Meet Our Teaching Team

Summer Camp Teaching Team

Jalyn Courtenay Webb

A favorite performer and vocal coach throughout Colorado for the past 20 years, Ms. Webb has worked with Midtown Arts Center ( LES MISERABLES- nominated for True West Best supporting actress, voted audience favorite, Henry nominated for best musical and best musical direction ) SOUTH PACIFIC- Henry nominated for best supporting actress, Bloody Mary, Broadway World Nominee for Best Supporting Actress ) Mrs. Lovett ( Sweeney Todd ), Justice ( Rock of Ages ) .. Starkey Theatrix ( LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS, ALWAYS PATSY CLINE), The Union Colony Dinner Theater, Greeley Stampede Troupe, Little Theatre of the Rockies and the Greeley Philharmonic.

Ms. Webb has a BA in Music Theatre from the University of Northern Colorado. Ms . Webb also was the National Anthem Singer for the Colorado Avalanche from 1996-98. Ms. Webb has taught throughout Colorado, and teaches all ages. She began teaching as an assistant to the director of the Colorado Academy of the Arts, and continued to teach there for over 10 years. Read More

Michael Lasris

Michael has been with the Academy since it’s inception over 6 years ago. Currently serving as Midtown Arts Center’s Resident Choreographer, he is thrilled to be expanding the Academy’s tap program!

Michael has appeared in over 25 productions at Midtown Arts Center and Carousel Dinner Theatre, most recently as Bellomy in The Fantasticks. Favorite roles include Enda (Hairspray), Lord Farquaad (Shrek), and Andy Lee (42nd Street). Prior to his time in Fort Collins, Michael has worked at Papermill Theatre, Charleston Stage, and Peach State Summer Theatre among others. He is a graduate from Catawba College with a BFA in Musical Theatre and a minor in Dance.

Katie Burke

Katie is so thrilled to be involved with Grease this summer! She is excited to have the opportunity to be back in the theater world and working with talented kids. Katie has spent most of her life working in the theater and she feels very passionate about the experiences that come from it. Katie has worked with theater companies such at Missoula Children’s Theater, Up In Lights, and Candlelight Dinner Playhouse. Katie also received her degree in Theater Education from the University of Northern Colorado. During the past year, Katie spent her time in South Korea teaching English. Katie is ready to work hard to make this summer an unforgettable experience for every kid involved.

Emily Erkman

Emily has been performing professionally for over 15 years. She got her start doing regional musical theatre in New York before relocating to Colorado. After spending a number of years working in theaters, Emily began singing for corporate bands who perform across the country. You might say she has a passion for growth and versatility in performance.

Emily has run her own vocal studio for more than 8 years. She has taught group and private classes throughout Colorado. She has training in classical and musical theatre styles, and greatly enjoys singing and teaching popular music. Believing that learning should never stop, she currently studies with New York Vocal Coach Justin Stoney. Miss Emily not only aids students in understanding their voices, she also helps them build the confidence they need to succeed.

Abbie Hanawalt

Abbie Hanawalt, a Colorado native, has been performing since the age of 6. Last May she graduated with her degree in English with a concentration in Education from Colorado State University. While she has done a great deal of teaching in public schools, she has over 5 years of experience with teaching theatre to kids from ages 5-18. Last year she spent 7 months touring with Missoula Children’s Theatre bringing theatre to kids in Arizona, Nevada, Michigan, Montana, and Canada. She has also assistant directed, music directed, and choreographed summer camps with Up In Lights Productions. You can catch her in Grease at Midtown Arts Center this summer as “Frenchie.”

Emily Morris

No stranger to the stage, Emily Morris has been performing her whole life. After four years performing with the Cabaret Dinner Theater in Grand Junction, CO, Ms. Morris moved to Fort Collins in 2010 to study singing and received a Bachelors and Masters in Vocal Performance from Colorado State University. As a member of CSU’s Opera Theatre she has been seen in many roles, including Mrs. Lovett in Sweeney Todd and Susanna in Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro. She has performed with many Northern Colorado companies including Loveland Opera Theatre and Opera Fort Collins. When not performing, Ms. Morris loves teaching voice and exploring the beautiful Colorado mountains.

Kyle Smith

Kyle received his BFA in musical theater from Ohio Northern University and completed a 1 year acting internship at Pacific Conservatory of the Performing Arts in California. As a teacher, Kyle has taught several workshops and was a musical theater instructor at Broadway Performing Arts Academy in New Jersey. As an actor, he has performed for the Oregon Cabaret Theater, Pacific Conservatory Theater, Vermont Shakespeare Company and most recently at Midtown Arts Center were he played Younger Brother in Ragtime. Currently he is playing Danny Zuko in Grease at Midtown.

After School / School Year Teaching Team

Joe Callahan

Joe has been performing in musical theater for ten years and teaching for seven. He has directed and choreographed for several productions and has done fight choreography as well. Inspiring the next generation of performers is vital and Joe is dedicated to that purpose.

Lisa Carter

A Houston, TX native with a B.F.A in Music Theatre from Elon University, Lisa recently relocated to Fort Collins after spending five years living in New York City. Having begun her performance career at the age of fourteen, Lisa has been seen on stages across the United States as well as internationally. Favorite performance credits include Peggy Sawyer (42nd Street), Judy Haynes (White Christmas), Amber VonTussle (Hairspray), and Cosette (Les Miserables). Next spring she will be appearing in Kiss Me, Kate as Lois Lane at the Candlelight Dinner Playhouse.

John Jankow

John teaches improv to kids at the Arvada Center, and is in his fifth year teaching improvisation at UNC. He has also taught theater classes at Aims Community College. He has been acting professionally for the last 22 years.

Dylan Shelofsky

As the program director of elementary school musical theater at the Pineda Conservatory of the Performing Arts, Dylan Shelofsky worked with hundreds of kids in a variety of shows including Disney’s 101 Dalmatians KIDS, Seussical​ ​the Musical, Dear Edwina, Into the Woods JR., Disney’s The Jungle Book KIDS and Disney’s Alice in Wonderland.

She also had pleasure of teaching kids ages 4-14 in weekly musical theater classes. She loves sharing her love and passion for musical theater with the next generation of performers!

Kristi Vogel

Kristi comes to the Midtown Arts Academy with a vast array of knowledge in performing arts. She has been dancing and performing for over 30 years, teaching and choreographing for more than half of those years. Although the stage is where she feels at home, she has found teaching to be her true passion. She attended the University of Northern Colorado and received her degree in Social Science with an Emphasis in Elementary Education. Teaching in a traditional classroom setting has sharpened her skills as a dance teacher. She finds so much joy in watching students learn and grow as performers while in class. When she is not teaching, she enjoys spending time with her husband and their 5 children.

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