Our board members and staff are dedicated to the growth of the arts in both the community and younger generations. We believe in the power of the arts and that art is your power.
Alaina de Bellevue is a freelance pianist, vocal coach, and music director. She has recently re-established herself in Boulder after living in Germany and Switzerland, where she collaborated with numerous vocal and instrumental artists as a coach and recitalist. Previously she served as a coach at Colorado State University’s Ralph Opera Center, James Madison University's German Singer Sommer in Freiberg, Germany, and Opera Colorado. Alaina is also active as an orchestral pianist, having appeared with Fort Collins Symphony, Boulder Chamber Orchestra, and Front Range Chamber Orchestra. Alaina received her Master of Music in collaborative piano from CU Boulder in 2015 and is currently pursuing an Artist Diploma in vocal coaching. In her free time she enjoys cycling and learning to play fiddle and accordion.
Dillon has been directing plays for as long as she can remember. As a kid, she recruited her siblings to act in living room productions. Growing up in Ojai, California, a community of artists, Dillon found a wealth of mentors to support her performing arts passion. In addition to styles and methods, her early teachers instilled in her a work ethic that continues to serve her today.
Out of high school, Dillon began building her directorial tool kit. She first moved to Los Angeles where she joined a professional performing arts group called the Young Americans. With YA’s, she trained as a professional musical theater performer. Next, Dillon was accepted to the University of California, Santa Barbara where she received her bachelor's degree in Theatre Arts. She traveled abroad after graduating to start a theatre program for a prep-school in Nottinghamshire, UK. With this accomplishment, she moved back home to design a multipurpose theater center and performing arts program for the renowned Ojai Valley School. Dillon’s work at both institutions increased enrollment and helped rejuvenate the schools’ summer programs.
After years of working with children and families, Dillon became increasingly moved by the therapeutic power of performing arts. With mental-health in mind, Dillon moved to Boston where she earned a master’s degree in Social Work form Wheelock College. During this time, she directed for the award-winning Watertown Children’s Theater and interned at an organization called, Playmakers. At Playmakers, a Life is Good-sponsored nonprofit, she trained caregivers to help children with trauma. In Boston and California, she also worked as a therapist for middle and high school-aged students.
When Dillon got back into theater full-time, she found her clinical education allowed her to create a uniquely transformative environment for performers. For the past seven years, Dillon has lived in Boulder with her two boys and served as the primary director for The Rocky Mountain Theatre for Kids and The Actors Academy for the Performing Arts. Dillon sees The Spark as both the culmination and beginning of her life’s work—an ethical performing arts space where invigorating and wonderful things happen.
Kelly Riordan (mezzo-soprano), is a teaching artist, singer, stage performer, andlife-long learner. Originally from the suburbsof Chicago, she is currently pursuing her MM in performance and pedagogy at theUniversity of Colorado, Boulder. Kelly holds her BM in vocal performance fromIllinois Wesleyan University where she graduated Magna Cum Laude. During hertime at IWU she was also selected to be inducted into Pi Kappa Lambda, an honorsociety for musicians who “demonstrate superior musical and academicachievement”.
Kellyhas been lucky enough to work with students on a variety of styles includingMusical Theatre, Jazz, Pop, and Classical. Her goal with every student is tohelp foster a life-long love and appreciation for music and singing whilebuilding a solid foundation of technique. As each student is unique, Kellystrives to get to know each student so that she can tailor her teaching styleto most effectively meet their needs.
Kelly also acknowledges the importance ofstudying music in a variety of styles and approaches teaching, as well asperforming, with this same mindset.
Thispast year, Kelly performed the roles of Little Buttercup in Gilbert andSullivan’s H.M.S Pinafore and theMother in Menotti’s Amahl and the NightVisitors. Her favorite past roles include Cherubino (Le Nozze di Figaro) and Cleo (TheMost Happy Fella).
