Theater Faculty

Stuart Handloff  Instructor, Novice & Academy Classes

Stuart Handloff

Instructor, Novice & Academy Classes

Stuart earned his MA in theater directing from Victoria University Wellington. He has been teaching, performing and directing in the Yampa Valley for more than 20 years. Executive Director of the Great American Laughing Stock Company and PIKNIK Theater, Stuart enjoys every facet of performance art.

Kristin Cronin   Kristin Cronin is an On-Air Personality with Always Mountain Time Radio, The Lift FM 97.3 & 95.9. You can tune into her show every Monday through Friday from noon until 6 p.m.  Kristin received her Acting training in Boston at the Improv Asylum. She completed levels 1 through 6 after which she auditioned and began performing with Boston's Laughing Stock Theater Company.  Upon moving to Steamboat Springs in 2005 Kristin has continuously been active with Steamboat performing Arts including SB Cabernet. She has performed in numerous productions as a Chief player at the Chief theater, as well as producing. directing and co-starring in "Love, Loss, & What I wore" written by Nora Ephron in 2015.  In recent years, Kristin has been doing stand up comedy and has spearheaded a series of stand-up comedy workshops designed to encourage individuals interested in stand up to learn how to write it and perform in front of a live audience.  Most recently Kristin wrote and directed a children skit based on the story of Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer and the play is currently being performed at the Chief Theater by children between the ages of 7 and 10.  Kristin's true love is Improv and she is proud to be a co-founder of the Tongue and Chief Improv Troup, who are entering into their Fourth season of performances this winter at the Chief Theater. Most recently, kristin returned from the Denver Improv Festival and is looking forward to implementing her newly learned skill of bebop Improv at this winter's shows

Kristin Cronin

Kristin Cronin is an On-Air Personality with Always Mountain Time Radio, The Lift FM 97.3 & 95.9. You can tune into her show every Monday through Friday from noon until 6 p.m.

Kristin received her Acting training in Boston at the Improv Asylum. She completed levels 1 through 6 after which she auditioned and began performing with Boston's Laughing Stock Theater Company.

Upon moving to Steamboat Springs in 2005 Kristin has continuously been active with Steamboat performing Arts including SB Cabernet. She has performed in numerous productions as a Chief player at the Chief theater, as well as producing. directing and co-starring in "Love, Loss, & What I wore" written by Nora Ephron in 2015.

In recent years, Kristin has been doing stand up comedy and has spearheaded a series of stand-up comedy workshops designed to encourage individuals interested in stand up to learn how to write it and perform in front of a live audience.

Most recently Kristin wrote and directed a children skit based on the story of Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer and the play is currently being performed at the Chief Theater by children between the ages of 7 and 10.

Kristin's true love is Improv and she is proud to be a co-founder of the Tongue and Chief Improv Troup, who are entering into their Fourth season of performances this winter at the Chief Theater. Most recently, kristin returned from the Denver Improv Festival and is looking forward to implementing her newly learned skill of bebop Improv at this winter's shows

Celina G. Taylor SAA Founder and Artistic Director

Celina has spent her life on the ice and the stage. She currently serves as the Director of Figure Skating for the Steamboat Skating Club, a program she helped re launch in the fall of 2017. As the founding director of the Steamboat Arts Academy, Celina enjoys teaching Intro to Theater, a class that allows her to share her love of writing, acting and design with young children.

Celina was named “Artistic Leader of the Year” by Steamboat Creates in 2018 for her work with children in the realm of performing arts. Celina has studied method and improv comedy in Detroit where she grew up figure skating. A Nationally ranked figure skater at the age of 14, Celina was the youngest skater ever to be offered a contract by Feld Entertainment at the tender age of 17. Celina is passionate about the arts and the children she serves.

Scott Parker  Instructor, Improv & Circus Arts

Scott Parker

Instructor, Improv & Circus Arts

Scott is the Executive Director of the Historic Chief Theater and founding member of the award winning We’re Not Clowns Juggling and Comedy Troupe. Having written, directed, produced and acted in countless productions he can offer students insight into all aspects of live theatre.

Holly MacKinnon   Holly MacKinnon comes from a family of singers and has been singing her entire life. She began performing at the age of 6 and has been a part of choirs and ensembles ever since.  Holly received vocal and theatrical training throughout her life which led to lead roles in several musicals and plays. Whether singing around a campfire or singing in front of an audience Holly loves to share her love of music, and musical theatre in particular, with others; especially children.  Ringing in 2018, Holly was one of a select group to perform for the Pope in Rome. During her time in Italy, Holly also performed during mass in various churches in Assisi and Rome.  Holly shares her love of music at the Arts Academy and offers private vocal training through the Steamboat Academy of Music.

Holly MacKinnon

Holly MacKinnon comes from a family of singers and has been singing her entire life. She began performing at the age of 6 and has been a part of choirs and ensembles ever since.

Holly received vocal and theatrical training throughout her life which led to lead roles in several musicals and plays. Whether singing around a campfire or singing in front of an audience Holly loves to share her love of music, and musical theatre in particular, with others; especially children.

