What we teach and how we teach it is a critical component of our work at PAA. With everyone at PAA focused on education and helping students to learn something new or grow in a learned skill set, we regularly see students achieve new levels of performance.



Taking your skills to new heights, using the practical application of performance which allows every student the opportunity to succeed with confidence on stage.



Take your learning to a new level. Become a better version of you at PAA.

2016 – Best Summer Camp
2015 – Best children’s Theatre
2013 – Best summer Camp and children’s theatre

2016 – Best theatre Group
2015- Best theatre Group
2014 -Best theatre Group
2013 -Best theatre Group

Summer 2017

Choose from the categories below to sort and see the programs that are right for you.

Summer Camp July 2017

Summer Camp July 2017

Technical Theatre- The Knight at Dawn & Pirates of Penzance

Technical Theatre- The Knight at Dawn & Pirates of Penzance

Technical Theatre- Mary Poppins

Technical Theatre- Mary Poppins

The Knights at dawn Children’s Theatre- Summer 2017

The Knights at dawn Children’s Theatre- Summer 2017

Pirates of Penzance Jr.- Youth Theatre Summer 2017

Pirates of Penzance Jr.- Youth Theatre Summer 2017

101 Dalmatians Kidz theatre summer 2017

101 Dalmatians Kidz theatre summer 2017

Mary Poppins Summer 2017

Mary Poppins Summer 2017

Music Man Children’s Theatre- Summer 2017

Music Man Children’s Theatre- Summer 2017

Singin’ in the Rain Jr.- Summer 2017

Singin’ in the Rain Jr.- Summer 2017

Aristocats Kids- summer 2017

Aristocats Kids- summer 2017

Summer Camp June 2017

Summer Camp June 2017

Technical Theatre- Music Man Kids & Singin’ in the Rain Jr.

Technical Theatre- Music Man Kids & Singin’ in the Rain Jr.

Summer Camp

  • Grades 3 yr old – k (2017-2018 school year)

  • Our Summer Camp is filled to the gills with acting and stage work basic skills that any young performer needs to know and because we do it with the help of our favorite books and songs!

Kidz Theatre

  • Grades k – 2 (2017-2018 school year)

  • A musical theatre program designed for K-2nd graders to introduce them to a full script, costumes, props and the big stage.

Children's Theatre

  • Grades 2 – 6 (2017-2018 school year)

  • A larger stage for kids 2nd-6th grade to continue to expand their performing arts skills and grow their confidence!

Youth Theatre

  • Grades 7 – 12 (2017-2018 school year)

  • A natural growth in to more challenging productions to continue to develop performing arts skills!

Technical Theatre

  • Grades 7 – 12 (2016-2017 school year).

  • Hands-on learning throughout the two week intensive includes script analysis, set design, construction, costumes, make-up, properties, lighting, and sound that culminate in the final performances.

Ensemble Theatre

  • Grades 2 – 12 (2017-2018 school year)

  • Combining 2nd through 12th graders to work collaboratively in a single production with a live pit orchestra.

master class focusing on musical theater performance- acting through your song

Master Class is for Students in 5th grade and up.

Mara Davi

Mara Davi


Biography: On Broadway; Original Revival Cast of A Chorus Line as Maggie Winslow, Dames at Sea as Joan (Astaire Nomination), Irving Berlin’s White Christmas, and The Drowsy Chaperone. Other New York credits include Death Takes A Holiday at the Roundabout Theatre, No, No Nanette and Of Thee I Sing at City Center Encores!  Regionally, Mara appeared in My Paris at Long Wharf Theatre (CT Critics Circle Award), Ever After at Paper Mill Playhouse, Kiss Me Kate at Barrington Stage, Beaches at the Signature Theatre (Helen Hayes Nomination), The Toxic Avenger at the Alley Theatre, Thoroughly Modern Millie at Sacramento Music Circus, Dancing In The Dark  at the Old Globe. Mara toured America and Japan as Peggy Sawyer in 42nd Street.  Her television credits include Mysteries of Laura,The Good Wife, Taxi Brooklyn, Smash, and Blue Bloods. On film, Mara can be seen in Kensho at the Bedfellow and New Year’s Eve as well as Every Little Step, the documentary about the making of the revival of A Chorus Line.  Her debut album Unspoken by Mara and the Bitter Suite available on iTunes.


April 29th



Class: 10:00am – 11:30am
Q & A: 11:30 – 12:00


St. Luke’s United Methodist Church: 8817 S. Broadway, Highlands Ranch, CO 80129



Everyone should prepare a 16 measure section of their best audition song and bring sheet music

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April 7th & 8th

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Our Summer Experiences

Trying to find the PAA experience that is right for you? Please take a moment to select and read about and experience below.


Children's Musical Theatre

A larger stage for kids 2nd-6th grade to continue to expand their performing arts skills and grow their confidence!

