Academy Instructors

Meet the Academy Team

CenterPoint Academy is great because of the people who make up the Academy family, including our students, their families, and the awesome Academy staff and instructors. See below for a little more about the folks who make the Academy go!

Academy Management TEam

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Academy Director

Shelby Ferrin

Shelby is proud to contribute to the Utah theatre community. As the son of a 42-year-old theatre educator, he is thrilled to be picking up that mantle and working with these amazing kids. Shelby came to CPT as an actor in 2014 and began directing on the main stage in 2019 (where he has helmed The Music Man, A Christmas Carol, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, She Loves Me, and A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder). When he’s not at the theatre, he enjoys baking artisan sourdough, smoking delicious meats, and cultivating bonsai trees – but let’s be honest, when is he not at the theatre? In all parts of his life, he just wants to create beauty and make the world a little better.
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Academy Producer

Kristin Callor

Kristin is thrilled to be working with incredible teams at CenterPoint Academy to put up quality youth theater in Davis County. She has been directing, choreographing, and stage managing in the Davis County community for the past 25 years. She directs and choreographs on the CPT Mainstage and has served as the Artistic Director of the Kaysville City Summer Musical program since 1998.  She received her Theater Arts education at BYU-Hawaii and Weber State University. She owned and operated CentreStage Theater for Youth for 16 years and loves working in community and educational theater. She loves to see what theater brings to the lives of those she gets to work with. She is grateful to work with this incredible family at CenterPoint Theatre.

Auditioned Musical Theatre Production for Elementary

Director

Megan Call

Megan studied Theatre and English at Weber State. She has directed, choreographed, performed, and stage-managed at many theatres and schools across the valley. She ran the MT program for Creative Arts Academy for 5 years before joining the team at CPT Academy. Her first adventure with the CPT Academy was as the choreographer for Elf Jr. in 2016. She then was the ultimate floater teacher and sub, for the next few years. She has been the Elementary Musical Theatre Director since its inception in 2019 and loves every minute of it. For CPT Academy she has directed Aladdin Kids, Peter Pan Jr., Seussical Jr., and Newsies Jr.; as well as choreographed Elf Jr., Seussical Jr., Little Mermaid Jr., and Tuck Everlasting. “Dare to be authentic. Dare to believe in the thing that you have that no one else does. Dare to be special!”

Choreographer

Dylan Watson

Dylan has been doing theatre since he was in the 3rd grade and fell in love with musicals. He started in theatre education classes at Midland Community Theatre in Texas and then moved into the Pickwick Player troupe where his passion for teaching children and dance really began. He is finishing his BFA in Musical Theatre from the University of Utah and is so excited to be teaching here at the academy! He’s helped choreograph multiple shows like West Side Story and La Cage Aux Folles and directed Still Life With Iris. Here at the academy, he has choreographed Aladdin Kids and Peter Pan Jr. and Performed on the main stage in Ragtime and Holiday Inn.

Music Director

Brooke Liljenquist

Brooke was born and raised here in Davis County and has loved theater since she was born. In fact, one of her earliest memories is of composing, producing and starring in an original musical in her driveway at the ripe old age of 6. She is a certified musical theater nerd and has found a home here among other like-minded individuals. She has directed & choreographed school productions of Seussical (twice), Beauty & the Beast, Lion King (also twice) and Shrek, effectively indoctrinating her own children into this crazy hobby. With decades of piano and vocal training, musical directing was a natural fit for her and she has taught at the Academy since 2022. She can hardly believe she gets paid to have fun making music with kids. She believes every voice is valuable and wants to give her students the confidence to make their voices heard. She also loves the power of theater to connect and unite, to quote Ragtime “We have different lives and faces but our hearts have common places

Production and Stage Manager

Sal Duncan

Sal has had a love for all things theatre since she first stepped onto the stage as Brigitta in The Sound of Music. In college, she performed with the USU Sunburst Singers, Dance West, and Women’s Choir. She has performed regionally in a variety of venues including CPT (Grandma Tzeitel, The Fiddler on the Roof), The Hope Box (Katherine, Freaky Friday), BTPP (Sylvia, All Shook Up), and the Bountiful Regional Center (Marian, The Music Man). She is also a voice-over actor for Imagine Learning. Sal was a Music Specialist for Davis School District and has written, directed, and stage-managed several school productions. While employed at DSD, she received training and experience working with children with mild to moderate behavioral issues. Sal has a BS from USU, College of Social Sciences, with a minor in Communications. She has worked at CPT Academy since 2015 and loves her associations with the students, parents, and staff. She believes that Theatre Arts is a great medium for children to grow in confidence, cultivate their talents, find a sense of community, and develop lifelong skills.

