Lynn is an actress, director, author, international conference speaker, wife and mother of four, as well as owner and co-founder of ACT. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Theatre Arts from the University of Wisconsin—Eau Claire where she earned membership in the National Collegiate Players. Lynn has over 30 years of experience in stage and radio, including voice work for Focus on the Family. She has also been a guest on numerous television and radio broadcasts around the country. Some of her favorite roles include Paulina in The Winter’s Tale, Sarah in Going Home for Christmas, and Kim in Striking Out—a touring children’s theatre production for which Lynn received a Best Actress nomination. Though she has loved each and every show she’s directed, some of her favorites include The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe, Robin Hood, and Seussical Jr.
Katie is an actor, dancer, and director. She’s been with ACT for many years; first as a student and then on staff. Katie started acting at a very young age, and has grown to love every aspect of the theatre. Besides teaching several classes and managing many aspects of the administrative side of ACT, she is directing our main stage production of The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe this fall for ACT II. Before joining the staff of ACT, she directed several main stage productions including Anne of Green Gables, Sense and Sensibility and Emma. Some of her acting credits include; Little Women, It’s a Wonderful Life, Pinocchio, andMidsummer’s Night’s Dream. During her free time she enjoys swing dancing, hiking, and being involved with local theatre and dance companies.
Vanessa Bowie – Acting Instructor
Vanessa is an actress, teacher, wife and mother. She earned her B.A. from CU Boulder and her M.P.A from UCCS. She has created magic in the entertainment departments of Disneyland, Walt Disney World, Universal Studios and Six Flags Elitch Gardens. She loves the theatre and some of her favorite past productions include, The Baseball Show (Heritage Square Music Hall), Nunsense (Breckenridge Backstage), and Mrs. Bob Cratchit’s Wild Christmas Binge (Denver Victorian). She was nominated for a 2007 Denver Post, Ovation Award and Marlowe Award, for Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy, for her role as Sue Lawson in, Not Now Darling! (Miner’s Alley Playhouse), and was part of the cast for the 2010 Ovation Award nomination for Best Comedy, Getting Married (Germinal Stage). She is committed to volunteering, having been a Big Sister with Big Brothers Big Sisters, a Disney VoluntEAR and she served in the Peace Corps, Armenia. She is very excited to join the ACT team!
Megan is an actress, stage manager, designer and teacher. She recently moved to the beautiful Colorado Springs all the way from Virginia, where she taught theatre to all ages for the past five years. After receiving her B.A. in Theatre and Education from Roanoke College, Megan toured the nation with Theatre IV, bringing plays to children everywhere. After settling in Roanoke, VA, she became the Resident Stage Manager and Education Coordinator for Roanoke Children’s Theatre where she taught classes and camps for children in Pre-K through High School. Some of her favorite credits include: School of Rock, Seussical, Shrek, and James and the Giant Peach. Megan loves crafting, hiking and playing with her dog. She is thrilled to join the ACT family!
Madison Falkenstine – Musical Theatre Instructor
Madison is so excited to be teaching with ACT again! She is an actress and vocalist residing in the Denver area. Some of her most recent acting credits include: Annelle in Steel Magnolias, Frenchie in Grease, and the White Rabbit in Alice in Wonderland Jr (ACT II), for which she earned a Best of the Springs award. Madison got her start here at ACT, where she started taking acting classes at a young age. Since then, she has gone on to be a part of ACT II main stage productions and other professional theatres across the Colorado region. Madison is currently furthering her education in Denver, focusing mainly on classical music and opera. Madison continues to perform as much as she possibly can, and hopes she can inspire her students to love the theatre as much as she does!
Elyse Jett-Clark – Dance Instructor
Elyse began dancing at the young age of four and has been dancing ever since. She received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Visual and Performing Arts from the University of Colorado – Colorado Springs in 2011. Elyse has been a dance instructor for 10 years and has directed numerous dance productions including How the Grinch Stole Christmas, The Lion King, and The Christmas Letter! She has won awards at statewide dance competitions, including Best Choreography, Entertainment Awards, and Best Costume. She loves sharing her passion for theatre and dance with her students and is excited to be working with ACT!