Kidz Theatre

A musical theatre program designed for K-2nd graders to introduce them to a full script, costumes, props and the big stage.

Ensemble Theatre

Combining 2nd through 12th graders to work collaboratively in a single production.

Summer Acting Workshop

Our one week workshop will take you through all the fundamentals of acting including body work, breath, mental preparation and improvisation. We will also cast, rehearse and perform one act plays.

Summer Camps

At St. Luke’s PAA learning the skills for the stage start at 3 years of age. Our Summer Camp is filled to the gills with acting and stage work basic skills that any young performer needs to know and because we do it with the help of our favorite books and songs – it is more fun than you can possibly imagine!

The Next Level

TheNextLevel is a program designed to push our older and more seasoned students harder and farther in their pursuit of the Theatre Arts. Using more intense subject matter or more complex shows as our background, we will engage the students in this program to develop greater skills and personal awareness. We discuss the impact Theatre has on the world around us and how we can use our talents and art to engage the world around and and make it better.

Youth Theatre

A natural growth in to more challenging productions to continue to develop performing arts skills!

Technical Theatre

Under the direction of a professional Technical Director, advance your knowledge and understanding of the Theater behind the scenes. Hands-on learning throughout the two week intensive includes script analysis, set design, construction, costumes, make-up, properties, lighting, and sound that culminate in the final performances of Intensive I. Tuition includes scripts, T-shirt, daily snack and party. Please bring a pencil, water bottle and wear work clothes for painting and construction days.

Script Analysis: Translate the text of a show and begin creating the visual representations for the production. Set Design and Construction: Learn the basics of set design and construction. Properties: What are they and why are they needed? Delve into the world of creating everyday things. Costumes and Make Up: What makes a costume? Learn what costume design entails. Get a fresh look at make up techniques and how to remake a face to suit a show. Lighting and Sound: Learn how to add the drama and sound to any production. Create lighting cues and use a sound board to make our productions come to life!

Give the gift of learning through the arts

written by Jenna Wilcox, PAA Artistic Director Arts education is important. Study after study has confirmed what we artists have known for generations: learning in the arts benefits learning in all areas of study. At PAA, we have also seen a deepening of empathy and... read more

Come Support a PAA Alum!

Performing Arts Academy alumni Elise Collins is currently performing in the Regional Premiere of Equivocation as part of the Colorado Shakespeare Festival. The show runs through August 6th, so there are still chances to see it and support a former PAA student! In... read more

Announcing the Club PAA Corn Hole Tournament!

PAA is a community of kids, parents, and supporters working to support our core values: Curriculum, Character, and Community. As a way to foster and grow our sense of community, we have planned a family-friendly event on Saturday, June 11th: Join us for the First... read more

Share your PAA Story!

We want to hear your PAA story! St. Luke’s Performing Arts Academy is turning 10 years old this summer, and we want to hear from you about your experience with PAA! We have surveys for both students, parents, and PAA alumni to fill out to share their story. We... read more

Eli loved Acting Workshop! In fact, the next morning – a Saturday morning – he said, “I wish I had Acting Workshop today.” He loves you all!



Most places I’ve gone, I haven’t made friends but this one I did and I kept those friends.


I am the Education & Community Engagement Coordinator at Central City Opera, and I was in charge of organizing the interactive family activities for our production of Amahl and the Night Visitors. This included an origami art making activity, and handing out light-up star pendants to the children in the audiences after each performance. I had the pleasure of working with the Performing Arts Academy students who were in the opera. I really needed some extra hands to help me, and these hard-working, professional, fun, respectful, and talented kids helped me facilitate these activities without any hesitation. It was so fun to meet them, have them help me, and then watch them perform! I was thoroughly impressed by every single kid. As we say in the opera world, “Bravi, tutti!” And thank you!

Emily Murdock

Education and Community Engagement Coordinator, Central City Opera

Even though he was upset with me that I had signed him up at the beginning.  Your crew pulled him in with  “embrace your weirdness”.  I don’t know what would have worked in a website to make him want to go before he went and experienced it.  I would say that the performance you had on Friday was probably your best marketing.  The impromptu stuff was engaging to everyone including the audience and so fun.  It made a 48 year old woman with never a desire to perform want to get involved.  If he would have been sitting in the audience, that might have picked his interest in going.  He can’t wait till the next opportunity to do this again.  He said sign me up for whatever they have.  I am so grateful to you and everyone involved for getting my uninspired teenager inspired again!



The Performing Arts Academy summer theater camp was the perfect choice for my tween daughter.  She made some great friends, improved her acting and singing skills, and the PAA instructors were fantastic.  I can’t believe they pulled off the amazing production of Fame in just 2 weeks!  I’m not at all surprised that it’s the Denver A List 2013 Runner Up for Best Theatre Group, and the Macaroni Kid 2013 Family Choice Winner (Best Drama/Theater Class and Best Children’s Theater).



