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
Wendy digs this academy stuff! She loves working to make this academy a place families and students feel like they belong. She has acted in and directed shows at CPT and loves the amazing support the theatre gives each other.
But if she were honest she’d always rather be snowboarding with her kids and husband.
Jana studied Musical Theatre at Weber State University. There she learned that she loved being back stage just as much as performing on stage. Occasionally, between academy shows, you will see her on CenterPoint’s Main Stage. She joined the Academy team in 2015 as a director. In 2019 she became the Academy producer.
"I want to make every show we put on be an experience that the kids will never forget!"
Janell started sewing at age seven, and entered the county and state fair through 4-H, blue ribbons at both. She’s been building clothing and costumes ever since. She’s old, so that's a lot of creating! Once, I was disqualified for a costume I built; the judges thought I had purchased it. She started helping out at CPT in 2013 with Secret Garden and have been designing for CenterPoint Academy since Annie Jr 2015. A lot of kids, a lot of shows, one right after another, and she’s not done yet! She loves being a part of this community as we, as a team, work to teach our students valuable life skills through theatre. She often wonders who they will be when they grow up and she can't wait to see what they do to positively impact our world. “Thank you Scott Montgomery for the experience with Annie Jr. Miss you. Thank you Danny and Wendy for hiring me!”
Musical Theatre Production for Elementary
Since she was young Megan has had a passion for the performing arts. Megan studied Theatre Education and English at Weber State University. She was the director of the musical theatre program at Creative Arts Academy for 5 years. She was the theatre department choreographer at Bountiful High School for over 10 years; some of her favorites include West Side Story, Oklahoma, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels and White Christmas. She was nominated for Best Choreography for the Utah High School Musical Theatre awards 4 times and won for her choreography for Crazy For You. She directs and choreographs at many local elementary schools and junior highs, as well as for the BHS show choirs. She has performed, directed, choreographed and stage managed at many theatre's along the Wasatch Front; CPT, Draper City, Empress, OPPA, Terrace Plaza. "Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn." --Benjamin Franklin
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 Mainstage in Ragtime and Holiday Inn.
Tara is a seasoned theatre music director of all ages. She has music directed dozens of children’s theatre productions at CenterPoint Legacy Theater 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 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 to 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
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, Fiddler), 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.
Musical Theatre Production for Juniors
Kristin Callor Kristin LOVES being the Juniors Director for the CPT Academy. Youth Theater is where it is at!!! She received her Theater Arts education at BYU-Hawaii and Weber State University. Kristin has served as the Artistic Director of the Kaysville City Summer Musical program since 1998. She has been directing, choreographing and stage managing in the Davis County community for the past 25 years. She owned and operated CentreStage Theater for Youth for 16 years and has choreographed for the Davis High Theater Department for the past 23 years. She loves working in community and educational theater and loves to see what theater brings to the lives of those she gets to work with. You really do BELONG HERE....come and play!
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 through Utah and Idaho including Sundance, Centerpoint, and the Playmill. A few favorite roles he’s played recently are Gerorge She Loves Me (Harmon Hall), Harold Hill Music Man (Hale Centre Theatre), Captain Hook Peter Pan (Ogden Musical Theatre), Tin Man The Wizard of Oz (Hale Centre Theatre). Addison has been an instructor at Centerpoint Academy for 5 years.
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, 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
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). Her voice can be heard in the audiobook series "Ragesong" and on "The Reclaimers" podcast. She has also been featured in commercials for 94.1 KODJ and Dental Designs of Bountiful. 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.
Musical Theatre Production for High School
Director and Academy Director
Danny has been involved at CenterPoint Academy and its predecessors since 1990, and he has the gray in his beard to prove it. He started taking Academy classes under his uncle, Ralph Rodgers, and he’s been acting, directing, and performing ever since, with experience in more than 80 stage productions. He studied Musical Theatre at Weber State University and has performed at CenterPoint, Hale Center Theatre, Jackson Hole Playhouse, Weber State, Wasatch Theatre Co, Ogden Musical Theatre, The Grand Theatre, and more. Danny has an MBA from the University of Utah, and he’s super proud of being one of only several zillion souls on earth with an MBA. He’s been directing at the Academy since 2015, and he has the gray in his beard to prove it. He has five children who frequently don’t embarrass the family. He also has one wife and she is way out of his league.
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.
