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 35 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, The Legend of Robin Hood, and Little Women.
Megan Corsnitz – ACT II Stage Manager, Studio Director, Director of Education
Megan is an actress, stage manager, designer and teacher. She recently relocated to the beautiful Colorado Springs area all the way from Virginia, where she taught theatre to all ages for many 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 be a part of the ACT family!
Sarah Atkinson – Musical Theatre Instructor
Sarah is an award-winning actress, vocalist, and dancer. Sarah discovered her love of theatre while in Germany, after being cast as the lead role in Oliver! and has been performing ever since. Some of Sarah’s favorite credits include Templeton in Charlotte’s Web, Amy March in Little Women,and Gertrude in Seussical Jr. This year, Sarah won a Best of the Springs silver medal for Best Actress for her role of Maid Marion in The Legend of Robin Hood. She was also honored as the first-place finisher in the Pikes Peak Opera League’s Young Voice Competition and was a recipient of a Wow Award at the Opera Theatre of the Rockies’ Vocal Arts Festival this past summer. She is currently pursuing her Musical Theatre and Theatre Education degrees in the Colorado Springs area. In her free time, she loves to read, spend time with friends and family, and enjoy the outdoors. Sarah hopes to establish a love for the arts into the hearts of students, as ACT has done for her.
Sarah Embree – Musical Theatre Instructor
Sarah is a director, actress and designer of the stage. She is a graduate of Winthrop University, where she received a degree in Technical Theatre and Design. Sarah was cast in her first lead role in sixth grade and never looked back. Some of her most memorable roles include Mary Bailey in It’s A Wonderful Life, Shelby in Steel Magnolias, and Maria in Sound of Music. She also has experience in film, commercials and radio voice-over work. She received both a Kennedy Center of the Arts award and a Caroline Award for her lead actress role as Ruth in Blithe Spirit.Some of her favorite directorial memories include Into the Woods, Hello Dolly and You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown.
Madison Falkenstine – Musical Theatre Instructor
Madison is beyond excited to return to ACT! She is currently a senior at Metropolitan State University of Denver and is working towards a Bachelor’s of Music in Vocal Performance. She is heavily involved in MSU Denver’s Opera Theatre program, having performed roles such as Manon in Manon, and Rosina in the Barber of Seville. Due to her involvement in the opera program, she has been awarded the Denver Lyric Opera Guild Scholarship and the Beverly Fernauld Endowed Scholarship in Voice. Madison performs at the professional level in theaters across the Denver region, some of her favorite roles include: The White Rabbit in Alice in Wonderland (with ACT II, for which she was awarded the Gazette’s Best of the Springs Award in 2016), Frenchie in Grease, and Annelle in Steel Magnolias. In addition, she is currently a performer with Princess Ever After LLC, a viral company that brings the Disney princesses to life for young kids. Madison is passionate about sharing the arts with children, and looks forward to fostering a similar passion in her students. She intends to further her vocal training at the graduate level, and continue to build her private vocal studio.
Elyse Jett Clark – Dance Instructor & ACT II Choreographer
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 ten 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 & ACT II!
Shayla Mellen – Musical Theatre Instructor
Shayla Mellen is currently a Dance Performance major at University of Colorado at Colorado Springs working toward her Bachelor’s degree. She transferred from Casper College after receiving her Associates of Arts in Dance Performance on a full tuition scholarship. She has been dancing since the age of 2 and dance and theatre are her absolute passion. She has been in many musicals and plays, such as Mary Poppins, The Wedding Singer, Six Characters in Search of an Author, an adaptation of Charlotte’s Web through dance, and What You Mean to Me. She currently teaches at the YMCA teaching Ballet, Tap, and Musical Theatre, and has also taught Jazz and Hip Hop. She was also recently the Assistant Choreographer for Vista Ridge High School’s production of Footloose. She is very excited to be joining the team at ACT and can’t wait to start classes this summer!
Marci Nickelsburg – Acting & Musical Theatre Instructor & ACT II Director
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.
Jade Provence – Musical Theatre Instructor
Jade is a recent graduate from Pittsburg State University where she earned her B.S. in Theatre and a minor in Music. She first got involved in theatre at a young age in Shrek The Musical and knew from then on she always wanted to be somehow involved in the productions. Some of her favorite past acting roles include Frankenstein and bobrauschenbergamerica. She has also stage managed for the huge production of Noises Off and the comedic play The Balcony Scene. She is very passionate about the theatre and is excited to share that passion with her students at ACT.
Bob Rais – Acting, Shakespeare & Improv Instructor
Bob is thrilled to be joining the Academy of Children’s Theatre! Bob is currently a lecturer with The Department of Visual and Performing Arts at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs. Robert is a trained actor and a member ofActor’s Equity Association, The Screen Actor’s Guild, and The Stage Directors and Choreographers Society. He specializes in comedic theatre training derived from his work at The Second City, Carnivores In Action and Burnt Toast. He has worked as an actor and director at The Signature Theatre (NYC), The Ensemble Theatre of Cincinnati, Actors Theatre of Louisville, Theatreworks (Colorado Springs), Cincinnati Shakespeare Festival, Tennessee Repertory Theater and many more. Some of Bob’s favorite roles are, Falstaff-Merry Wives of Windsor, Scrooge-A Christmas Carol, The Complete Works of Shakespeare, John Adams-1776, Hook-Peter Pan and Herod-Jesus Christ Superstar.
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.