PAA is Hannah’s favorite part of summer.Her participation over the past three years has really helped to improve her self confidence and motivate her in school.  She looks forward to doing other productions, in addition to PAA, and she enjoys working with all the participants and directors. She was transformed by the experience and her confidence has blossomed.

Barry Curtis


I must say that I was very impressed with the program.  Emily really loved it, and I can even see a bit more confidence in her.  She had a soccer tournament the weekend after the show, and she definitely played more aggressively than usual!  Thank you to you and all the PAA staff.  You all did a wonderful job.  I feel blessed to be a part of a church that offers these awesome programs.  We are looking forward to next year.


My children are LOVING this program. They come home and sing and dance for HOURS! 🙂 Thank you so very much for doing this with them. They are learning the names of dance moves (which makes my heart sing!) and so much about singing and dancing. They are both coming home full of creative excitement!



My daughter loves connecting with her friends and meeting new friends with the same interests every year.  What has brought us back? The quality of programming… mixing the educational/skills building with the performance and adding in fun aspects of being a kid…candy kudos, games, dancing, etc


Performing Arts Academy is something I look forward to all year long. It is a chance to meet new friends and spend time with your current friends while putting on a fantastic show and learning many skills that will be useful your whole life.


Student (13 years old)

Who We Are

Our Mission

To provide transformative character building experiences in K-12 students through performing arts education.

Our Vision

The Performing Arts Academy (PAA) will be widely recognized as providing the best performing arts experiences in the greater Denver metropolitan area.

Our Core Values

Character – Through Integrity and Leadership

  1. Building confidence and nurturing self-esteem through transformative experiences for our students.
  2. Inspiring an understanding of diversity that includes people of all abilities, socioeconomic status, ethnicity, and faiths.
  3. Cultivating leadership in our students by modeling a spirit of kindness, generosity, collaboration and teamwork.

Curriculum – Through a balanced approach
1. Creating an exceptional performing arts experience by setting a bar of personal excellence for both our students and staff.
2. Providing experienced and professional faculty who foster respect and acceptance while challenging individual growth.
3. Utilizing Colorado state curriculum standards to guide education and performance for each age group.

Community – Through engagement
1. Cultivating a community within a community by embracing diversity through shared experiences in the arts.
2. Giving back to the greater community through fundraising performances for scholarhips and local causes.
3. Partnering with local businesses and other organizations through sponsorships and collaboartions to create a “small village” for the performing arts that serves the surrounding public as well as our students, staff and families.

Our Story and Our Future

The Performing Arts Academy (PAA) is based out of St. Luke’s United Methodist Church, located at 8817 South Broadway, in Highlands Ranch, Colorado. In 2006, James Ramsey and Roberta Hamilton Griggs created a theater arts program that would engage 26 children and their families, inspiring them to reveal brilliance and to grow within their community. In the south metro Denver area, PAA is unique, attracting students of all backgrounds and employing quality, seasoned professionals with degrees in music theater, music performance and music education. The teaching staff consistently designs and implements curriculum that delivers a high quality experience in performing arts for children of all abilities. Our educational model focuses on teaching confidence, cooperation, collaboration, creativity, and community through performing arts experiences.

PAA has grown from 26 students in 2006 to over 700 students in 2016. Continued growth patterns indicate over 1,000 students in multiple programs by 2018. Facility needs for staff and faculty have been accommodated by the continued generosity of St. Luke’s United Methodist Church, but our rapid growth will soon demand additional space. Staffing and program needs will expand proportionately, demanding skillful management to maintain steady and successful growth over time. Long term strategic planning options include but are not limited to:

  1. Building successful programs in music and theatre for children.
  2. Expanding into local schools to enhance music and theatre education.
  3. Developing community partnerships to support and sustain growth.
  4. Creating a safe space where students are inspired, nurtured and challenged to learn, perform and grow.

PAA continues its efforts to become a self-sustaining organization, with partnerships, fund-raising and grant writing supplementing the current model of “fee for services.”

Our Programs

Spring Musical Theatre Show
Rehearse twice a week for 10-weeks for a full ensemble production. PAA classes are required for participation.

Spring Classes
10-14 different classes offered and divided by skill level or by grade level in Dance, Acting or Improvisation, and Voice.

Spring Outreach Program
PAA provides 40-50 scholarships through donations, sponsorships and grants for at-risk youth to attend rehearsals and classes after school for amusical theatre production at East Elementary,a title 1 school with over 80% of students in the free and reduced lunch program.

Summer Musical Theater Intensives:
2-week programs that involve curriculum-driven classes and performance-based rehearsals.

Kidz Theatre for K – 2nd grade
Children’s Theatre for 2nd – 6th grade
Youth Theatre for 7th – 12th grade
Ensemble Theatre for 2nd – 12th grade
Summer Camp for 3 yrs – Kindergarten

Fall Musical Theatre Show
Rehearse twice a week for 10-weeks producing a full ensemble production. PAA classes are required for participation.

