All staff undergo a Colorado State and Federal background check.
Artistic Director, Founder, Director & Acting Coach
Michelle grew up as a performer in New York City. She holds degrees in Theatre and Dance with a secondary emphasis in Film and Multimedia from Southern Oregon University, Hunter College in NYC, and Naropa University in Boulder, CO. She has extensively studied acting pedagogy, improvisation, and vocal technique in New York City at La Mama, Circle in the Square Theatre, HB studios, and Theatre Sports. She has been fortunate to have had the opportunity to study with such renowned acting teachers as Stella Adler, Uta Hagen, Peter Goldfarb and Ruth Zaporah among others. In 1996, she founded Rocky Mountain Theatre for Kids, an award winning youth theatre where her mission was to create highly creative, innovative, and fresh children’s theatre for the community. Michelle has directed over 70 plays in all genres of theatre from well known musicals such as “Fiddler on the Roof” and “Oliver” to dramas such as Eve Ensler’s “Necessary Targets” and most recently Sarah Ruhl’s “Dead Man’s Cell Phone”.
Malary graduated in Performing Arts with an emphasis in Acting, Directing and Theatrical (Costume) Design from Iowa State University. Some of Malary’s favorite roles include, playing the part of Edith Potter in “The Women”, Mrs. Antrobus in “The Skin of Our Teeth”, the flamboyant and blunder-prone Mrs. Malaprop in “The Rivals”, the strong, smart and opinionated Hannah in “Arcadia” and Emily in “Our Town.” She’s worked at the only equity theater in Iowa with the cast of “Godspell”.
Malary has a deep love for long morning runs, yoga, kickboxing, reading historical fiction novels, plays, musical theater and singing karaoke.
Ashley Frary Lutz recently relocated to Colorado from her hometown, Evansville, Indiana, and is excited to join the RMTK team! Ashley has been training in music and dance ever since she was a young girl. She holds a degree in Theatre with a emphasis in Acting from Millikin University, where she took the opportunity to study abroad in London with the Globe Theatre, PunchDrunk Theatre, and Pan Theatre in Paris. In Indiana, she worked as a performer and Artistic Director for four years with children’s theatre company, Tales & Scales. She has also worked as a director, choreographer and instructor at D’Alto Studio of Performing Arts, Evansville Civic Theatre, University of Southern Indiana, and many others. Favorite directing projects include Crayons the Musical, Macbeth, Arcadia, 13: The Musical, Annie and Sleepy Hollow.
Isabella Duran is a singer, instrumentalist and music teacher currently based in Denver. She has starred in numerous musicals all over the country including Sweeney Todd, Cabaret, and The Sound of Music, and has music directed many more. She has worked with youth for years, volunteering and teaching in Denver, New Hampshire, Santa Fe, and most recently in Barcelona, where she earned her TEFL certificate. She holds a B.A. in Liberal Arts from St John’s College. In addition to music and theater education, she enjoys dancing, and singing with many talented friends in the local jazz and R&B scenes, plus playing a few gigs.
Dorinda Dercar has a BA in Music Ed – Vocal, Instrumental, and Theatre – a Master’s degree in Vocal Performance, and has taught for 30+ years in New York, New Jersey, and Boulder. A member of NATS (Nat’l Association of Teachers of Singing), Dorinda teaches voice in the styles of Classical, or “legit”, Musical Theatre, Pop, Rock, and Mix. Dorinda also works as a film and stage actor with a lifetime of professional performance experience in Opera, Live Theatre and Musical Theatre (Off-B’way in NYC, and in Denver), Choir singing, Cabaret shows, Film, TV, Voice Over, Choreography and Directing. She is currently tap dancing with the Rhythm Tree Tap Company in Evergreen, CO. Dorinda has taught many people who have gone on to become professional singers and actors. Some of her former students include Jessica Biel, Ace Young (American Idol) Julia Johanos (Arvada Center, and now theatres in NYC), Katie Bland (original Off B’way Cast of Voca People, Kimberly Hannon (the B’way musicals Tommy and Les Miserables), Tera Lee Pollin (B’way Cast of Mama Mia), Brian Cronin, Matt Peters (BDT Stage) and many more. She loves the delight that her students express when they accomplish what they once thought was out of reach or impossible!
Boulder Munchkin, IPC & Senior Instructor & Director
Dillon has worked with Rocky Mountain Theater for Kids and The Actors Academy since 2012. She received a BA in Theater Arts from the University of California at Santa Barbara and a Masters Degree in Social Work from Wheelock College in Boston. Dillon has been involved in theater her whole life. She began her theater training in the artist community of Ojai, CA. Highlights of her theatrical career include: training and performing with the Young Americans in southern California, starting the performing arts program for Bramcote- Lorn school in Nottingham, UK, teaching and directing for Ojai Valley School, and directing for the award wining Watertown Children’s Theater in Boston. Dillon’s favorite directing credits include: Secret Garden, Alice in Wonderland, Cats!, The King and I, Into the Woods, Mary Poppins and Les Miserables.
