Instructors

We are so happy to present our amazing staff! Everyone is dedicated to the positive growth and development of children through the creative arts!

 

Mary Cay Stone

Mary Cay StoneMary Cay Stone has been working as a performer and educator for the past fifteen years. She has performed in productions for the Twin Cities Hey City Theatre, Troupe America Productions, Climb Theatre, Comedy Sportz and Orchestra Hall. She has worked as Music Director for such organizations as Youth Performance Company, Stages Theatre, and the Phipps Fine Arts Center. Mary Cay spent eight years on the voice faculty of McNally Smith College of Music, and currently teaches classes in Music, Musical Theatre and Auditioning.

Musical Theater Instructor

 

 

Patricia Lucas

IMG_0434Patricia Lucas has taught dance classes for over 20 years in a variety of settings. She has taught classes and choreographed for competition, recreation, community theatre, and for non-dancers at all ages. Patricia performed professionally from 1980-1990 for a variety of choreographers and for Zoe Sealy’s Jazz Dance Company. She holds a Master’s degree in Dance Movement Therapy and has over 10 years professional experience utilizing her training as a Dance Movement therapist to assist infants through adults in somatic movement healing processes. Patricia also holds a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology and specializes in early development issues where she continues to utilize her background in dance and somatic healing in private practice. Patricia continues to dance, choreograph and perform occasionally. She has been married for over 24 yrs to her husband John and has two grown daughters and a young son. Patricia is very excited about joining Mayer Arts this Fall!

Instructor in Minnetonka/Hopkins Summer Camps

Randi Walz

randi headshotRandi has been a dance teacher since 1994 mostly for Footlights Dance Studio but also through various community ed programs.  She has studied jazz, tap, ballet, lyrical and musical theater.  Randi also has a Masters in Elementary Education.  She lives in St. Paul with her husband and three children. 

Instructor in Maplewood

 

 

Tamara Koltes

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Tamara Koltes holds her BFA in Theater from Seattle’s Cornish College of the Arts, with an interest in developing new works and a background in dance and movement. Tamara has been teaching and working on the stage in Seattle, New York, and Minnesota. With many years of experience teaching in dance and the theater arts, she has worked with Children’s Theatre Company, SteppingStone Children’s Theatre, Youth Performance Company, Broadway Bound, Green Stage, and Seattle Children’s Theater. Her most recent stage appearances in Minneapolis were with Maximum Verbosity in Tales from Wonderland in A Common Night, part of the Minnesota Fringe Festival with Captain Do Good Saves the World from Wal-Mart and Daylight’s Nightfall, along with Six Elements Theatre as Nimue in Broceliande; The Death of Merlin, and as the King’s Rook in the 2014 Human Combat Chess. Tamara is also currently collaborating on an upcoming stage adaptation of George MacDonald’s short story, The Cruel Painter.

Musical Theater Instructor

 

Meg Kirchhoff

meg-k-headshotMeg started dancing at age three and has never wanted to stop. She grew up in Wisconsin studying Ballet, Tap and Jazz, and enjoyed attending summer intensives with the Milwaukee school of Ballet, as well as performing with her studio’s company all through her childhood. Meg attended St. Olaf College where she had the opportunity to choreograph and perform in many Modern dance works. In 2014, Meg received her B.A. in Dance and Middle Eastern Studies from St. Olaf College. Since graduating, Meg has taught a range of dance classes in both Wisconsin and California. She also is a Certified Yoga Instructor who enjoys teaching and practicing yoga when she in not dancing! Meg continues to enjoy performing, choreographing and teaching dance to kids of all ages. She loves having the privilege to share her passion and knowledge of dance with the next generation of movement lovers. Meg is looking forward to a wonderful and fun-filled year at Mayer Arts.

Instructor in Woodbury, Shoreview, Inver Grove Heights

 

Krin McMillen

krin-mcmillen-headshotKrin McMillen has spent nearly her whole life in and around theatre, dance, and music. She has studied ballet, tap, jazz, musical theater, and more for many years and has instructed dance and musical theater classes for preschool aged students through adults. Krin has worked as a professional performer with companies such as ChildrenʼsTheatre Company, Gilbert and Sullivan Very Light Opera Company, Valleyfair Entertainment, and Minnesota Chorale. Krin holds a Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance from Bethel University, and holds extensive honors and awards from various classical vocal competitions, such as NATS (or National Association of Teacherof Singing). Currently, Krin is working as Entertainment Manager for Valleyfair Entertainment, where she has performed, choreographed, and designed since 2012. She is thrilled to be joining the Mayer Arts team of teachers for the 2016-2017 season!

Instructor in Edina

Chelsea Lin Reller

chelsea-headshotChelsea is thrilled to be teaching dance to the kids at Mayer Arts! Here in the Twin Cities, she began her acting career at the age of nine performing at the Guthrie Theater, Children’s Theater Company, Chanhassen Dinner Theatres, and Theater Latte Da.  She attended the University of MN Duluth where she received her BFA in Musical Theater.  This past year Chelsea had the privilege of performing on Disney Cruise Line as she sailed the Caribbean for nine months.  Now in her sixth season at Valleyfair Amusement Park, Chelsea has not only sang and danced on several stages at the park, but is currently the Entertainment Supervisor for Peanuts and events coordinator. Chelsea has a passion for dance, gymnastics, and fitness.  “If you can dream it, you can do it.” –Walt Disney.

Instructor in Bloomington and Burnsville

 

Annie Crepeau

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Annie Crepeau is a senior at the University of Minnesota studying theater. I’m also a frequent actor in local community theater and is having a great time with Mayer Arts sharing and learning with the kids!

Musical Theater Assistant

 

 

 

 

 

Jen Rae
 
Jen_Rae_headshotJen Rae is delighted to be working with the Mayer Arts students! Jen has spent the last two decades in or around the theater, and/or working with youth. An acting conservatory graduate of Cornish College of the Arts, she has gone on to work in regional theaters all around the country, from performing Shakespeare and musical theater, to heavy drama as a heroine in a nineteenth century Swedish play, or dressing up and singing “Busy Bees” as the Queen Bee with a hive of kindergarten aged bees. For the last thirteen years she has been a member of the national comedy troupe, The Washing Well Wenches (seen here at the Minnesota Renaissance Festival), is a member of Actors’ Equity Association (as Geneva Rae), and has directed children’s theater across the US, Canada, and Germany. She has also taught theater classes and worked in both public and private schools as a pre-k and elementary teaching assistant, as well as an athletic coach. Jen loves seeing kids find their own expressions through imagination and creative play, enduring the challenge and thrill of putting those expressions in front of others in a collaborative process with their fellow performers, and experiencing the belief that may be instilled in their developing self-esteem. 
 
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