Fall Classes
10-14 different classes offered and divided by skill level or by grade level in Dance, Acting or Improvisation, and Voice.

Fall Outreach Program
PAA provides 40-50 scholarships through donations, sponsorships and grants for at-risk youth to attend rehearsals and classes after school for amusical theatre production at East Elementary,a title 1 school with over 80% of students in the free and reduced lunch program.

All programs are held in different locations throughout the year: St. Luke’s United Methodist Church, Mountain Vista High School, Littleton High School and East Elementary School.

A Note From the Executive Director

If its your first time or your hundredth time visiting our website, we welcome you and encourage you to search the many different aspects and opportunities at PAA. Since our first day in the summer of 2006, we’ve continually created, modified, and refined our programs to fit the needs of the surrounding community. Each of these programs fosters individual growth and skill building and is tailored to fit the age group represented. At PAA, we place a high value on the student experience and with that comes the responsibility to engage the student in dialogue around our core values: Curriculum, Character and Community. In order to sustain a consistent method of instruction, our Teaching Artists create curriculums that follow or align with state standards for music and arts education. We also stress the importance of building an individual’s character through transformative experiences that can often lead to greater self esteem, leadership ability, service and acceptance of diversity. In addition, the value of being in community is simply allowing the student to recognize the connectedness we all share and how they function differently because of that awareness. PAA has encountered a 40% or more growth rate since its inception. Sustaining this amount of growth over the years not only takes a talented staff but a dedicated one. As you explore the website, I encourage you to read more about our incredible PAA staff. They truly are amazing! Our vision for this program is to serve the needs of students in this community and create experiences that builds kids. PAA not only advances the cause of Performing Arts in the south Metro Denver area but moreover nurtures individual growth. – Dr. James Ramsey, Executive Director

Our Board


Marty Davidson, Chair

Marty has more than 27 years of business experience in executive leadership, management, engineering, and operations in technology and telecommunications at AT&T, Comcast, SCTE, and now with Windstream. In addition to PAA, Marty serves on the Board of Directors of Adoption Options and the Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Advisory Board at the Colorado School of Mines. He also leads a local Cystic Fibrosis fundraising team. Marty has provided leadership at St. Luke’s United Methodist Church in multiple areas, including the Executive Team, Staff Parish Relations Team, Future Planning Team, and Lay Leadership. Marty holds Executive Certificates from the Wharton School of Business, Dartmouth’s Tuck School of Business, St. John’s University, and Babson College. He also holds a B.S. and M.S. in Electrical Engineering from Clemson University and the University of Massachusetts. Marty sees firsthand how his two children benefit from participating in the performing arts, and values the opportunities they have to build confidence, leadership, and a sense of community. Additionally, he understands that performing arts can bring balance to help very gifted, young technical minds expand and flourish in new ways. Marty and his wife Melinda are ever grateful for the role that PAA plays in shaping youth to be all they truly can be.

Vice Chair, TBA

Ken Fong, Treasurer

Ken’s technology background enhances the quality of each PAA production, and his executive management experience complements the PAA board of directors. He was vice president at Lucent Technologies before retiring in 1999. At Lucent and its predecessor, Bell Laboratories, he managed software development for private branch exchanges, or PBXs, and product managed voice mail and interactive voice response communication systems. Ken holds a B.S. in Engineering from the California Institute of Technology and an M.S. in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University. Ken serves on the Board of Trustees at St. Luke’s United Methodist Church. He now devotes much of his time and talent in the areas of video and audio technologies, web design, and photography for St. Luke’s and for Pura Vida Ministries, which promotes health and education in Guatemala. Ken has a passion for excellence in sound and video production, and his desire to apply his expertise to PAA performances enriches the experiences for our students and audiences.

Suzanne Sharpe, Secretary

Suzanne brings specialized experience working with children and families through her work at a school for the Deaf. Additionally, she is an active volunteer who serves as a team manager for a variety of youth sports activities. At St. Luke’s United Methodist Church, Suzanne has supported many children’s programs through her service on teams and committees, such as the children’s ministry team, family camp, and the annual holiday shop.  Suzanne led the Cherubs Choir at St. Luke’s for several years, making her one of a select few who can say she made a lasting impression on preschool children in what is often their first choral music and performance experience. Suzanne and her three children have participated together in St. Luke’s Wesley Players. Finding their place in performing arts, her children have been involved in PAA since its first offering. Through the program, she has seen her son and two daughters gain a strong foundation in music and theater. More important, Suzanne has enjoyed watching her children grow in confidence, and wants to see other children have the same transformative opportunity.


