Performing Arts Academy’s

Staff and Faculty

Dr. James Ramsey

Dr. James Ramsey

Executive Director

James’s Bio
Hilary Adams

Hilary Adams

Artistic Director

 Hilary’s Bio
Samantha Leahy

Samantha Leahy

Production and Site Manager

Sam’s Bio
Taletha Pogge

Taletha Pogge

Financial and Operations Manager

Taletha’s Bio
Kelly Rigolini

Kelly Rigolini

Marketing Manager

Kelly’s Bio
Kate MacLaren

Kate MacLaren

Resident Choreographer | Dance Instructor

Kate’s Bio
Matthew Plamp

Matthew Plamp

Resident Technical Director | Website & IT Manager

Matt’s Bio

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Dr. Jim Ramsey
Executive Director

James Ramsey is Executive Director for the St. Luke’s 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.


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).

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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.

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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.



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.

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Matthew Plamp
Resident Technical Director and Website Manager

Matthew received his MFA from the University of Houston in May of 2014. He earned a BFA from the University of Wyoming. He has been an Assistant Scene Designer for the 2014-16 seasons at the Denver Center for the Performing Arts. He has also worked as a carpenter at McCloud Summer Play House, Black Hills Play House, and Texas Shakespeare Festival. He has served as the technical director for the St. Luke's Performing Arts Academy in Highlands Ranch, Coloado for four years.

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