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Student Rules and Guidelines for Classes and Rehearsals

  1. Be prepared! This may include items such as dance shoes for dance classes, sneakers or jazz shoes to rehearse in, paper for notes, pencil, water bottle, and music and/or scripts. Practice outside of rehearsal is critical. Classes may also ask for homework and preparation. You may need to bring a snack or food for some longer rehearsals or classes. Your instructors will tell you specifics about what is needed to be successful!
  2. PAA is an inclusive community.  Be a part of creating a safe and respectful space. This means all students, faculty and staff work together to create a supportive environment for every student to learn and grow. Be kind, courteous, and respectful to others, take care of yourself and take care of the room. Respect other people’s personal space and keep your hands to yourself unless instructed otherwise (example; dance contact improv).
  3. PAA does not allow mean, hostile or threatening words or actions.
  4. Please go to a faculty or PAA staff member if you have a problem or conflict that you need help solving. We are here to help you resolve differences and find solutions.
  5. Please ask an adult if you need to leave the room for any reason.
  6. Ask the PAA faculty or staff member at the front desk if you would like to phone or text home and/or contact an adult/guardian.
  7. Use the restroom before/after classes and rehearsals and during break times. Bathroom breaks when classes and rehearsals are underway will only be allowed in an emergency.
  8. Cell phones and other electronics must stay in backpacks at all times, as well as toys, stuffed animals, food, and items not requested by the instructors. Backpacks stay outside of classes and rehearsals in the location requested by PAA staff members. All notes must be taken with pencil and paper.
  9. Stay engaged and focused. Every moment in class and rehearsal is an opportunity to learn. Stay attentive, and seek to learn from others and support their process.
  10. Be brave! Take creative risks.
  11. Have fun!

Disciplinary Action Protocol for Student Behavior

In order to preserve a safe environment in all programs, PAA has adopted a three strike or three offense policy for student behavior.

Please note: violence and violent speech is not allowed and will result in immediate dismissal from the program. A student who engages in violent behavior or speech may not be invited back to participate. 

First OffenseA verbal warning with a reminder that a behavior is inappropriate; an alternate strategy for future use is agreed upon. An incident report is written and documented and the Production and Site Manager calls the parent or guardian to inform them of the incident.  

Second OffenseVerbal reprimand – a more serious verbal reminder with further consequences outlined in relation to mutually agreed-upon alternative strategies. Incident Report is filled out and a private meeting with a parent or guardian will take place to discuss behavior  issues with the Artistic Director. Following the discussion with all parties involved the Artistic Director determines the appropriate course of action, up to being expelled from the program.

Third Offense  – Dismissal from the program.

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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.