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.
Boulder Ensemble Theatre Lab Teacher & Acting Major Instructor
Malary is an Actress, Teaching Artist, and Designer. Previously Malary worked and lived in New York City. Malary has been working with and coaching kids of all ages for over ten years. This is Malary’s second year with APPA! Malary graduated in Performing arts with an emphasis in Acting, Directing and Theatrical Design (Costume Design) from Iowa State University. Some of Malary’s favorite roles include; playing the part of Edith Potter in The Women, playing Mrs. Antrobus in The Skin Of Our Teeth, playing the flamboyant and blunder-prone Mrs. Malaprop in The Rivals and playing 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 is a first time new mommy to Henry (6 months old!) and she has a deep love for long morning runs, yoga, kickboxing, reading historical fiction novels, plays, musical theater and singing karaoke.
Assistant Program Manager
Ashley Ellen Frary is a visual and performing artist currently working in both the Denver and Boulder areas. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Acting from Millikin University, where she studied abroad with the Globe and PunchDrunk theatre companies in London and PanTheatre in Paris. Additionally, she has over 25 years of dance training in multiple disciplines. Ashley has had the privilege of working with many theatre companies and schools as a performer, instructor, choreographer and director, her favorites including D’Alto Studio of Performing Arts, Ballet Indiana, University of Southern Indiana, Tales & Scales Inc, Vintage Theatre, Misassembly Productions and Colorado Shakespeare Festival. Outside of the theatre, Ashley loves to read adventurous books and paint, and she is never without a cup of hot coffee or tea.
Boulder Junior & IPC/Senior & Ensemble Company Show 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 winning 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.
Denver Senior & Ensemble Company Show Director, Denver AAPA Ensemble Instructor, Boulder Senior Theatre Lab Instructor
Lisa Ann Gaylord is proud to be returning for her fourth year with Rocky Mountain Theater for Kids and the Actors Academy for Performing Arts. This will be Lisa’s second year as Boulder’s Senior Theater Lab instructor and Denver’s Senior/Ensemble Company Show 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 New York, Southern CO, Chicago, and Alaska. Some of her favorite roles include: “Lilith” in She Kills Monsters, “Juliet” in Romeo and Juliet, “Pauline” in One Man, Two Guvnors’, and an member of several devising companies, including the Denver Center for the Performing Arts Master Class Trapeze Show Human Family. She has been enjoying her work as a teaching artist as it also helps her perception and understanding of theater grow. She is happy to be in her beautiful home state where she enjoys hiking, rock climbing, and Rocky Mountain sunsets.
Debra Berioli Hammond
Denver Junior/IPC & Senior/Ensemble Company Show Music Director, Vocal Instructor
Deborah Berioli is a critically acclaimed soprano for her portrayals of leading operatic roles including Amelia in Verdi’s A Masked Ball and the title roles of Puccini’s Madama Butterfly and Tosca. Her career has led her to perform with major US regional opera houses and concert halls including Carnegie Hall, New York and internationally with Derby Cathedral in England and Jaffa Old City in Tel Aviv. In conjunction with her performance career, Deborah has been a devoted teacher and music director for high school musicals, churches and choirs. She has held the position of Director of Music for the Unitarian Universalist Church of Boulder since 2014 and is happy to return to AAPA as Music Director for the 2018-2019 season. She holds certifications in behavioral breathing sciences, educational capnography using biofeedback and is completing her Masters of Science Degree in behavioral breathing sciences as well as a certification in orofacial myology.
Boulder Vocal Instructor
Cordelia is a vocalist and pianist, who recently graduated from Bowdoin College in Maine with a degree in Music and Hispanic Studies. She is excited to be back in the West to pursue her passions in music, theater, and education. In college she performed classical piano, trained as a vocalist in Classical, Afro-Latin, Spanish, and Jazz music, and music-directed and starred in Sweeney Todd and Into the Woods. She believes that musical theater is one of the most important things we can do as human beings to know ourselves, each other, and connect to the world around us. Cordelia has been teaching students vocal technique, piano, and music theory for the past four years.
