Theater Faculty

Stuart Handloff: Instructor, 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.  This year, Stuart is excited to expand PIKNIK Theater through more community collaboration.

Stuart Handloff: Instructor, 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.

This year, Stuart is excited to expand PIKNIK Theater through more community collaboration.

Kristin Cronin: Improv, Stand Up and Theater   Kristin Cronin is an On-Air Personality with Always Mountain Time Radio, The Lift FM 97.3 & 95.9.  Kristin received her Acting training in Boston and performed 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.  Kristin's true love is Improv and she is proud to be a co-founder of the Tongue and Chief Improv Troup.

Kristin Cronin: Improv, Stand Up and Theater

Kristin Cronin is an On-Air Personality with Always Mountain Time Radio, The Lift FM 97.3 & 95.9.

Kristin received her Acting training in Boston and performed 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.

Kristin's true love is Improv and she is proud to be a co-founder of the Tongue and Chief Improv Troup.

Holly MacKinnon, Novice Musical Theater and Soloist Instructor   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. 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 MacKinnon, Novice Musical Theater and Soloist Instructor

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. 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.

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 began touring with Feld Entertainment at age 17.  Celina is passionate about the arts and the children she serves. She is a writer, director and producer for a variety of shows in and around Steamboat.

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 began touring with Feld Entertainment at age 17.

Celina is passionate about the arts and the children she serves. She is a writer, director and producer for a variety of shows in and around Steamboat.

 

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


Carolyn Klingener

Carolyn Klingener

 
Ben Spiegel

Ben Spiegel

 
Leon Madrid

Leon Madrid

 
Mandy Quinones

Mandy Quinones

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!

 

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.

 

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.

 

Welcome Leon to the SAA team! A native of Mexico, Leon brings a wealth of historical and cultural knowledge to the art form that stole his heart.

I started dancing when I was 15; I thought it was going to be a temporal hobby, but found out that dancing was more than moving your body and following choreography. The many genres of music seduced me, the costumes convinced me, and the stage was the perfect set up to trap me in this jail called dancing where I feel free to create, express myself and be who I really am . I haven’t stopped dancing since then, getting involved in different projects, contests, musicals,and festivals along the way. -Leon

 
 

Mandy is a Routt County Native who has always had a strong interest in the dance community. She has participated in a multitude of dance classes offered in Steamboat- including jazz, jazz funk, contemporary, modern, aerial, hip hop, Tahitian, and African. Mandy now teaches adult beginner hip hop in an effort to encourage new dancers to join the ever growing dance community in Steamboat. She has been actively involved in Steamboat Dance Theatre for five years. In that time she's choreographed three years and produced two years as well as sat on the board for one year.

She also performed in Meg Southcott's inaugural performance with her modern dance company Forty106, and at the Chief Theater for their variety show, as well as a few other pop up performances in Steamboat.

Mandy is excited to bring hip hop to the Steamboat Arts Academy and work more closely with the local youth dancers.


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.

New York Faculty

 
 

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We are thrilled to be partnering with some of the most talented dancers and choreographers working in New York City. Our NYC Faculty is available for private lessons, weekend workshops and weekly intensives. 

Check out their bio's and get ready to take your performance skills to the next level!

Caitlin Abraham

 
Caitlin Abraham   www.caitlinabraham.com

Caitlin Abraham

www.caitlinabraham.com

Caitlin Abraham was an original cast member of An American in Paris with Dir/Chor Christopher Wheeldon both in Paris and on Broadway. She performed the principal role of Madame Baurel a number of times as well as the featured vocal track, Olga. She is also an original cast member of the 2010 revival of La Cage aux Folles with Tony Award-winning Dir. Terry Johnson. Caitlin played Liz on the National Tour of Chicago the Musical. Other favorite credits include “Cassie” in A Chorus Line (original choreography), a featured dance track in On The Town at Paper Mill Playhouse, as well as working with incredible choreographers such as Josh Bergasse (NBC’S SMASH), Josh Rhodes (Cinderella on Broadway), Peggy Hickey (Anastasia on Broadway), Dontee Kiehn (International Supervisor An American in Paris), and Anne Reinking (Chicago on Broadway). Caitlin works on a continual basis with the Verdon Fosse Legacy to reconstruct Bob Fosse’s original choreography. Under the direction of his daughter, Nicole, this select group of dancers learns Mr. Fosse’s original choreography from original cast members and films the pieces for the archival purposes of the Estate.

TV/Film/Industrial/Commercial Credits include: L’Oreal, Let’s Make a Deal, the 2010 and 2015 Tony Awards, Bob Evans, Cinderella for UNC-TV, Monet Impressions for UNC-TV, Carolina Jamboree for UNC-TV, as well as Transmission: a Jazz Documentary. She was featured in the dance films Wind and Tree and Salt Water (starring Desmond Richardson). Caitlin recently filmed a new Dance on Film documentary with the Verdon Fosse Legacy which is scheduled to air on the BBC this November 2018.

Before her musical theater career, Caitlin spent eight seasons at Carolina Ballet under Dir. Robert Weiss (New York City Ballet). She achieved the rank of Soloist and performed principal roles in masterworks by George Balanchine, Jerome Robbins and Jose Limon. Caitlin also originated roles by Lynne Taylor-Corbett (...Gottschalk, ABT) and Robert Weiss. Favorite roles include: Choleric (The Four Temperaments), Caliope (Apollo), Girl with a Purse (Fancy Free), Iago’s Wife (Moor’s Pavane) and Red Rockin’ Chair (Carolina Jamboree). Caitlin has also enjoyed performing to benefit fantastic organizations including Dancers Responding to AIDS, Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS and Amnesty International.

Caitlin has been teaching for over 20 years; she teaches ballet, pointe, theater dance, Fosse-style jazz, audition technique and vocal coaching. Teaching credits include: the trainee programs at both Joffrey Ballet School and the Joffrey Jazz and Contemporary Program, Alvin Ailey, New York City Dance Alliance, the Joffrey Musical Theater Intensive, Educational Performance Tours, Dance Educators of America, On Stage New York, Showstopper, Broadway Workshop and Dance Masters of America.

Caitlin teaches master classes and sets choreography at studios, performing arts school and universities across the US. Her adaptation of “BlackBird” from Bob Fosse’s Liza with a Z was seen at Symphony Space in New York City; she expanded the original 10-dancer cast to involve 25 pre-professionals from the Joffrey Ballet School. Caitlin has also adapted Christopher Wheeldon’s Tony-Award winning choreography to set a condensed version of the “An American in Paris Ballet” on Detroit Country Day School. Her work has been seen at NYCDA National Finals and at YAGP. Caitlin has received ‘Best Choreography” awards for her “Buenos Aires,” inspired by Rob Ashford’s 2012 Broadway revival of Evita, and for “Barso Re,” an Indian- themed contemporary pointe piece.


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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.

Learn more about her work, HERE


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