Ann Smith, Director

Ann Smith brings a diverse perspective to the PAA Board of Directors, with her background in non-profit organizations, youth ministry, and business ownership. Through her work with the American Heart Association and the Center for Housing Resources, she understands the importance of financial stewardship, community relations, and education.  As the Education Coordinator for Advocates for Citizens with Retardation, Ann taught disability awareness programs in elementary schools using bun-ra-ku puppetry. She built upon her passion for youth and families by serving as the Assistant Youth Director at St. Luke’s United Methodist Church. She now owns Sylvan Learning Center in Highlands Ranch, which combines her experience with youth and her business training to develop a company that supports children and families in many ways throughout the community. Ann holds a degree in Marketing from Texas A&M University. As a performer in many of St. Luke’s dramas and comedies, Ann knows that joy, confidence, and fun emerge from creating art through teamwork. Her daughter, McKay has been performing with PAA for 7 years. Ann hopes her work on the PAA board will continue to introduce children and youth to the wonderful world of theater and performing arts.

Richard Spong, Director

Rich brings to PAA strong experience in financial planning and a diverse history of service to the community through non-profit and educational boards. He spent 35 years in the banking industry before retiring in 2010 from U.S. Bank Private Client Reserve (Wealth Management). Rich holds B. A. in Economics from Ottawa University and a J. D. from the University of Missouri at Kansas City. His volunteer service includes 6 years on the Rocky Mountain United Methodist Foundation Board, including 3 years as president. While living in Joplin, Missouri, Rich served on the Freeman Hospital Foundation and the Joplin Family YMCA boards, and the Joplin R-VIII Board of Education. A Rotarian for more than 40 years, he is a member of the Downtown Denver Club 31. He has led planned giving committees at St. Luke’s United Methodist Church, in Highlands Ranch and First Presbyterian Church, in Joplin. Rich is also active as a facilitator at Osher Lifelong Learning Institute sponsored by Denver University. Rich and his wife Pris enjoy their two daughters, sons-in-law, and three grandchildren who live in the Denver Metro area. Although more of an athlete than performer as a youth, Rich discovered a new passion for the arts after seeing the original London production of Fiddler on the Roof in 1967.  When St. Luke’s Wesley Players produced Fiddler in 2005, Rich made his stage debut with a small part in the beloved musical.  Since then, he has performed several other Wesley Players shows, demonstrating that it is never be too late (or too early) to take up a new interest in the arts. He hopes to impart this message through his PAA board service.

Tracy Baumgartner, Director

Tracy Baumgartner serves as the Executive Director of Sustainability for Comcast Corporation, bringing together more than 20 years of experience in cable operations, communications, and corporate social responsibility.  In this role, she leads the strategic deployment of environmentally responsible operational initiatives and programs, as well as efforts that measure and report progress.  Prior to this role, she served as Executive Director of Operations Compliance for Comcast Cable, helping create the foundation of the company’s sustainability efforts. Baumgartner spent nearly five years in Philadelphia as executive director of community investment for Comcast Corporation, where she provided oversight on the daily execution of Comcast’s philanthropic strategies and published the corporations Corporate Social Responsibility Report.  She also held the role of Vice President of Public Relations for the West Division of Comcast Cable in Denver, where for nearly 10 years she was responsible for overseeing media relations, employee communications and community outreach efforts for the West Division’s 11 states. She joined Comcast following the acquisition of AT&T Broadband, where she served as a national spokesperson.  Baumgartner received her Bachelors of Science in Business Administration with a dual emphasis in Marketing and International Business from the University of Colorado at Boulder. She is married to cable technology editor Jeff Baumgartner of Multichannel News, and they have two sons, Jack and Benjamin, who have both flourished during their summers at PAA.  While Jack prefers running the spotlight and Ben prefers being in it, they both thrive in the welcoming environment and supportive exploration through the arts that PAA provides.

Jeff Suntken, Director

Jeff is excited to join the PAA Board of Directors after serving six years on the Board of Directors for the Highlands Ranch Community Association (HRCA) and two years as a delegate volunteer for HRCA. Jeff’s interest in the performing arts dates to his time in music and theatre in high school and college. He has a strong desire to promote opportunities to participate in and experience the performing arts and the sense of community it inspires. Jeff brings a background of more than 28 years working and consulting for business and technology teams in a variety of industries. His experience includes product and project management, client relations, mergers & acquisitions, business process engineering, systems infrastructure and integration, and agile methodologies in both operations and technology departments. Jeff founded a corporation more than 12 years ago, to support himself as an independent consultant, and founded and funds a small not-for-profit 501(c)(3) to provide financial assistance to individuals seeking their first mission experience. Jeff’s an innovative problem solver, big picture thinker, and team leader, and hopes to use these skills to further the work of PAA.

