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Staff and Faculty

Dr. James Ramsey

Dr. James Ramsey

Executive Director

Hilary Adams

Hilary Adams

Artistic Director

Samantha Leahy

Samantha Leahy

Production and Site Manager

Adam Lillibridge

Adam Lillibridge

Resident Production Manager and Technical Director

Taletha Pogge

Taletha Pogge

Financial and Operations Manager

Kelly Rigolini

Kelly Rigolini

Marketing Manager

Kate MacLaren

Kate MacLaren

Resident Choreographer | Dance Director

Elisa Blair

Elisa Blair

Development Coordinator

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Dr. James Ramsey
Executive Director

James Ramsey is Executive Director for the Performing Arts Academy, Director of Music and Arts at St. Luke’s United Methodist Church, and Artistic Director for the Wesley Choral Music Festival. Locally, James works with various orchestras and choirs in addition to conducting choral and orchestral performances across Europe and the United States. As a baritone soloist, he has performed with CU Opera, Pikes Peak Opera, and Rochester (NY) Light Opera Theater. James earned a Doctor of Musical Arts degree at the University of Colorado, Boulder, a Master of Music degree in conducting at the Eastman School of Music, and a Bachelor of Music Education at Middle Tennessee State University. As an instructor, Ramsey has taught at the University of Denver, University of Colorado, Whitman College in Washington, and Brighton Central Schools in Rochester, NY. He is a member of ACDA and has served as the American Choral Directors Association’s Repertoire and Standards Chair for Community Choirs for both Colorado and the Southwest Region. James resides in Littleton with his wife, Leigh, and their sons, Jack and Luke.

Contact Jim at drjim@paacolorado.org or 303-900-7041 ex.1.


Hilary Adams
Artistic Director

Hilary Adams joins PAA with 20 years’ experience in professional theatre directing and artistic leadership, including with two community theatres, in Omaha, NE and York, PA. For the majority of her career, Hilary was based in NYC, where she directed award-winning plays and musicals, including a new adaptation of Moby Dick, which was nominated for three Drama Desk awards, including Outstanding Director of a Play and Outstanding Play. She assisted on five Broadway shows, including assistant directing on Aida (also in Chicago), Reckless, Collected Stories and Titanic (Society of Stage Directors Observership, 2nd Asst. Director), and assisting playwright David Henry Hwang on Flower Drum Song.

Hilary’s master’s degrees are in Applied Theatre (The City University of New York, School of Professional Studies), and in Ethical Leadership (Claremont Lincoln University), for which she received a full tuition President's Leadership Scholarship. She is a Drama League Fellow, and has received five Manhattan Theatre Club Directing Fellowships assistant directing for Artistic Director Lynne Meadow (Collected Stories [B'way], Moonlight and Magnolias, The American Pilot, Our Leading Lady) and Mark Brokaw (Reckless [B'way]).
When not involved with the performing arts, you can usually find Hilary at a barn. She loves riding horses and exploring that unique form of physicalized collaborative communication. She also enjoys feeding carrots and other treats to the equines!

Member of the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society (SDC) & The Equine Experiential Education Association (E3A).

You can contact Hilary at 303-900-7041 ex.3.

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Samantha Leahy
Producer

Samantha serves as Director of Early Childhood Ministry at St. Luke’s UMC and supported Assistant Producer roles with PAA for the last 3 years. Samantha's 16 years of personal and professional experience coupled with her genuine love of children and strong integrity has allowed her to develop her passion for the care and tutelage of children. Samantha joins our team with strong relational skills with the ability to focus on others strengths as a way to stimulate personal and group excellence. She is grateful for the opportunity to join our PAA staff as she knows the impact creative outlets have on transforming the lives of children. Samantha resides in Highlands Ranch and leads many volunteer outreach programs through St. Luke’s. She is also the proud mother to two daughters, Keara and Ryann who attend CU Boulder.

You can contact Sam at 303-900-7041 ex.0.



Adam Lillibridge

Resident Production Manager and Technical Director

Adam is excited to be a part of the PAA community! He received his Bachelor’s Degree in
Theatre Arts from Illinois Wesleyan University. He lived in Los Angeles for six years where he
worked as both a freelance scenic designer and as the Technical Director for classical repertory
theatre company, A Noise Within. His scenic design for their production of Noises Off received
critical acclaim and a Garland Award nomination. He returned to his home state of Colorado in
2011. He has worked for nine years as both a home builder and with D’Evelyn Jr./Sr. High
School as their technical director, director, improv coach, and head of the drama department.
He loves helping young people discover their creativity through the many avenues that theatre
offers. Adam lives in Centennial, and spends his free time singing The Wheels on the Bus with
his wife, Jennifer, daughter, Juniper and their two dogs Quigley and Fezzik.

Taletha
Taletha Pogge
Financial and Operations Manager

Taletha Pogge has been an accountant for over ten years, specializing in accounts payable, accounts receivable, and payroll. She graduated from Walla Walla University with a degree in accounting. She volunteers in her community for a variety of non-profit organizations and has served on the PTO board at her children's school. Taletha's hobbies include hiking in Colorado's great outdoors, sewing, and knitting. She and her husband have lived in Colorado for 7 years with their two wonderful and energetic boys. She enjoys being active and participating in the community.

You can contact Taletha at 303-900-7041 ex.2.



Kelly Rigolini

Marketing and Digital Media Specialist

Kelly Monroe Rigolini currently serves as the Marketing Manager for St. Luke's Performing Arts Academy. She has spent the past few years working in marketing and communications for nonprofit organizations. In those roles she reported on human rights issues and helped send medical supplies to vulnerable populations all over the world. She earned an MBA from Hult International Business School and a BA in International Studies and French Studies from American University. Throughout her life Kelly has studied dance, drama, and music and she has experience as a teacher and choreographer. She is thrilled to have the opportunity to work for PAA and to promote the arts. Kelly lives in Denver with her husband Chris. 

 

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Kate MacLaren
Resident Choreographer

Kate holds a BFA in musical theater from Syracuse University. She was a Radio City Rockette for four years and represented the U.S. twice in the World Tap Dance Championships. Professional performance credis include: 42nd Street International Tour, Funny Girl Tour, Cirque's Christmas Dreams, Singin' In The Rain, Chicago, and A Chorus Line. An award winning choreographer with choreography previously featured in national tours and regional theater productions, Kate teaches dance master classes throughout North America.



Elisa Blair

Development Coordinator

Elisa Blair is thrilled for the opportunity to be working with the Performing Arts Academy! She obtained a BFA in Technical Theatre from the University of Wyoming, which she has successfully used in stage managing, retirement finance planning, and coordinating PAA’s Stars in Arts Gala for the last 3 years and counting. Now, she can utilize her skills to help PAA while it continues to grow. Born and raised in Littleton, Elisa now resides in Highlands Ranch with her fantastic husband, three amazing step kids, a plethora of animals, and beautiful new baby girl!