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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 25 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 4 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 has taught at Conrad Ball Middle School the past two years. He was awarded "Teacher of the Year" in 2014 and earned district wide recognition being nominated for "Educator of the Year" in 2015. 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 45 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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 50 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 have 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 and West Side Story. 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. HAABrittany@gmail.com
|Jason Bradberry |
Choir Director/Voice Teacher
Jason has been a private/public elementary through high school teacher for over 15 years. He holds a Vocal Performance degree from Colorado State University and teaching credentials in Music, as well as advanced studies in Liturgy, Choral Conducting, and Vocal Pedagogy. He is known for producing very entertaining student concerts and has directed numerous student performances including Fiddler on the Roof, Seussical, Beauty and the Beast, and Honk. As a performer, he has most recently been seen in such productions as Cats (Old Deuteronomy), The Producers (Hans), and The Music Man (Harold Hill). With many years of conducting adult and children's choirs, Jason has learned that a fast-paced rehearsal including a lot of passion for the music/text and quite a bit of laughter leads to superior results. He believes fully in the enrichment of the human spirit that can uniquely be explored through the performing arts, and he looks forwards to bringing his knowledge, talents, sense of humor, and ability to enjoy the journey to HAA.
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Monica is so excited to join the Harrington Arts Academy family. Monica started dancing when she was 6 and fell in love with it from the first beat. She danced all through high school. When she was in high school, Monica had the opportunity to go to New York and dance at the Martha Grahm studio and Broadway Dance studio. She instantly fell in love with NY and her passion for dance grew. In college she started her own dance team to represent the college and took first place in many of the competitions. Monica had a blast choreagraphing the dances. After college Monica started a family and her dancing carrer was put on hold. She opened her own dance studio in 2001 and had that studio for 5 years, holding annual dance recitals. Monica stepped back from ownership and teaching when she was 5 months pregnant with her 3rd son. Monica is so excited to get back into teaching, and sharing her passion with others.
Monica was trained in all avenues of dance, but most of her extensive training was in ballet. Her passion for teaching isn't only about the technique and the perfection of dance, but helping students with body awarness and creativity. Monica strives to teach classes where students can come in and let their guards down, to express themselves, and have a blast doing it.
Nathan Snyder, a Colorado native, has been steadily making a name for himself in the operatic community here in Northern Colorado. Mr. Snyder recently received his Masters of Music from the University of Northern Colorado. In is period of study at UNC (2013-2015) Snyder performed many operatic roles including, Rugerro, in La Rondine, Alfred in Die Fledermaus, Roberto in Bohemios, Belmonte in Die Entführung aus dem Serail, and Don José in Carmen. Jernigan's Opera Journal reviewed Nathan’s performance of Don José saying, “his wild abandon toward the end was riveting… the climactic B flat in ‘La fleur que tu m’avais jetée’ and actually had a crescendo/decrescendo on the note.” Other roles include Martin in Aaron Copland’s The Tender Land at Bethel College, as well as numerous engagements with the Wichita Symphony Chorus, including Carmina Burana and Beethoven’s Mass in C Major. Snyder was also a semi finalist in the Southard Competition in 2013, and a finalist in 2014.
Nathan Snyder has also performed in many engagements with Opera Fort Collins as a member of the Apprentice Artist program, in productions of The Ballad of Baby Doe, as Sam and Father Chapelle, Amahl and the Night Visitors, as King Kasper, Turandot, as Pang, Follies, as Young Buddy, The Tender Land as Martin, Elixir of Love as Nemorino. In a review his performance of Nemorino, “Nathan Snyder’s rendition of the famous tenor aria ‘Una furtiva lagrima’ was beautiful, sounding like a young peasant man should sound.” Nathan will be performing with Opera Fort Collins in their production of Lucia di Lammermoor on May 29th as Normano, and will cover the role of Edgardo.
Mr. Snyder received his Bachelors Degree in Music from Bethel College. While at Bethel College Mr. Snyder was semi finalist in the West Central NATS competition in 2010, 2011 and 2012, and placed third in 2008. He was also a member of a student run men’s group, Open Road, that performed at the Kansas Music Educators Association in 2011, and participated in master classes with The King Singers and Chanticleer.