Dramatic Coloratura Soprano, Sarah Stone, has been trilling audiences with her lush and powerful voice. A Colorado native, she has been singing since she could speak, first in church choirs and then while performing in children’s theatre. While studying in High School, she was tasked with singing Rosalinde in Strauss’ Die Fledermaus and immediately fell in love with opera and music. The Colorado Springs Gazette praised her “fine vocalism and entertaining acting” in a recent performance of Lakmé with Opera Theatre of the Rockies. As Richard Boldrey, author of the Guide to Operatic Roles and Arias described Sarah, “she gives herself to her singing and she makes you listen to her singing.” Ms. Stone’s voice is especially suited to performing roles in Bel Canto, Verdi, and Mozart operas, and she performed Fiordiligi in Così fan tutte with Boulder Opera this summer. Sarah has a passion for musical theatre as well. In addition to performing, Ms. Stone loves igniting creative passion in young people. She has a Masters degree from Northwestern University.
Boulder Munchkins Choreographer & After School Class Teacher
From the United States to Europe to Bali, Amber has studied a large variety of dance forms and performed on hundreds of stages. As a child and teenager, she received her first intensive dance training in California, on scholarships at The Edge Performing Arts Center, LA Dance Force, and The Sierra Performing Arts Center. Her roles have included Artistic Director, Choreographer, Producer, Dancer, Actor, Student, Costume Designer, and Teacher, all within the realm of performing arts. She has been teaching dance to children and adults on and off since the 1990’s (the off-part being that she took a pause in order to be Mommy to her two beautiful children – who are not so little now – as well as Art Manager to her husband). In recent years Amber has been having a hilariously teary time exploring the world of Theater Clown, which has helped to grow her person from the inside out. She continues to expand her dance and theater studies with the support of her loving husband, and is excited to be a part of the AAPA team.
Megan, originally from Kansas City, Missouri, attended and graduated from Oklahoma City University’s Ann Lacy School of American Dance and Arts Management with a Bachelor of Science in American Dance Pedagogy and a Master of Fine Arts in Dance. After graduation, Megan accepted a position within the Ann Lacy School of American Dance and Arts Management department, serving as Assistant to Jo Rowan, the Dance Department Chair. Megan held numerous roles at OCU, including Assistant Professor of Dance and Assistant Director to the Community Dance Center. Megan has extensive training in ballet, jazz, tap, and musical theater dance. Most recently, Megan has had the privilege of teaching dance and choreographing throughout the Mid-West and now in Colorado. Megan’s career includes professional stage management, performance, and choreographic experience with productions such as The American Spirit Dance Company’s Shows, South Pacific, Coppélia, The Wizard of Oz, and Beauty & the Beast. Megan is so excited to now be a part of the Actors Academy for The Performing Arts!
Dance has always played a large role in Kerry’s life. Her dance training began at a young age and she has studied from such notable dancers as Tony Coppola, Pattie Obey, Janet Johnson, Monte Black and more. She studied dance and business at the University of Northern Colorado and received her MBA from Regis University. After relocating to Denver in 2008, she and other UNC alumni founded Feet Off the Ground Dance Company as an outlet to peruse their love for dance. For more than seven years now, Kerry has trained dancers of all levels in tap, jazz, ballet and more. Kerry is committed to promoting creativity and engaging dancers to experience movement in new and challenging ways. She currently lives in Aurora with her loving husband and their feisty dog, Basil. In her free time she enjoys photography, hiking, listening to TONS of music and of course…dancing. Kerry is delighted to be joining the Actor’s Academy for the Performing Arts family for the 2015/2016 season!
Krystene grew up in a family of musicians and from an early age it was clear she had a gift for piano and voice. She has a degree in piano performance from the University of Washington, where she began her studies in earnest at the age of 11 with the renowned, Bela Siki. Interim years included studies at the University of Michigan as well as the Music Academy of the West in Santa Barbara where she honed and refined her abilities as a concert pianist. She has a minor in vocal jazz and has performed extensively as a soloist as well as choral and ensemble work.In the early 90’s she shifted her focus away from playing concerts. Acting as Musical Director, vocal and piano coach, she helped build a grass-roots, youth theatre, performing arts training school in Seattle, WA with artistic director, Lani Brockman. The studio is thriving to this day.In the late 90’s Krystene shifted her focus to piano, composition and raising two amazing daughters. She has produced three albums of original music, has written pieces for movie scores, non-profit organizations and small companies, all the while continuing to perform on stage herself or acting as Musical Director at Studio East.New to the Rocky Mountains, Krystene is thrilled to be a part of the RMTK staff and looks forward to mentoring the young talent in the Colorado area.