Robert W. (Bob) Roberts, Director

Retired (formerly Director of Propulsion Engineering, United Launch Alliance / ULA)  Bob Roberts recently started the next phase in his working career, retirement, in January 2017. After an exciting 35 years in the Aerospace industry Bob is looking forward to better enjoying life, family, and giving back to his community. Bob started his Aerospace career with Rockwell International on the Space Shuttle program in Downey CA in 1983. From there, the opportunity arose to work on the ‘new’ Delta II rocket program with McDonnell Douglas in Huntington Beach CA. Bob took on leadership roles with increasing responsibility through the development of the Delta III and Delta IV rocket programs, and merger with Boeing. Shortly after the formation of ULA, and move to Colorado, Bob took on the role as Director of Propulsion. As Director of ULA’s Propulsion Engineering team, he was responsible for the leadership and development of approx 200 engineers. Technologies within the Propulsion team included major engine systems (1st/2nd stage rocket engines and solid rocket motors), propulsion system hardware (valves, regulators, feedlines, etc.), propulsion analysis products (computational fluid dynamics, parameter development, etc.), all vehicle ordnance, and propulsion ground support equipment (PGSE). He continues to have a passion for travelling (having visited 6 of our 7 continents to date), woodworking, and experiencing new things. He is looking forward to participating in new community projects.

Dr. Jim Ramsey

Dr. Jim Ramsey

Executive Director


Dr. Jim's Bio

James Ramsey is Executive Director for the St. Luke’s Performing Arts Academy, Director of Music and Arts at St. Luke’s United Methodist Church, Adjunct Faculty at the University of Denver’s Lamont School of Music and Artistic Director for the Wesley Choral Festival. James has worked with various orchestras and ensembles in the area as well as served as Music Director and Conductor for the Littleton Chorale, Music Director for the University of Colorado Summer Opera Program, Chorus Master for the Colorado Music Festival, Associate Conductor of the Carolina Chamber Chorale and Assistant Conductor of the Grammy award-winning San Francisco Symphony Chorus preparing for several maestros including Michael Tilson Thomas, Sir Roger Norrington and Libor Pesek. Ramsey has conducted choral and orchestral performances across Europe and the United States including professional engagements at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Red Rocks Amphitheater, and Kennedy Center (2015). As a baritone soloist, he has performed with CU Opera, Pikes Peak Opera, Opera Colorado, and Rochester (NY) Light Opera Theater. James earned a Doctor of Musical Arts degree at the University of Colorado, Boulder, a Master of Music degree in conducting at the Eastman School of Music, and a Bachelor of Music Education at Middle Tennessee State University. Mentors and teachers include Joan Conlon, Vance George, Donald Neuen, Alfred Mann, and Samuel Adler. As an instructor, Ramsey has taught at the University of Colorado, Whitman College in Washington, and Brighton Central Schools in Rochester, NY. He has served as the American Choral Directors Association’s Repertoire and Standards Chair for Community Choirs for both Colorado and the Southwest Region. James resides in Littleton with his wife, Leigh, and their sons, Jack and Luke.

Jenna Wilcox

Jenna Wilcox

Artistic Director


Jenna's Bio

Since the age of three, Jenna has been performing and since the age of seven she has been directing. Her first show was a summer stock performance written with the help of her sisters and included original choreography, magic and storytelling that was memorable for every neighbor in attendance. As she grew, she followed her passion to the stage and performed in roles such as Glinda in The Wizard of Oz, Mrs. Frank in The Diary of Anne Frank, Maize in The Boyfriend and most recently, Beatrice in Much Ado About Nothing. She has also directed many productions including Aladdin, Narnia, The Bear, The Proposal, The Wizard of Oz, and She Loves Me. She holds a Bachelors of Arts in Musical Theater from Friends University and has over 14 years experience directing and producing theater.

Samantha Leahy

Samantha Leahy



Samantha's Bio

Samantha serves as Director of Early Childhood Ministry at St. Luke’s UMC and supported Assistant Producer roles with PAA for the last 3 years. Samantha’s 16 years of personal and professional experience coupled with her genuine love of children and strong integrity has allowed her to develop her passion for the care and tutelage of children. Samantha joins our team with strong relational skills with the ability to focus on others strengths as a way to stimulate personal and group excellence. She is grateful for the opportunity to join our PAA staff as she knows the impact creative outlets have on transforming the lives of children. Samantha resides in Highlands Ranch and leads many volunteer outreach programs through St. Luke’s. She is also the proud mother to two daughters, Keara and Ryann who attend CU Boulder.

Taletha Pogge

Taletha Pogge

Financial and Operations Manager


Taletha's Bio

Taletha Pogge has been an accountant for over ten years, specializing in accounts payable, accounts receivable, and payroll. She graduated from Walla Walla University with a degree in accounting. She volunteers in her community for a variety of non-profit organizations and has served on the PTO board at her children’s school. Taletha’s hobbies include hiking in Colorado’s great outdoors, sewing, and knitting. She and her husband have lived in Colorado for 7 years with their two wonderful and energetic boys. She enjoys being active and participating in the community.