Assistant Stage Manager

Mady Cook

Mady has been raised in theater and has a deep love and appreciation for all aspects of it. She recently has found a love for stage managing. She started her stage-managing journey at The Hopebox Theater. She absolutely loves CenterPoint and is so grateful to be working in the academy. She is currently stage-managing ‘Beetlejuice Jr.’ and looks forward to many more to come!

Auditioned Musical Theatre Production for Juniors

Director

Addison Welch

Addison has a degree in musical theatre from Weber State University. He was a cast member at Walt Disney World where he was a puppeteer as well as a performer in all of their shows and parades. He’s choreographed at many theaters and high schools throughout Utah and Idaho including Sundance, CenterPoint, and The Playmill. A few favorite roles he’s played recently are George in She Loves Me (Harmon Hall), Harold Hill in The Music Man (Hale Centre Theatre), Captain Hook in Peter Pan (Ogden Musical Theatre), and Tin Man in The Wizard of Oz (Hale Centre Theatre). Addison has been an instructor at CenterPoint Academy for 5 years.

Choreographer

Allison Hogge

Allison found her love for theatre and dance when she was in Junior High and has been doing so nonstop ever since. She is thrilled to be able to work with the Junior High age here at the academy as their choreographer and share that love with them! Allison holds a BA in Musical Theatre from WSU where it was required for her major to take the dance for musical theatre class once to get her degree, she took it five times! Ever since graduating she has been performing all along the Wasatch Front at The Grand Theatre, West Valley Arts, Ogden Musical Theatre, and has graced CPTs stage in 12 different productions. Some of her favorite performances include portraying Tess in Crazy for You, Lucy in Bright Start, and Lila Dixon in Holiday Inn. Allison has also had the opportunity to choreograph for CPT summer academy camps and for Hopebox Theatre.

Music Director

Angie Call

Angie has been teaching as a musical director for the Academy for the last 6 years and is thrilled to be back teaching again this next year. Angie has performed for many theatres in Utah including CenterPoint, Hale, Pickleville Playhouse, The Grand, and The Children’s Theatre, as well as others. Some of her favorite roles include Mother in Ragtime, Princess Fiona in Shrek, The Narrator in Joseph, Mrs. Banks in Mary Poppins, Alice in The Addams Family, and Adelaide in Guys and Dolls. Angie also teaches private voice and piano lessons. But her favorite role is being a wife and mother to 4 very entertaining children. Angie loves the Academy and is so grateful to be a part of it. “You belong here!”

Production and Stage Manager & Academy Director

Annie Ferrin

Annie is a Vermont native and BYU grad with a degree in Communication Disorders and Theatre Studies. She has performed at theatres all over the valley. Favorite stage roles include Mother (Ragtime), Harper/Maudie (To Kill a Mockingbird), Judy Bernly (9 to 5), and Tanya (Mamma Mia!). She has been honored with recognition from the BroadwayWorld Salt Lake City Awards as Best Actress in a Musical and Best Actress in a Play (2018). She is thrilled to be a part of the CenterPoint Academy family where she can help contribute to its goal of building kids and building community.

Auditioned Musical Theatre Production for High School

Director

Ryan Bruckman

Ryan has been a storyteller since he was young and has spent 20+ years performing across the Salt Lake Valley. His first musical was 42nd Street where he learned to tap dance and fell in love with musicals and dancing. He spent time studying theater in both Southern Utah University and the University of Utah theater programs and has been working as a director since 2015 working on many shows like The Wedding Singer, The Scarlet Pimpernel, She Loves Me, Nunsense, See How They Run, Is He Dead, and Singing in the Rain.

Outside of the theater, he is a multimedia producer who creates video content, product photography, and audio materials and is an avid soccer fan. He met his wife performing at Rodgers Memorial and now their son has started appearing on stage making theater a family event.

Choreographer

Bailee DeYoung

Bailee received her BA in Musical Theatre from Weber State University where she had a full-tuition theatre scholarship for four years. She graduated from WSU in 2014, but Bailee has loved performing for most of her life. Bailee got her start on the stage as a ballet dancer. She has over ten years of classical ballet training. She’s also trained in tap, jazz, clogging, folk, contemporary, and hip-hop. Bailee has 15 years of theatrical training and eight years of private vocal training from some of the best teachers in the state. She has taught dance classes of all levels at various locations. Now Bailee loves to choreograph and perform along the Wasatch Front. She has choreographed over a dozen productions at seven different Utah venues so far and has performed in many more.