Denver Junior/IPC & Senior/Ensemble Company Show Stage Manager
Lucas Bareis-Golumb is originally from Rapid City, South Dakota, but has been living in Denver for the past twelve or so years and considers Colorado his home state. RMTK is where he found his love for Stage Management, first working as an intern/ASM under Deb Voss at the Boulder branch in 2011. He would go on to graduate from the Metropolitan University of Denver in 2015 with a BFA in Applied Theatre Technology and Design, with an emphasis in Stage Management. Since then he has been working in and around Denver with such theatres as the Denver Center for the Performing Arts, the Arvada Center for the Arts and Humanities, Phamaly Theatre Company and even so far as venturing all the way to Creede, Colorado to work for Creede Repertory Theatre. He is excited to be returning to his roots with AAPA Denver!
Boulder Vocal Instructor
Kathryn Colabroy-Foulke, MM is thrilled to return to the role of Vocal Majors at AAPA for the 2018-19 year. She is an active performer, soloist, director, producer, voice performance teacher and collegiate audition coach. As an artist-educator for over ten years, she has directed and performed in a mixture of theatrical productions ranging from musical theatre, to drama, to opera. Katie recently relocated to Boulder from outside Philadelphia, where she served for nine years as the CEO and Artistic Director of The bel canto Vocal Academy. Her mission is to guide young artists to fully love the voice within them and experience the delight of authentic vocal expression. Her students have gone on to study music and theatre at prestigious universities throughout the country including Berklee College of Music, Vanderbilt University, NYU, Manhattan School of Music and SUNY Purchase. She holds 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). Katie is married to Ben and they have 3 kids: Zachary, Liam, and Annalyn Violet.
Boulder Vocal Instructor
Rebecca Spence recently moved to Colorado from New York City. Rebecca holds a Bachelor’s degree in Music from Mannes College of Music and a Master’s in Music from Manhattan School of Music. In June 2017, Rebecca completed the highly selective Lincoln Center Scholars Music Education program and graduated with a Masters of the Arts in Music Education from Hunter College. As a part of the Lincoln Center Scholars program Rebecca developed a music department and curriculum at the South Bronx Early College Academy Charter School, teaching piano, guitar, drumming, chorus, and voice. Rebecca also participated in the year long Carnegie Hall Music Educators Workshop and studied conducting, teaching, and performing techniques with fellow New York City educators.
An accomplished operatic soprano, Rebecca has sung in numerous recitals throughout Austria and Italy, and won the Bürgermeister Stingl award at the AIMS Meistersinger Competition in Graz, Austria. Rebecca also has a strong musical theater background and can currently be seen in Seussical as Gertrude McFuzz at the Arvada Center Children’s Theatre. Favorite roles include Woglinde in Das Rheingold with the Liederkranz Opera Theatre and Ado Annie in Oklahoma with Ohio Light Opera. Other roles performed include Valencienne in The Merry Widow, Alice Ford in Falstaff, Micaela in Carmen, Seour Constance in Dialogues of the Carmelites, Despina in Cosi fan Tutte, and the Fourth Maid in Elektra. Rebecca has performed with Ohio Light Opera, Lyric Opera Northwest, The Natchez Music Festival, The Liederkranz Opera Theatre, The Opera Theatre of Pittsburgh, and the Aspen Opera Theatre Center.
Boulder Dance Instructor
Kelly King is one of those people who is born to teach! As much as she loves being in the studio, learning as much as possible or performing herself, she thrives even more witnessing young people expand their abilities and confidence. Kelly is so fortunate to have had the opportunity to be in dance education for 21 years. She has taught everything from ballet, modern, jazz, pointe, rep, RAD, & Ceccetti, Boot Camps, HIIT, & willPower & grace. She earned a BFA in dance performance from the University of Arizona, dances professionally in Denver, is an entrepreneur, personal trainer, group coach, and a mom. She enjoys roller blading, hiking, reading, and music.