Natalie La Scala

Natalie La Scala

Marketing and Digital Media Specialist


Natalie's Bio

Natalie La Scala is a Denver based artist and educator. With a background in Film and Digital Media, her work experience is in content production, digital asset management, and project management. Most recently, she has taught at the Art Institute of Colorado, working closely with students and the industry to create market ready graduates, design supporting curriculum, and provide real world professional experiences for students and graduates. Natalie holds a BA from the University of Kentucky, and a MFA from the Savannah College of Art and Design. She is married to artist Damon La Scala, and they have two energetic sons that keep them on their toes. She is proud to be part of the team at St. Luke’s PAA, and is inspired by providing experiences that shape students through art and education.

Laura Benson

Laura Benson

Financial Consultant


Laura's Bio

Laura Benson has always enjoyed being involved in her community and supporting worthwhile causes. She is the former treasurer of the Junior League of Fort Collins where she gained her experience working with non-profits. After ten years in banking and wealth management, she became a Certified Public Accountant currently working in manufacturing. As our most recent staff member, she is pleased to be part of managing the financial aspect our growing programs.

Kim Hay

Kim Hay

HR Consultant


Kim's Bio

As a Professional in Human Resources, recognized leader in business, and the current Director of Client Services for a multinational learning and development company Kim, brings more than 15 years of operational experience, success, and a solid work ethic to her new role at the Performing Arts Academy. While serving as an HR Business Partner, focused on Learning & Development, Kim managed a team in the US Corporate Headquarters while also serving her internal clients globally. She has been certified to facilitate Ken Blanchard’s “Situational Leadership” program as well as having proficiency in instructional design, executive coaching and human dynamics assessments including SDI, The Devine Inventory, and Extended DISC. As the Director of Client Services for Sandler Training Kim manages and leads a team of 10 people as well as coordinating the efforts of hundreds of independent franchise owners and their associates around the world. Kim is a life-long learner and continues to pursue advancements in all areas of her life. She has a deep love of the Arts with a great appreciation for all types of music and dance. Since moving full time to Colorado Kim has taken a serious interest in both golf and skiing and practices both regularly. Although a native New Yorker, Kim now calls Colorado home.

Kate MacLaren

Kate MacLaren

Resident Choreographer


Kate's Bio

Kate holds a BFA in musical theater from Syracuse University. She was a Radio City Rockette for four years and represented the U.S. twice in the World Tap Dance Championships. Professional performance credis include: 42nd Street International Tour, Funny Girl Tour, Cirque’s Christmas Dreams, Singin’ In The Rain, Chicago, and A Chorus Line. An award winning choreographer with choreography previously featured in national tours and regional theater productions, Kate teaches dance master classes throughout North America.

Maja Buck

Maja Buck

Resident Musical Director


Maja's Bio

Maja is thrilled to be the new Resident Music Director for PAA. She has her Masters in Education and Teacher Leadership from Colorado State University, and her Bachelors in Music Educaiton from UNC Greeley. Maja was the Vocal Music and AP Music Theory teacher at Mountain Vista High School for the past seven years. She has directed numerous musicals including Wizard of Oz, Once Upon a Mattress, Little Women, Cinderella, Annie Get Your Gun, and Seussical JR. Her students have performed in several festivals and competitions, receiving the highest accolades. Maja is currently teaching private voice and piano lessions and serves as the Choir Director at St. Catherine Greek Orthodox Church.

Matthew Plamp

Matthew Plamp

Resident Technical Director


Matt's Bio

Matthew received his MFA from the University of Houston in May of 2014. He earned a BFA from the University of Wyoming. He has been an Assistant Scene Designer for the 2014-16 seasons at the Denver Center for the Performing Arts. He has also worked as a carpenter at McCloud Summer Play House, Black Hills Play House, and Texas Shakespeare Festival. He has served as the technical director for the St. Luke’s Performing Arts Academy in Highlands Ranch, Coloado for four years.

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Open Position: Marketing Manager

Job Title: Marketing Manager


Reports to: Executive Director


Education and Experience:

  • Exceptional communication and organizational skills
  • Ability to manage multiple projects in a fast-paced, deadline-driven environment
  • Ability to create advertisements and marketing materials in Indesign and Adobe suite
  • Familiarity with online content marketing and social media development strategies
  • Proven ability to build consensus and work effectively within a cross-departmental team
  • Bachelor’s degree in Communications, English, Journalism, Technical Writing, Business or a related field
  • Passion, Integrity and Energy!


Salary – $15 / hour (10 + hours per week)


Job Summary

The Marketing Manager is responsible for defining and executing a Strategic Marketing plan that encompasses the vision of the Performing Arts Academy.  We’re a successful growing non-profit and looking for a self-starting Marketing Manager.  The ideal candidate for this position has a positive attitude, flexible schedule, a tireless work ethic and an insatiable appetite for growth.


