of dance styles, her favorite being musical theater jazz. She loves teaching kids because she has fond memories of growing up doing dance and theater, and hopes she can help build confidence in the next generation of performers!


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.