Music Director

Tara Wardle

Tara is a seasoned theatre music director of all ages. She has music-directed dozens of children’s theatre productions at CenterPoint Legacy Theatre Academy during the academic year for six years, and she has also music-directed multiple productions on the Barlow Main Stage at CPT (My Fair Lady and The Music Man are favorites). With her B.A. degree in Music Education from BYU-Idaho, Tara’s background in choral ed has given her a cutting edge in ensemble work and vocal pedagogy techniques in the musical theatre world. Tara is also a highly sought-after high soprano at Funk Studios, LA East, and Platinum Sound to sing vocal backing tracks for Broadway rehearsal tracks, the LDS church, Sony Pictures, and other contracted events. In her spare time (!) she loves teaching her voice students, tag-teaming life with her hot husband, and being a scatter-brained mom to her 3 rambunctious boys and one feisty princess.

Production and Stage Manager & Academy Program Administrator

Kristina Boler

Kristina started in theater when she was young by taking classes at Pages Lane Theatre Academy (later Rodgers Memorial Theatre). She has come full circle and loves working for the CenterPoint Academy. Kristina is the Program Administrator for the Academy and is the Stage Manager for the Audition Enrollment: Musical Theatre for High School classes. When Kristina is not working with these awesome kids, she can be found performing. Kristina’s favorite roles include Miss Andrew in Mary Poppins, Annie in The Play That Goes Wrong, Miss Skillon in See How They Run, and Adelaide in Guys and Dolls. Kristina’s most recent project has been becoming a mom to a little bundle of joy named Charlotte.

Open Enrollment Musical Theatre Production for Elementary, Juniors, and High School

Director

Jana Plowman

Jana studied Musical Theatre at Weber State University.  She has been working in the Academy for 8 years spending her time directing and producing shows.  Occasionally, between academy productions, you will see her on CenterPoint’s Main Stage.  You can also hear her as a voice-over actor for Imagine Learning.

Choreographer

Judy Binns

Judy is passionate about the performing arts and loves teaching, especially young people. She has 25+ years of dance training as well as performing and teaching experience in tap, classical ballet, clogging, musical theatre, and folk dance. Judy was a Musical Theatre Major at BYU where she also trained and performed with the BYU Folk Dance Ensemble. She was the director and choreographer for the theatre program at West Hills Middle School for 8 years and guest choreographer for 3 years at Copper Hills

High in West Jordan. She began performing here at CPT, on the main stage, in 2018. Elf, The Music Man, The Secret Garden, and 42nd Street are a few of the CPT shows she’s been lucky enough to be a part of recently. She’s thrilled to pieces to be here at CPT Academy!

Music Director

Jake Heywood

Jake is a music director, voice teacher, and performer from Ogden, Utah. After falling in love with performing in high school, Jake studied choral music, musical theatre, opera, and contemporary music in college. He will earn his BA in Music from Weber State this year and is certified in Evidence-Based Voicework through Maddie Tarbox Vocal Studio. He is passionate about helping his students develop autonomy as storytellers and musicians. Jake is incredibly excited for his first year with CPT Academy as a music director! He has loved his experiences at CenterPoint as a performer, so to work here is a dream. Some of his favorite shows to music direct with local theaters have been Tuck Everlasting, Les Misérables, The Secret Garden, and The Hunchback of Notre Dame. Jake loves watching movies, spending time with his family and boyfriend, talking about Taylor Swift, and making music of all kinds.

Stage Manager

Tandi Lefler

Tandi still remembers being a part of her first musical when she was 10 years old. It inspired her lifelong love of theater. She earned her BFA in Music and Dance Theater at BYU. Some of her favorite stage roles include Anna in The King and I, Marian in The Music Man, Laurey in Oklahoma! and Rapunzel in Into the Woods. Her performance experiences opened new doors to theater education and she has spent the last few years at Legacy Preparatory Academy as the elementary music teacher (3 years) and musical theater director (4 years). She has dabbled in hair and makeup design (for elementary, junior ,high and BYU productions), choreography (for junior high) as well as professional voiceover work. Tandi is passionate about the value of music and theater in children’s lives as a means to express emotions and instill confidence and belonging.

Performing Arts

Sing, Act, Play & Performing Arts

Jessica Moon

Jessica was fortunate to have people around her who gave her a love for theatre and believed in her enough to give her opportunities to perform. She feels a responsibility to pay it forward and has directed more than a dozen plays throughout Davis County. Jessica was the Speech and Drama Sterling Scholar for Southeastern Utah and was a state champion in Oratory. She served as (student) Academic Vice President at Snow College and received her Bachelor of Arts degree in English and Psychology from BYU. She recently graduated with a master’s degree from SUU with an emphasis in Arts Administration. She’s pretty sure she works with the cutest and funniest kids at the academy!

