Instructors

Ally Anthony

Ally Anthony began dancing at the age of three and has studied jazz, tap, ballet, pointe, contemporary, modern, hip-hop, improvisation, and creative movement throughout Iowa and Minnesota. She graduated from Minnesota State University, Mankato with degrees in Private Studio Teaching for Dance, French, Marketing, and Art History. During her time at MSU, Ally participated in several performance pieces created by dance faculty as well as displaying her own choreographic works. As an instructor, it is her goal to teach dancers of all ages and skill levels in a fashion that encourages a strong mind-body connection and injury prevention to ensure that dancers have the opportunity to develop a long-standing and healthy relationship with dance as a means of creative expression.

Megan Tolbert

Megan is excited to work at Mayer Arts to teach theater and dance to students of all ages who are excited to experience the arts. Megan studied at Creighton University and graduated in 2018, she then returned to Creighton to choreograph and perform in Legally Blonde, being nominated for the Nebraska Theater Choreographer Award; Megan then was nominated for the Iowa Theater Choreographer Award for her work doing Shrek the Musical. After her time in Omaha, she moved back to the Twin Cities to further her career in theater and dance. She currently works at Stages Theater, Platinum Dance Center, Dance Endeavors, and other schools and programs throughout The Cities. At the dance studios, she teaches ages 2-18 in styles including hip hop, ballet, tap, musical theater, and jazz. At the theaters she focuses mainly on musical theater dance for the students. Megan is proud to be a member of Mayer Arts and teach the students eager to learn.

Aerin O’Malley

Aerin O’Malley has gone from Mayer Arts student to teacher and is thrilled to be back for another summer of theater and dance. Aerin is a senior at St. Olaf College majoring in political science, economics, and American studies. However, she is also active in the university’s theater department acting in productions such as You Can’t Take it With You, Proof, and Comedy of Errors. In the college’s dance department, she has studied tap, jazz, and modern dance and currently is one of the Bronze level coaches for the St. Olaf Ballroom Performance Team. Aerin’s performing arts education began with Mayer Arts, and she loves giving back that same education to the students in her class!

Jacyln O’Neil 

Jackie started dance classes at the age of seven and has been performing ever since! Performing has always been second nature to her, stealing the microphone (literally) at the Christmas Pageant as a preschooler. Her outgoing and energetic personality assists her passion for teaching all ages! Jackie Graduated with her BFA in Musical Theater Performance and Dance Choreography from the University of North Dakota. She has recently choreographed and performed in a variety of Community Theater shows in the Twin Cities and North Dakota including: Chameleon Theater Circle, Morris Park Players, Lakeshore Players, Lyric Arts, and Frost Fire Summer Theater. When she’s not working on a production, Jackie is an avid outdoorswoman and enjoys hiking, biking, skiing, and spending time at the lake cabin with her family. Jackie is very excited to be back with Mayer Arts and ready for more fun “cardio-filled” teaching adventures!

Claire Achen

Claire is relatively new to the Twin Cities and is excited to join Mayer Arts! Claire has been dancing since kindergarten age, studying ballet, jazz, and pointe in rural Northeast Iowa. She graduated from Minnesota State University, Mankato with a BA in dance. She had the privilege to study with amazing instructors and fellow dancers and studied modern, hip hop, tap, dance history, and composition among many courses there. Her hope is to make the classroom an always inclusive, accessible, technical,  and encouraging environment to all dancers and performers.

Jen Rae

Jen 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

Abby Covert

Abby is a recent graduate of Anderson University where she received her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Musical Theatre. Some of her favorite credits include Miss Sandra in All Shook Up with White Bear Lake Community Players Theater, and Calliope in Xanadu at the South Carolina School of the Arts. This is her first summer with Mayer Arts, and she can’t wait to combine her passions for theatre, children, and teaching!

Lindy Erdmann

Lindy Erdmann lives in Minneapolis with her husband and two children. She is excited to have her daughter, Willow assisting her with some camps this summer! She has been working in education for the past nine years and also just completed a degree to become a speech and language pathology assistant. Beyond her experience in education, she has a performing arts background having participated in theatre, music and dance for much of her life. Besides participating in the performing arts and attending performances, particularly her children’s, she enjoys reading, travel, and spending time at her family’s lake cabin. She is looking forward to working with your children this summer!

Nora Targonski-O’Brien

Nora Targonski-O’Brien is MN made, New Jersey raised, teacher, actor and producer. Since moving to Minnesota, her work has expanded to film. Such as, The Hunter, a series of short episodes and feature film In Winter, available for streaming now. Her last live role was Ethlynann in Alligator Summer, performed at The Southern Theater late February 2020. Nora is excited to be back to in-person activities, especially theater. She believes the skills kids learn in theater class extend way beyond performance to how we listen and react to the world around us at large. 

Marisela Weber

Sela Weber is an English teacher and theatre director at Rosemount High School. As an actress, Sela  performed at the College of Saint Benedicts in productions: The Bacchae, Stop Kiss, Nathan the Wise, and The Tempest. She has also worked in theatre education at Steppingstone Theatre in Saint Paul and Anna Fiorentini Theatre School in London, United Kingdom. Sela is very excited to join the Mayer Arts team and continue to share her passion with her students.

Haley Haupt

Haley Haupt is a Twin Cities based performing artist and arts educator. As an actor, Haley has previously worked with Skylight Music Theatre (Milwaukee, WI), SPARK Theatre & Dance, Maplewood Area Historical Society, Theatre Unbound, and Theater Latté Da. As an educator she has led residencies and taught with Mad Hot Ballroom through Danceworks (WI) and the Roseville Public School District. She volunteered with Teach for India (Mumbai, India) for ten weeks, with an emphasis on arts programming within the public education system. She holds a BFA Musical Theatre and Religious Studies minor from UW-Stevens Point.