Denver Dance Instructor
Rebecca Leslie Wright was born in the suburbs of Philadelphia, Pa. and moved to Virginia at the age of three, where she started dance lessons at the local YMCA. She spent several formative years at the Martinique School of Dance where she performed many lead roles in recitals and was a part of The Night Before Christmas for two seasons. She performed at The Richmond Ballet in The Nutcracker for four years and one season of Coppelia. In her first year at VCU Rebecca participated in a restaging of Martha Graham’s Panorama and performed with the company at the Carpenter Center. She has studied under many guest artists such as Ron Brown, Nicolas Leichter, Gus Solomons Jr. Rebecca went to two American College Dance Festivals, and took Hawaiian Dance taught by Audrey Jung.
She worked at a local church as their Dance Choir Director, performed for the Virginia Baptist’s Women Missions Board, many solo pieces in various local churches, and showcased her dance and theatre skills during two trips to Brazil. As Co-Director of Pulse Dance Collective, with Marianne Kelley, Rebecca performed and choreographed for the company in Virginia. For the last 2 years Rebecca attended the annual IABD Conference participating in panel discussions and continuing her training in master classes. Over 10 years ago Rebecca moved to Colorado and found it abundant with arts opportunities and got involved performing, teaching, and choreographing. Rebecca has taught for over 20 years and enjoys working with youth and adults to bring the passion and dedication of dance into their lives.
Boulder Munchkin Music Director, Junior/IPC Company Show Choreographer, Afterschool Class Teacher
McKensey Struzik recently graduated from The Conservatory of Performing Arts at Point Park University where she received her BA in Acting with a minor in Musical Theatre. She since has been directing, choreographing and music directing children’s theatre productions and teaching private piano, voice and acting in Northern VA. In addition to teaching, she has performed in numerous musical theater productions. Her favorite rolls include “Ensemble” in The Sound of Music National Tour at Wolf Trap, “Mary Poppins” in Mary Poppins and “Truly Scrumptious” in Chitty Chitty Bang Bang.
She just recently moved to Colorado and is so excited to be spending her first year here at RMTK. She worked with the Younger Company in Denver over the summer and is thrilled to now be working with APPA and after school classes in Boulder. She is looking forward to continuing her time with RMTK, while also taking advantage of the many performing opportunities Colorado has to offer.
Boulder Junior/IPC Company Show & Senior/Ensemble Company Show Stage Manager, Denver Afterschool Class Teacher
MC is super excited about her first AAPA season! MC Smalley is originally from Nashville, TN and moved to Colorado this May. She went to the University of Evansville in Indiana and graduated with a B.S. in Stage Management and Applied Math. Recent stage management credits include Oklahoma!, Silent Sky, and The Winter’s Tale. This summer she worked with RMTK in Denver as the summer choreographer for Anything Goes, Oliver!, James and the Giant Peach, and Mulan.
Boulder Munchkins Director/Choreographer, Acting Major Instructor, Junior/IPC Acting Coach, Denver IPC Theatre Lab Instructor
Kyle is thrilled to be starting her first year teaching with AAPA after a full and exciting RMTK summer! Kyle has had a lifelong love for theatre starting her journey at the age of 10 in a program much like APPA. Her love for the theatre only grew as she went on to receive her BFA in Acting and Directing with an emphasis in Musical Theatre and her MFA in Stage Performance from the University of Hawaii. Before relocating to Denver in July of 2017 she worked as a professional actress in Los Angeles. Kyle has over 10 years of experience teaching children’s theatre and is excited to continue to share her knowledge and love of the craft here at RMTK – AAPA. Some of her other passions include yoga, hiking and traveling as much as possible!
