PAA Behavior Expectations

Our high standards of excellence and commitment are what make the Performing Arts Academy (PAA) unique. A student’s success is directly related to working hard and achieving the goals that are given in a supportive environment, both at PAA and at home. Our PAA expectations for students and parents/guardians are below:

Be prepared by practicing at home, bringing all necessary materials and wearing appropriate attire and shoes. Be accountable for assigned roles, parts or previous instruction. If inadequate preparation is demonstrated, the teaching artist or artistic team may reassign the role or assign an understudy.

Contribute to the community with a kind and positive attitude. Lead by respecting others and respecting the space.

Maximize your time with perfect and prompt attendance. Known absences are communicated in writing to producer@paacolorado.org prior to the first day of any session. If serious ailment or sickness occurs during a session resulting in several absences, the teaching artist or artistic team may either reassign or cast an understudy.

PAA’s commitment is to create the opportunity for transformative experiences in as many ways as possible for participants who are prepared and able to  engage in this type of performing arts educational experience. Your commitment to PAA will help you learn, perform and grow in confidence, skills and character as much as possible.


Our Organization’s Goals

Performing Arts Academy (PAA) provides transformative, character building experiences for Pre-K through 12th grade students through performing arts education. The three core values that set us apart and create a lasting impression on our students and families are Character, Curriculum, and Community.

Character through leadership and integrity
We foster an understanding of diversity that includes people of all abilities, socioeconomic backgrounds, ethnicities, and faiths. We cultivate leadership through service to our students, modeling a spirit of kindness, generosity, and an unwavering commitment to authenticity, transparency, and the highest standards of conduct.

Curriculum guided by educational standards
With the understanding that performing arts are essential to a balanced education, we design and implement curriculum that promotes high quality experiences that engages successful outcomes.

Community focus
PAA extends community to everyone and incorporates teamwork and collaboration into the programs. PAA also encourages students to graciously share their talents with public audiences as part of their learning experiences.

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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.