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Earn High School Credit for Classes at PAA

Earn High School Credit for Classes at PAA

PAA has partnered with Alta Independent, who has verified that our curriculum meets their credit requirements. To receive High School credit you will need to enroll in and complete a semester-long PAA class or show. Students can earn 0.5 credits for each PAA semester-long class or show (minimum 60...

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Spring Class Info from the Artistic Director

Spring Class Info from the Artistic Director

Hello friends and families! This year has been filled with change and uncertainty so I wanted to reach out to you directly to let you know about our plans for the Spring Semester.  As of right now, we are planning to operate our rehearsals and classes in-person beginning January 11. This is how...

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PAA Earned a 2020 Platinum Seal of Transparency

PAA Earned a 2020 Platinum Seal of Transparency

The Platinum Seal allows donors to focus on progress and results. The 2020 Platinum Seal of Transparency, is the highest level of recognition offered by GuideStar, a service of Candid. By sharing metrics that highlight progress we are making toward our mission, PAA is helping donors move beyond...

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Why Musical Theater?

Why Musical Theater?

Participating in musical theater is one of the most memorable experiences a person can have. Working as part of a group to overcome challenges and put on a show anchors the experience in memory. Ask your friends! I bet they can easily recall the first musical they participated in. We love musical...

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CoronaVirus Preparations for the Fall Semester

CoronaVirus Preparations for the Fall Semester

We learned a lot this summer about how to hold in-person classes with students during a pandemic. Things like, how to prevent exposure between classes by assigning dedicated teaching artists for that class only. How limiting the total number of students on campus at one time prevents students from...

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Covid Summer Recap

Covid Summer Recap

What a summer it’s been! First and foremost we want to thank every parent and student for their flexibility and understanding with all of the program rescheduling. We know it was extremely inconvenient and that several of the changes we made prevented some students from participating in the final...

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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.