Denver Senior Theatre Lab Teacher, Denver Afterschool Class Teacher
Emma Faulkner is a performer, educator, and teaching artist. She received her Bachelor’s Degree in Theatre at San Diego State University. Emma moved to Colorado from Southern California in June of 2017 to work with Rocky Mountain Theatre for Kids as a Stage Manager. She continues her work in various after school classes as well as teaching Senior Theatre Lab. Alongside RMTK Emma works as a Teacher’s Assistant for Denver Academy and a Teaching Artist for Mirror Image Arts. Emma’s passion lies in educational theatre and theatre for all. She enjoys seeing the magic of theatre transform the lives and hearts of young people.
Boulder Junior/IPC Company Show and Senior/Ensemble Company Show Music Director, Boulder and Denver Vocal Major Instructor
Stephanie Wells has recently relocated from NYC to Colorado. She is music director and music and theater educator. She was adjunct faculty at Kingsborough College since 2011 where she taught voice and music history and music directed the yearly musical production for the Theater Department. She’s also music directed at New York University where she worked on political satire and children’s theater classes. She was the music director for 4 years for a dynamic performance known as The Reality Show for the NYC, Abu Dhabi and Shanghai campuses of NYU as well. Some other highlights are working at The Performing Arts Project, La Mama, Columbia College Chicago, NYMF, The New School and the stage of the United Nations. Her other teaching artist work includes TADA! Youth Theater, The Leadership Program, Brooklyn Acting Lab, Brooklyn Children’s Theater, PS 107 and USDAN Summer Musical Theater Repertory Program. Over the years, in her hometown, Chicago, and NYC, she has played in multiple bands and projects ranging from jazz, blues, funk to pop to folk/Americana to Brazilian Rock.
Denver Junior/IPC Theatre Lab and Senior/Ensemble Theatre Lab Instructor
Jordan Griffiths, from Milford, New York, is an actor, singer, stage manager, director, and educator. She stepped foot on stage for the first time at the ripe old age of six and has never left. She graduated with her B.A in acting and directing from Castleton University, and holds associate degrees in theatre performance and musical theatre from Genesee Community College. She has performed professionally in both New York and Vermont and is beginning to find a home within the Colorado theatre community having recently made her debut as Sheila in Fearless Theatre’s production of Hair. She has performed several different roles for AAPA since she moved to Denver in the summer of 2017 and looks forward to taking on more!
Director of Operations
Stuart has been working with Actors Academy for The Performing Arts and Rocky Mountain Theatre For Kids since its inception over twenty years ago. He has worked in small business administration, production management, the technology sector, and public school education. A state licensed secondary school teacher, he has worked with children in the educational arena for over twelve years. He has a great passion for helping children succeed on stage and in life, to 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, and non-fiction writer. He has just published a non-fiction book called “Fixing You is Killing Me: A Conscious Roadmap to Knowing When to Save and When to Leave Your Relationship”, and is currently on a book-reading tour.
Program Manager/Boulder Stage Manager
Blakely is thrilled to be in her fourth year with the Actor’s Academy for the Performing Arts and Rocky Mountain Theatre for Kids! Blakely has been involved in theatre since she was six years old, and is excited to continue fostering her passion with our remarkably talented AAPA students. She received her BFA in Theatre Design and Technical Production from the University of Memphis, and worked as a freelance stage manager for the Tennessee Shakespeare Company, Theatre Memphis, the Orlando Repertory Theatre, the Sands Theatre Company, and PCPA Theaterfest before joining AAPA. 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 lives in Broomfield with his partner, River, after living in the mountains for over twenty years. He holds a Masters in Comparative Religion and brings fourteen years of Waldorf School administration experience to his responsibilities at RMTK/AAPA. Barry brings to RMTK/AAPA enormous expertise in technology interface design, executive administration, parent relationship management, and more. Ceramics, antiques, hiking and traveling are some passions.