Sing, Act, Play & Performing Arts

Ann Bradley

Ann loves to be in the classroom! She received her BA in Elementary Education from BYU-I and, for the last 8 years, she has been teaching part-time at Farmington Elementary in the DEEP and music programs. Ann loved stage-managing several children’s theater productions, but spending time with the budding theater students at the Academy has been a dream she didn’t know she had. Ann looks forward to creating with the youngest students at CPTA each week.

Dance for Musical Theatre

Instructor

Danica Davies

Danica is thrilled to be teaching at CenterPoint Academy! Growing up, she studied at a competitive dance studio in Las Vegas, NV, and graduated from the University of Utah with a BFA in theatre education. She has over a decade of experience teaching theatre and dance to all ages. She loves performing and is passionate about teaching. CPT holds a special place in Danica’s heart as it’s where she met her husband. Together they have a very active and fun 2-year-old.

Voice for Musical Theatre

Instructor

Mailee Halpin

Mailee loves CenterPoint with all her heart; Whether it’s performing on its main stage or teaching with the Academy! You may even recognize her from her roles on our main stage such as Cinderella, Amalia Balash, and Marian Paroo! With a Bachelor’s in Voice from UVU and multiple teaching certifications, she not only teaches at the Academy but also runs a successful private studio. She has performed with many popular theatres here in Utah including Hale Theatre and the Ziegfeld, and even spent a summer performing with the Ohio Light Opera back in 2018. Singing has truly shaped Mailee’s life in every way and she feels honored to share its magic with the Academy’s littles!

Instructor

Ami Swallow

Ami has been singing since birth. She made her first vocal recording at age 3 (including “McDonald’s Had a Farm”). In order to support this vocal habit, she begged her parents to let her take piano lessons. She has had a long and successful track record of using music to avoid other tasks (don’t remind her younger sisters how many times she got out of washing the dishes after dinner because she “had to practice” …they still get very upset). In high school, Ami’s love of music led her to spend a lot of time performing with musicians, actors, and other unsavory characters. She started college at BYU as a Music Dance Theatre major but changed it to Music Education as she no longer wanted to run between the extreme ends of the campus for her classes (this was during the great WILK and library construction). Ami graduated and began forcing other, smaller people to sing all together at the same time (she is still amazed that she gets paid to do this!). She has taught choir, musical theatre production, and directed and music-directed musicals for nearly 20 years.

Acting for the Stage & Audition Workshop

Instructor

Margaret Simon

Margaret loves being a part of the CPT Academy team! She has been involved in theater since she was living in Italy as a child and joined her elementary drama group. Margaret has been involved in various productions locally and loves performing whenever she can. Some favorite roles include Sandra Bloom (Big Fish), Kathy Seldon (Singing in the Rain), and Milly Bradon (Seven Brides). She also has helped start the drama program at her kids’ elementary school and continues to volunteer each year as co-director for those productions. Margaret has a Bachelors and Masters degree in Music and Piano Performance. She has performed in Japan, Italy, and across the Wasatch front. She is a pianist for hire and loves accompanying and teaching privately. Welcome to the Academy!

Instructor

Carol Madsen

Carol Madsen has enjoyed working and creating in the performing arts since her childhood. Standing on the kitchen table and demanding that her family applaud as she sang… was her auspicious debut. Since then, she has enjoyed dance training and performing with various companies in California, where she grew up, vocal training as she discovered that she also loved music, and above all, acting for the stage. Carol has worked with children’s theatre around the world; in Mexico City in their children’s community theatre, Brazil, at Escola Graduada and the BBC-sponsored Cultura Inglesa, Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, and here in her home, Utah. Carol is eager to share her skills with her students this year at CenterPoint Theatre Academy. It’s an awesome opportunity and responsibility that she cherishes.

Backstage!

Instructor & CPT Technical Director

Derek Walden

Derek is the Technical Director for CPT and has a Theatre Tech BA from Weber State. He is happy to have this opportunity to pass down his wide spectrum of knowledge to the kids in the Backstage! class. He loves it when kids learn that there’s more to theatre than just performing, and there’s a huge community of people making the magic happen.

Instructor

Ashley Weller

Ashley has been a Stage Manager and Props Designer at CPT for the last 10 years. She is happy to share her knowledge and experience with these great academy kids. She received her Associate of Arts from Western Wyoming Community College in 2010. Over the years she has had the pleasure of working for The Old Lyric Repertory Company, The Pink Garter, and Pygmalion Productions. Some of her favorite CPT shows include Children of Eden, Addams Family, Mary Poppins, Elf, and 42nd Street.