Katie Foulke is an active performer, musical director and private vocal performance teacher. She earned both a BA and MM in Voice Performance and is a member of The National Music Honor Society and The National Association of Teacher’s of Singing (NATS). She made her debut performance at the age of three and has not left the stage since! With an extensive background in musical theatre, classical and CCM musical styles, she is just as comfortable in an aria as she is in Sondheim. Her students have gone on to study music and theatre at prestigious universities throughout the country including Berklee College of Music, Vanderbilt University, NYU and SUNY Purchase. Katie recently relocated to CO from outside Philadelphia where she owned and operated The bel canto Vocal Academy. Katie married her duet partner Ben and has two of the best boys around!
Lisa Ann Gaylord is proud to be returning for her second year with Rocky Mountain Theater for Kids and her first year as the AAPA Denver Munchkin Director. Lisa is a Colorado native, who received her BFA in Theatre from Adelphi University in Garden City, NY. After graduating in 2013, Lisa traveled and performed in Southern CO, Chicago, and Alaska. Lisa is now a professional Denver actress and teaching artist who enjoys being creative on the stage or off. She is happy to be back in her beautiful home state where she enjoys hiking, rock climbing, and Rocky Mountain sunsets.
Marla has been lucky enough to work as a director and choreographer for various theaters and films across the country. Some of her favorite past productions include Godspell, the Off-Broadway premier of A Pie Rat’s Tale, Next to Normal, Motif Awards Opening Performance, and Clybourne Park. Marla is also continuing her education at the University of Colorado, Boulder by pursuing an MFA in Dance. Her research focuses on the function of dance as a storytelling element in musical theater, and its ability to break down cultural and emotional barriers. She is extremely excited to continue working with such beautiful and talented young artists. She finds a great deal of inspiration from working with the RMTK team and hopes to continue pushing and teaching students on how to become eloquent performers and dancers.
Randy Reeman is a native Coloradan, currently working as a composer, pianist, vocalist, recording artist, teacher & music director. He received his bachelors degree in piano & vocal performance from Cal Arts. He also studied at the University of Miami, Metro-State College, UNC & Cal Arts with notable instructors such as Charlie Haden, Bill Powell, & Ron Miles. Randy has toured/worked with the Lawrence Welk Orchestra, Trans-Siberian Orchestra, Black Symphony, and Sturgeon. As a solo performer, accompanist, studio musician & music director, Randy has worked for various productions & theaters in L.A. & Denver, including cabaret artists, choirs, bands, actors, opera singers, composers & churches. In L.A., he taught at the Coast Music Conservatory, Eagle Rock High charter program, Keyboard Concepts, El Segundo High, and School of Rock/Pasadena. In Colorado, Randy performs in The Crested Butte music festival, local clubs, house concerts, weddings, parties, while holding recitals & concerts annually at the Boulder Piano Gallery & Rockley Music Center. As a music director, Randy is glad to be involved with the illustrious AAPA team.
Director of Operations
Stuart has been working with Actors Academy for The Performing Arts and Rocky Mountain Theatre For Kids since its inception twenty years ago. A state licensed secondary school teacher, he has worked with children in the educational and creative arena for over twelve years. He has a great passion for helping children succeed on stage, which he has seen time and again launch children’s self esteem to new heights. He brings a wealth of educational, business, and production management experience to Rocky Mountain Theatre For Kids. Stuart is also a novelist, playwright. He recently completed a full length dramatic script titled “Enemies and Allies”.
Blakely is thrilled to be joining the Actor’s Academy for the Performing Arts! Blakely recently moved from Memphis, TN to Denver, CO, and has been involved in theatre since she was six years old. She received her BFA in Theatre Design and Technical Production from the University of Memphis, and has worked as a stage manager for the Tennessee Shakespeare Company, Theatre Memphis, the Orlando Repertory Theatre, the Sands Theatre Company, and PCPA Theaterfest. Some of her favorite stage management credits include Richard III, The Addams Family,Freckleface Strawberry, Shrek: The Musical, The Rivals, Hairspray, and The Phantom of the Opera.
Barry recently moved to Broomfield with his partner, River, after living in the mountains for over twenty years. He holds a Masters in Comparative Religion and brings over ten years of Waldorf School administration experience to his responsibilities at the Actors Academy. Ceramics, antiques, hiking and traveling are some passions.