Beth Jordahl – Dance Director, Instructor, & Main Stage Choreographer
Beth is a dancer, choreographer, teacher, writer and lover of theatre. She has over 17 years of experience in dance. From the moment she took her very first ballet class, Beth fell in love with the magic that is theatre and has been dancing through life ever since having studied ballet, jazz, tap, contemporary, lyrical and worship. As a part of the Colorado Youth Ballet Company for 4 years, Beth performed in many productions including Cinderella, Nutcracker and Coppelia. She also performed with Ballet Emmanuel, a professional Christian ballet company in Colorado. Her love of dance has led her to choreograph several shows including The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, Fiddler on the Roof, and Its A Wonderful Life. One of her favorite experiences is when she taught and performed in Peru, Germany, England and France.
Emily Kondris Melgr – ACT II Vocal Director
A Lyric Coloratura Soprano, Emily has been involved with music performance throughout her entire life. Emily premiered the role of Laura Dean in Dr. David Volk’s contemporary opera Strange Fruit, performed the role of Yum-Yum in Gilbert & Sullivans The Mikado, and was a finalist in the Colorado/Wyoming Division of the National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS) competition. Emily has participated in Master Classes with Jake Heggie, Composer-in-Residence (Colorado Opera), and with Ms. Sharon Harms, a NYC Soprano who has sung under the baton of James Levine. Emily is passionate about music education and founded Falcon Music Studios, LLC, a music studio she owns in Falcon, Colorado, where she offers instruction in voice, violin, and piano. She has taught music, drama, and orchestra in the public schools, as well as organizing and directing numerous church music productions. Emily has earned both a BA in Linguistics & German, as well as a BA in Vocal Performance, and is currently adjunct music faculty at Pikes Peak Community College.
Marci Nickelsburg – Acting & Musical Theatre Instructor
Starting out in professional and community Children’s Theater herself at a very early age, she found the love of the stage, and has spent the last 34 years dedicated to the performing arts as a singer, actress, director, coach, wife and mother of two. After attending Oklahoma City University in Oklahoma for her Bachelor of Music & Musical Theater, she has worked and performed for many theaters throughout the country including Lyric Theater of Oklahoma, Dallas Children’s Theater, Children on Stage, Garland Summer Musicals and The Middleton Players. Marci has coached for the NFL (National Forensics-Speech and Debate League) at Woodland Park High School for the past 4 years, a theatrical coach for the Black Forest Academy of Music, and continues to work with the youth of Teller County as a Youth Director at Mountain View UMC. Marci is excited to join the ACT Team to be a small part of helping each student embrace creativity, inspire their imaginations, build on their performance skills, and make a positive impact in our community.
Mary Webster-Walsh – Acting & Musical Theatre Instructor
Mary is originally from Fresno, California, where she received her bachelors in Theater Arts, with a minor in Music from Fresno State. She went on to earn her masters degree in Musical Theater from The Boston Conservatory. Mary also trained at Second City Improv in Chicago. Along with her theatre training, Mary received 12 years of formal dance training in ballet, tap, modern, and jazz.
She’s performed and directed in many productions in places like the PCPA Theatrefest in Santa Maria, CA, The Goodman Theater One-Act festival in Chicago, and was a featured soloist with The Boston Pops at Symphony Hall in Boston, MA. She’s participated in various workshops with New York casting directors, and more recently worked as New Faces Director for a talent agency in Salt Lake City, UT where her job was to cultivate new talent in preparation for film and TV work around the area.
Among her teaching and directing credits, she’s taught acting and musical theater in schools such as the Wheelock Family Theater in Boston, Hale Center Theater in Utah, and Bentley College in Waltham, MA.
Mary is an Army wife, a mom of two beautiful daughters, and lives in the Springs. She’s thrilled to be part of the ACT faculty!
Ron Hardman – ACT II Set Designer
The Industrial Arts have always been a part of Ron’s life. In fact, standing next to his father’s workbench as he built a piece of furniture is one of his earliest memories. His father was a teacher for 36 years, with much of his career invested in shop classes like woodworking, metal working, and drafting, and Ron spent most days in the shop after school with him. That love of woodworking, metalworking, and design has continued throughout Ron’s adult life. He has worked in nearly every area of construction, and creates commissioned pieces at the workbench and forge. Ron also runs Kilroy’s Workshop, a private school just east of Colorado Springs that teaches kids these same hands-on skills. He thoroughly enjoys building the main stage theatre sets for ACT II, and is now teaching a small group of interested students to do the same. To check out his set building classes, visit http://www.kilroysworkshop.com. His favorite set to work on is — the next one! In addition to building sets, teaching, and building commissioned pieces, Ron also writes books and magazine articles.