Ringing in 2018, Holly was one of a select group to perform for the Pope in Rome. During her time in Italy, Holly also performed during mass in various churches in Assisi and Rome.

Holly shares her love of music at the Arts Academy and offers private vocal training through the Steamboat Academy of Music.

 

Dance Faculty

 
Jeremiah Jackson

Jeremiah Jackson

With a love of dance that started at age 4, Jeremiah has been dancing and skating for over 40 years. A member of both the Omaha Ballet's touring company and Rand Productions, Jeremiah has spent decades touring both in the United States and throughout Asia.  In addition to his role of Ballet Master at The Steamboat Arts Academy, Jeremiah is also the Technical Director of the Steamboat Skating Club. 

Jeremiah works closely with our NYC head of faculty, Caitlin Abraham and Jordan Logelin in order to develop best practices that reduce injury and equip local dancers with the tools necessary to succeed in the dance world outside of the Yampa Valley.


 
Jordan Logelin

Jordan Logelin

Jordan Logelin is a native of North Carolina where she started her classical ballet training at the age of 4. Studying under Mary LeGree at the Raleigh School of Ballet Jordan was a part of the professional division and the Raleigh Dance Theatre. Jordan graduated from Appalachian State University where graduated with a degree in Communication Disorders. She continued with her love of dance in college and studied and performed in several performances with the university as well as being a member of an adult contemporary ballet company, SG Theatre. 

Soon after graduating she moved to Steamboat in October of 2017 to serve with Americorps. After working in the community she found a passion to help in Steamboat. She is excited to be able to work with the youth in her community, especially sharing her personal passion of ballet! 


Nicole LeDuc

Nicole LeDuc

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Carolyn Klingener

Ben Spiegel

Ben Spiegel

Nicole LeDuc has been performing Dance starting at the age of 4 in San Juan, Peurto Rico. Her Dance career started with Classical Ballet until the age of 18. Nicole has  performed around the Country and studied Modern Dance in College. Soon after she joined Dakini Dance Movement Company in Flagstaff, Arizona. Moving to Steamboat Springs in 1998 led her to immerse herself in West African Dance and Tribal Belly Dance. Nicole is still performs nationwide with her Belly Dance Troupe Jasmir. Nicole also enjoys teaching Yoga, choreographing for AMAZING YBC events, and developing a solo career in Improv. Teaching has become Nicole’s heart in these years living in Steamboat and she absolutely adores bringing Dance of all kinds to our Youth!


 

Small town girl who grew up in the Rocky Mountains and pursued her dreams in the city as a young adult.  While growing up on the slopes of Steamboat Springs Colorado I attended Ballet Northwest from the young age of 4 and was a student at Perry Mansfield Performing Arts Camp for many years.  After many years of studying and performing with Ballet Northwest and Perry Mansfield I took on a Choreographer’s role in Steamboat Springs Dance Theater.  I have been a big part of the Dance community in Steamboat Springs for years and am excited to be back from Denver and once again teaching in my hometown.

I love what I do and the artist it allows me to be.  But the thing I love most about my job is watching my students grow in technique and creativity. I love to continue to grow with the industry while constantly continuing my education in this field.  My main goal is to enhance your life through the art of dance.

 

Steamboat’s Master of Tap, Ben Spiegel shares his talent with young dancers who want to master the art of tap dancing.

Originally from Sioux City, Iowa, Ben spent his youth doing ballet, tap and jazz dance, spending a few summers tap dancing in shows at Bally’s casino in Las Vegas. He also holds a bachelor’s degree in music education at Morningside College.

A long time Steamboat resident, Ben is excited to once again share his love of tap with the dancers at the Academy.

Musical Faculty

Hayley Berg

Hayley Berg

Hayley began singing at age 6 and has been a part of both school and audition choirs nearly all her life.

Hayley performs locally as a solo artist and with partner, Mike Martinez. Hayley is a member of the Steamboat Chamber Singers and performs with her indie/bluegrass trio called "Sage and Friends" and a female barbershop quartet called "The Sweet Columbines."

She is very excited to share her love for music and cultivate musical ability in the young people she teaches. 

Chelsea Bonagura

Chelsea Bonagura

Chelsea began singing at the age of 15, and holds a BM from the Eastman School of Music and an MM from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.

Chelsea has performed with the New York City Opera, Palm Beach Opera, Opera Roanoke and Greensboro Opera. She recently launched Chelsea Lauren studios based in New York’s Upper West Side where she works with young hopefuls.

Chelsea has over 10 years experience working with young singers, and is excited to share her love of music with children in Steamboat. 

Mike Martinez

Mike Martinez

Mike is a full-time musician based in Steamboat Springs. He has been playing piano for over 20 years and has a passion for the connectivity and diversity that music brings. He graduated from Oberlin College concentrating in music theory.

Mike spent his summers serving as a director of the theater program at the Music Conservatory of Westchester.

He has enjoyed lived in Steamboat since September 2016, when his car broke down on Rabbit Ears Pass while taking a cross country road trip. He feels lucky to be a part of the arts community and to share what he has learned and his experiences with the students.