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Jennifer has been an active performer, choir director, and voice teacher in Colorado and southern Wyoming for many years. She is currently pursuing her Doctorate in Vocal Performance at the University of Northern Colorado in Greeley. She is the sole recipient of the 2015 Dante Alighieri Society of Denver Music Scholarship. She just finished singing the role of Micaëla in Bizet’s opera Carmen for UNC Opera Theater, and will sing the role of Alice Ford in Verdi’s Falstaff this fall with UNC Opera Theater and the Greeley Philharmonic. She started a section of choir for Laramie County Community College in Laramie, Wyoming, and directed that choir from 2012 to 2014, which included children, college students, and older adults from the community. Jennifer loves working with community members of all ages, and teaching voice lessons and directing choirs are two of her passions. She is so excited to be joining the staff at Harrington and looks forward to having lots of fun making great music with everybody involved!
|Matthew Skinner |
Guitar and Banjo Teacher
Matthew moved to Colorado with his band, Tallgrass, in 2013. He's been playing live shows for fifteen years, becoming an accomplished songwriter and finger picker on the guitar and banjo. He's played before acts like Melissa Etheridge, Sublime with Rome, and even opened for President Obama at a large outdoor campaign rally in 2012. Matthew hopes to foster creativity and skill in his students while having fun with all kinds of music, and loves teaching anything from basic chords to advanced improvisation, making it all easy to understand.
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Michael has taught guitar lessons to students in Wisconsin, Michigan, and more recently Colorado, for the past several years. He has worked in many settings, including k-12 schools and at-home private lessons. He obtained his teaching degree with a concentration on coaching during his time at Northern Michigan University and is currently attending the University of Northern Colorado to receive a graduate certificate in teaching.
His teaching style emphasizes chord progressions and song writing. Michael enjoys collaborating with other musicians and values creative expression above all else. He hopes to instill the same passion for music he has in all of his students. Each lesson is tailored to the student’s individual strengths and weaknesses while focusing on the main goals of having fun and reaching the next level. Michael looks forward to sharing his love and passion for music and songwriting with all his students.
Marissa Dominguez (maiden name- Harrington), LMFT
As the oldest of the three Harrington siblings, Marissa has had no lack of theatre in her life. Performing in nearly 30 productions before the age of 18, Marissa has always had a strong heart for acting. In high-school she took her first psychology class and saw the perfect marriage between the arts and psychology. She has her BA in Psychology from University of California, Santa Cruz and her MA in Counseling Psychology from JFK University. After receiving her masters degree, Marissa spent some years living in Los Angeles training in sit-com, commercials, TV and film, getting an all-around education on the business of Hollywood. Preferring theatre to Hollywood, and following her calling to heal, she began her professional journey as a psychotherapist. Since then Marissa has made a tremendous impact in healing and mental health, leading groups, managing non-profits, and serving communities in mental health for the last 15 years. Her background includes holistic counseling serving children, couples, families and individuals of all ages as a licensed mental health therapist in California and Colorado. Marissa’s strongest passions are in healing/personal growth, theatre, travel, and family, especially loving her role as wife and mother of two.
Bryce has been a reoccurring actor to the HAA stage mostly performing in the HAA comedy improv group, P.C Pure Comedy. He has been involved in acting and comedy improv since 2008 and joined HAA in 2011. He is studying education with Front Range Community College with plans to transfer to CSU. Bryce has been in many productions with HAA including Rent, West Side Story, and a stage rendition of Breakfast Club. He is excited to be more involved in the HAA family and hopes to help kids learn to be confident on stage through improv.
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Zoe has been involved in HAA since August, 2011 when it first opened. She has performed in several productions including Rent, Les Miserables, West Side Story, and Chicago. In addition, she has also co-directed Peter Pantastic and The BFG. As a student at Mountain View High School, she knows the importance of having an outside of school activity such as theatre. She has a passion for performing that she wishes to share with all of her students. She feels as though it is crucial to have a creative outlet and thinks that HAA is the perfect place for that.
Brandon has been acting, singing, dancing, and doing improv for six years. He has done seven shows at Harrington Arts Academy and has been in the HAA Improv Troupe for three years. He is now one of the directors of the Improv Troupe along side Bryce Schwarz and Brandon Harrington. Brandon has done almost every style of theater under the sun, and by far his favorite is improv. He's passionate about improv and tries to let that passion shine through when he teaches. Brandon wants to show his students what improv is all about and how spectacular they can be at it, given the right guidance.
Sarah has been with HAA since the very beginning. She was in the first set of classes offered at HAA and has never left. Sarah has performed in many of the HAA shows, and was a part of the improv troupe for two years. Last summer Sarah taught two mini dance workshops, as well. Theater has been a huge part of her life since she was cast as a a fairy in A Midsummer Night's Dream in sixth grade, a show she was able to reprise recently as Puck at HAA. Sarah's found immense joy in theater and looks forward to introducing students to this same joy.
Lindsey was always interested in musical theatre and acting, but never thought she could do it. Finally she built up the courage and auditioned for a show, Runaways, at Harrington Arts Academy. After just the first rehearsal, she was hooked. Lindsey couldn't believe how amazing being on stage was, feeding off the audience and other cast members' energy. Lindsey absolutely loved it. From then on she has done as many shows as she could. Lindsey found something that she is passionate about and wants to pursue as a career. Her goal while teaching children is to give them the same experience she has had. Lindsey wants to help them achieve their goals and have fun at the same time!
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