Primary Duties and Responsibilities

  • Developing and implementing a strategic marketing plan
  • Posting all social media updates and promotions via Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Vine, Youtube, etc.
  • Promoting all PAA programs via email through an established schedule
  • Searching new ways to promote PAA in positive social media avenues
  • Creating Posters, Flyers and Programs for each program or show
  • Creating advertisements and content for PR marketing
  • Create Student and Parent Surveys administered throughout the year for Data Analysis regarding programs and impact.


Additional Duties and Responsibilities

  • Work with Website Manager to maintain a consistent look and feel throughout all web properties
  • Working with a cross-departmental team, maintain and develop the master content calendar for all web properties
  • Regularly proofread all web content for branding and messaging consistency
  • Track and report on all site metrics for social media
  • Work cooperatively with key team members
  • Organize and coordinate promotional events
  • Identify weaknesses in existing marketing campaigns and develop pragmatic solutions within budgetary constraints
  • Communicate with Executive Director about marketing initiatives and project metrics, as well as to brainstorm fresh strategies
  • Photography and Videography a plus
Our Teaching Artists

Our teaching artists are local top educators and theater professionals who regularly work in the local community. We are always looking to add hard working, top notch people. Do you have a love for kids and a passion for the arts? Consider joining our team today.

Come join the team at PAA!


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Club PAA is a group of people who want to volunteer and give back.

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Club PAA

Our Sponsors

Fort Family Foundation Sheila Fortune Foundation Littleton Public Schools Foundation

Payment Policy

Payment in full is due at time of registration. However, PAA does offer three different payment options to help family budgets. See details below. Please note that Early Bird pricing is offered until one month prior to the start date of all PAA programs. At one month prior to the start date, Early Bird pricing ends and the price increases by 10% in order to cover additional fees and costs for late registration.   Payment Plans: Upon completing registration, you are directed to Event Registration Payment Overview. Select Payment Plans. The PAA Staff Accountant will contact you within 1-2 business days to confirm payment details. An email receipt notification is sent after each transaction for your records. A processing fee of $10 is applied to the total amount due.

Option 1: Pay in full


Option 2: Three-Payment Plan

The first payment equals 34% of the total tuition amount and is processed in order to complete registration. The remaining balance is charged to your credit card in two equal payments on the same day as the first payment the following 2 months.

Option 3: Four-Payment Plan

The first payment equals 25% of the total tuition amount and is processed in order to complete registration. The remaining balance is charged to your credit card in three equal payments on the same day as the first payment the following 3 months.

Option 4: Six-Payment Plan

The first payment equals 17% of the total tuition amount and is processed in order to complete registration. The remaining balance is charged to your credit card in five equal payments on the same day as the first payment the following 5 months.

Please contact the PAA Producer if you have any questions about the payment options. Please note that if automatic payments extend past a registered program, the PAA Refund Policy cannot be requested.

Financial Aid and Work Study Application

PAA Financial Aid Application Guidelines

  • Complete the online form below as completely as possible and click submit.
  • All information is confidential.
  • Applications can only be submitted online.
  • Financial aid is limited for each program.
  • The Financial Aid Committee meets once each month and determines all requests.
  • Each applicant will be notified of the qualifying financial aid award, usually within 2­4 weeks following the date submitted.

Work Study Application Guidelines

  • Complete the online form as completely as possible and click submit.
  • All information is confidential.
  • Applications can only be submitted online with current references.
  • Deadline for submission is 30 days before the registered program.
  • The PAA staff and Artistic teams determine all awards.
  • Each applicant will be notified of the qualifying financial aid award, usually within 2­4 weeks following the date submitted.

Work Study Selection Procedure and Guidelines

  • The PAA Work Study Committee, comprised of members of PAA staff and the involved Artistic team, meet to review all applications before the start of the registered program.
  • Various factors are taken into account to determine the amount of the work­study award, such as income and student motivation, based on the applicant’s written statement and/or personal interviews.
  • Work Study Awards are available up to 50 percent of total tuition.
  • Upon agreement, the applicant enters into a contract with PAA as to specific duties/tasks for the work­study program.

PAA Cancellation and Refund Policy

  • PAA will offer a full refund of tuition less a $50 cancellation processing fee, per session, per child, for cancellations that occur up to 6 weeks before the start of the class, camp or program.
  • PAA will offer a 50 percent refund of tuition less a $50 cancellation processing fee, per session, per child, for cancellations that occur between 2 and 6 weeks before the start of any class, camp or program.
  • PAA will NOT offer any refunds for cancellations occurring within 14 days of the beginning of a class, camp or program. Consideration for family emergency will be made by the PAA Executive Director on a case­ by­ case basis.
  • PAA will not offer any refunds for expulsion or voluntary withdrawal during sessions. Consideration for withdrawals due to illness will be made by the PAA Executive Director on a case­ by­ case basis.
  • All requests will be processed within 7­-10 business days.
  • All requests for refund must be by form, submitted online or otherwise in writing.
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St. Luke’s Performing Arts Academy 8817 S. Broadway Highlands Ranch, CO 80129 303.900.7041

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