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Brandon was a teacher in the San Francisco Bay Area from 2003-2011. With a degree in Theatre Arts and a teaching credential in Secondary English, Brandon has taught Accelerated 9th grade English, Technical Theatre, Acting, Speech and Debate, and has directed 16 stage productions; Beauty and the Beast, You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown, The Wiz, Rent, and Jesus Christ Superstar just to name a few. He won an “Excellence in the Arts” award from his district. For the past 2 years he has worked relentlessly to put HAA on the map; performing anti-bullying assemblies, birthday parties, workshops, haunted houses, kids' night outs, improv comedy troupes, preschool art programs, writing/directing shows, teaching classes, and creating meaningful learning opportunities. Brandon recently accepted a teaching position at Conrad Ball Middle School, teaching 7th grade Language Arts. He grew up in the theatre, as both his parents were Drama teachers. Being an educator is in his blood and he loves sharing the arts with aspiring students. Brandon is a working actor and is the creator and star of his own one-man kid’s TV show, The Boo Show www.thebooshow.com. He has also performed in over 40 stage productions. In addition to being an accomplished director and actor, Brandon also is an experienced scenic artist, choreographer, and has owned his own DJ business. Besides his growing family and loved ones, nothing is more important to him than being a teacher and expressing himself through the wonderful world of theatre. Email email@example.com
Lauren was a Kindergarten teacher in the San Francisco Bay Area for eight years. Graduating Summa Cum Laude with her multiple subject teaching credential and an emphasis in childhood development, Lauren has excelled as an educator. Since coming to Loveland she has managed the academy, taught dance classes, Zumba dance exercise, handled registration, and will now teach Kindergarten at Lincoln Elementary. She is a dancer, actress, choreographer, director, makeup artist, and loving mom. Lauren has performed in 15 stage productions. Some of her favorites include A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Bye Bye Birdie, Cabaret, Crazy for You and The Wiz. Lauren has been an aerobic and “Spinning” instructor, cheerleading coach, and personal trainer, making fitness and healthy living high priorities. Lauren has also taught Drama and Speech/Debate to children ages 6-12 for Ohlone College program “Ohlone for Kids.” Lauren believes in nurturing each child’s creative potential.
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Steven has an advanced college degree in Theatre Arts and Public Speaking from the University of California/Santa Barbara. He has taught high school and junior high school Drama, Speech, Debate and English for thirty-three years in the Bay Area of California, as well as fourteen years at Ohlone College for Kids. His high school Drama program, which he shared with his son Brandon, was recognized as one of the top 100 in the nation. Steven and Brandon’s program was invited to the Edinburgh, Scotland International High School Theatre Festival six years in a row. Steven won County and District Teacher of the Year awards, as well as one for “Excellence in Education-Performing Arts” with letters from a State Senator and a State Representative. He has performed in and/or produced and directed ninety-nine theatrical productions from children’s theatre to College shows over the past forty years. Steven is currently the technical director for the academy and enjoys creating memorable experiences for HAA's audiences.
Marily has a Masters Degree in Education and a BA in Liberal Studies and utilized her Multiple Subject Credential teaching in the San Francisco Bay Area for 18 years. She taught English, Drama, Self-Esteem Building and Decision Making classes to 5th through 8th graders, as well as directed 30 theatrical productions. Marily has designed and constructed costumes for Children’s Theatre, High School Theatre, College Theatre, and Community Theatre totaling over 50 productions. She is a master seamstress who also loves making jewelry, knitting with looms, and a variety of arts and crafts. Having written screenplays, stage plays for children, and performed as an actress and singer, Marily is an accomplished artist. Building self confidence in young people through creative expression has been a life goal, however her number one passion remains her family.
A deep passion for the arts has always been a part of Brittany’s life. Growing up with two drama teachers as parents, Brittany was destined to be involved with theatre arts. She has been a part of over 40 productions, whether her job is to perform, direct, set lights, design costumes or do make-up. Brittany graduated from California State University East Bay with a degree in English, emphasis in creative writing, and a minor in Theatre Arts. Also, Brittany has directed many shows at the academy, including Into the Woods, Rent, Godspell, The Breakfast Club and West Side Story. Brittany has held auditioning workshops which helped many students improve on their auditioning skills. These workshops helped shy students, who had never auditioned before, get substantial roles in powerful musicals like Les Miserables. These workshops also helped veteran “auditioners” improve drastically with their acting and singing abilities. Brittany truly loves working with students and seeing their passion for the stage grow, as they learn more and more about the magical art of theatre.
Debbie recently moved to Loveland and is excited to join HAA. After studying theater in England, she moved to the USA to further her education. She received instruction in all areas of musical theater through the Music Dance Theater program at Brigham Young University. Debbie specializes in both vocal and acting instruction. She continues to look for opportunities to share her passion with others, whether that be through performing, directing or teaching.
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Toby holds a Master’s Degree in Education and an undergraduate in Anthropology. A Florida native, he spent a large portion of his career creating and performing in educational shows and productions for SeaWorld, Orlando; as well as providing on camera and voice-over work for video series including The Eden Project, and Shamu TV. He was active in High School, College, and professional productions in Orlando, including work with the Central Florida Children’s Theater, and SAK Theater productions within the Walt Disney Parks. Locally, Toby has provided educational programing and curriculum for the Fort Collins Museum, The Discovery Science Center, and the Longmont Museum; along with serving on the Curriculum Committee for the Arts Incubator of the Rockies (AIR) project. He looks forward to sharing his experiences with a new generation of performers.
Marissa is a filmmaker and actress who has been making and editing movies since the age of 12. She is a Navy brat, and she has moved to different places around the world including Japan, where she graduated high school. Throughout school, she was involved in theater and video production, and she won several awards in the student film festivals she entered. In college, she worked with promoting and supporting Campus Movie Fest, and her stop motion film, made up of a cast of only shoes, was nominated for Best Comedy. Marissa is a kid at heart, and she has always had a passion for working with children. She recently became a tutor for students in K-8th grade. Marissa went to Colorado State University, majoring in Communication Studies with a Business minor. She is excited to join the HAA staff and to have the opportunity to share her knowledge and passion for acting and film making with other young aspiring stars.
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|Lily Belanger: |
Lily has been dancing for almost 13 years and has loved every second of it. She has been blessed with opportunities to learn from amazing teachers and now is stoked to be able to share her knowledge with others. Lily loves to dance because it is a great way to meet new friends, have a ton of fun, express yourself, gain self confidence and above all else; to glorify God. Lily's performing experience goes beyond just dance; she is actively involved in the theatre department at Thompson Valley High School and has developed a love for all performing arts. She hopes to build the confidence and skill level in all of her students in a fun and exciting way.
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Ken is a lover and practitioner of all artistic mediums, from singing and songwriting, to poetry and painting. Ken was raised on the road by professional musicians. A life of travel has contributed greatly to his artistic style and influences. Ken started selling his art throughout the country from the early age of nine. Having completed courses in drawing, painting and commercial art from the Great Northwest, all the way to New England, he has studied everything from pen and ink rendering, to classical glaze oil painting. He and his wife Faith are now the owners of the successful art based business TheInspiredEdge.com The modern definition of the Renaissance man, Ken maintains a lifelong interest in world history, classical literature and martial arts from all cultures and periods. Having actively studied swords and swordplay from coast to coast for nearly 20 years, Ken brings a uniquely rounded perspective of the subject that he is excited to share with a new generation of sword enthusiasts.