Marla has had the pleasure to work as a director and choreographer for various theaters and films across the country. Her work explores the boundaries between dance and scene in musicals as well as plays, expanding the function of dance as a production element. Her research has seen practical applications in shows such as Adding Machine and Everyman at the University of Colorado-Boulder in collaboration with directors Dr. Cecilia Pang and Dr. Will Lewis respectively. Most recently her thesis production of Next to Normal enjoyed a sold out run in the Charlotte York Irey Theatre. Marla acted as both director and choreographer using movement to explore mental illness and trauma as it relates to the body. Other notable past productions include: Mary Poppins (Artisan Center Theatre), Peter and the Starcatcher (University of Colorado-Boulder), the Off-Broadway premier of A Pie Rat’s Tale (Three Act Theatre), and the Motif Awards Opening Performance (Walt Disney Concert Hall). Marla Schulz is currently completing her MFA in Dance from the University of Colorado at Boulder. As co-founder and treasurer to The Spark, she brings her administrative and management experience that was most recently seen as the Assistant Program Manager for the Northwest Conference of the American College Dance Association in 2018, which hosted over 500 guests at the CU- Boulder campus.
Raymond Jaramillo McLeod has just returned from his fourth production at NSMT (Zorba, Christmas Carol, Annie). Mr. McLeod has appeared in 6 Broadway shows, making his debut with jekyll & Hyde. He has also sung with the Metropolitan Opera and many others. You can hear his dulcet tones on hundreds of movie soundtracks including 5 Disney movies (Aladdin, Beauty and the Beast, Little Mermaid, Nightmare Before Christmas, Pocahontas) and appeared in many TV episodes including Law and Order, One Life to Live and Fresh Prince of Bel-Air. Mr. McLeod teaches voice in NYC and at Universities across the country and is the Education Director for Angel Fountain Education Endowment, Inc.
Mr. McLeod holds a Masters degree from the University of Texas in Vocal Performance.
Terri holds a MA in Music, BA in Visual and Performing Arts, and National Board Certification in Teaching. She has taught private voice and piano for more than forty years and is a professional Music Director and Accompanist. Students of Ms. Schafer have been awarded numerous college scholarships and have been accepted to noted music theatre colleges around the country. Ms. Schafer is CEO of Showtime Productions Performing Arts, LLC., which is a performing arts education company that has developed New York Intensive trips escorting Broadway hopefuls to New York City for theatre workshops and shows. She also conducts and teaches music theatre workshops around the country. Ms. Schafer has taught choir and theatre in public schools for over 25 years and has directed over 75 stage productions for schools, private studios and community theatres. She has been selected for Who’s Who in American Teachers and Who’s Who in American Business Women. Ms. Schafer is a musician at the Broadway Palm Dinner Theatre and also works in their costume department. She is also teaching private voice for Curtain Call Studios in Fort Myers. She spends her summer teaching in Colorado and lives in Fort Myers, FL.
Will Floss (Tenor) a Michigan native, is pursuing a Master of Music degree in Vocal Performance and Pedagogy from the University ofColorado-Boulder. He holds a Bachelor of Music degree in Vocal Performance(’18) from the University of Toledo. He has performed both opera and musicaltheater roles that include Jack in Sondheim’s Into the Woods, Paul in Sondheim’s Company, Man 1 in Pasek and Paul’s song cycle Edges, Ferrando in Mozart’s Cosifan tutte, Camille in Lehar’s The Merry Widow, Monostatos in Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte, Gherardo in Puccini’s Gianni Schicchi, Larry/Matt in Mollicone’s The Face on the Barroom Floor, Snout in Britten’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and First Sailor in Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas. He recently appeared as the tenor soloist in Handel’s The Messiahat Trinity Episcopal Church in Toledo, Ohio. He recently attended The National Music Festival in Maryland as a Vocal Apprentice. Mr. Floss has also worked as achorister with Michigan Opera Theatre, Music Academy of the West and Toledo Opera.