Jessica has been teaching at CenterPoint Academy since 2013 and isn’t tired of it yet. A graduate of WSU, Jessica has worked on productions from Ogden to Sandy as director, music director, choreographer, costumer, Ariel wrangler, stage manager, tech operator, light designer, accompanist, and performer. Seeing the kids grow in confidence is her favorite thing about teaching at CPT.
Production and Stage Manager & Academy Program Administrator
Kristina started in theater when she was a young teenager, and she took classes at Pages Lane Theatre Academy. 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 Bigs 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, Miss Skillon in See How They Run and Adelaide in Guys and Dolls. Kristina’s most recent project has been voicing Attie in the Reclaimers Podcast.
Director & Instructor for Auditions, Acting, Backstage
Lindsea has been working professionally in Utah theater for 10 years. Thanks to her degree in Musical Theater from Weber State University and her years of professional experience, she has a wide range of detailed knowledge in a variety of theater disciplines. She teaches the Auditions, Acting, and Backstage classes at Centerpoint Academy. You may have seen Lindsea on the Centerpoint Main Stage as "Linda" in Holiday Inn, "Christine" in Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, tapping her heart out as "Patsy" in Crazy For You, or in the Black Box as "Ling Ling" in Five Carols for Christmas! She has also performed at Hale Center Theater, The Grand Theater, Ogden Musical Theater, and Good Company Theater.
Sing, Act, Play & Performing Arts
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 to the next generation. 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 from Brigham Young University with a major in English and a minor in Psychology. Jessica taught general music at Farmington Elementary for four years and directed seven plays for Spotlight Children’s Theater. She is currently pursuing her Master of Interdisciplinary Studies degree from Southern Utah University, and her areas of study are Arts Administration, Leadership Studies, and Professional Communication.
Dance for Musical Theatre
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.
Kyle studied Musical Theater at Weber State University and has had a lifelong passion for the performing arts. He’s worked as an actor, music director, sound designer, composer, teacher, and director with companies along northern Utah including Backstage Performing Arts, Centerpoint Legacy Theatre, Good Company Theatre, Ogden Musical Theatre, the Ziegfeld Theater, and Salt Lake Acting Company. As an instructor he loves helping students to find their home in the arts. He encourages his students to explore and excel as individual artists and as collaborators of the theatre, coaching them in music and voice, acting, dance, and theatre history.
Voice for Musical Theatre
Mailee loves performing at CenterPoint and teaching with the Academy! She has a bachelor’s degree in voice from UVU and teaches private voice lessons on top of teaching with the academy. She has a background in Operetta and Musical Theatre and even did a young artist program with the Ohio Light Opera back in 2018. Mailee has performed all over Utah, and you may have seen her as Marian Paroo here at CenterPoint, Florence in Phantom at Hale Center Theatre, Ermengarde in Hello Dolly! at Centerpoint, Liesl VonTrapp in The Sound of Music at Hale Center Theatre and Cosette in Les Miserables at The Ziegfeld Theater. Singing has always been a huge part of her life and she loves sharing it with the Academy's littles!
Ami has been singing from 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.
Joan has a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Ballet Performance from the University of Utah. She is trained extensively in the Cecchetti ballet methodology, but her training also includes the Russian and Bournonville styles. She has studied under Bené Arnold, Barbara Hamblin, Gordon Paxman, Madeline Gavers, Yurik Lazowski, Teri Port, Janet Gray, Julie Orlob, Rowland Butler, Tony Landers Marks and Willam Christensen. In addition to ballet, Joan is trained in Character Dance, Tap, and Jazz. Joan also holds an MFA in Theatre with a Musical Theatre emphasis and a secondary teaching certificate from the University of Utah. Joan has performed with the Utah Ballet Ensemble, U of U Ballet Showcases, Kingsbury Hall, Pioneer Theatre Company, Lagoon Opera House Summer Theatre, Utah Greek Theatre Festival, Triad Center Theatre, and the Laie Community Theatre. She has also sung with the Utah Symphony Chorus for 27 years and is currently singing with Utah Voices. In addition to creating and choreographing eighteen story ballets, Joan’s choreographic experience includes BYU-Hawaii resident choreographer, Triad Theatre Productions, Rodgers Memorial Theatre, and CenterPoint Legacy Theatre. Joan also choreographed the dance segments in the film Trek. Joan’s résumé includes a variety of experiences. As a ten-year Beverly Taylor Sorensen ArtWorks For Kids dance instructor Joan taught multiple genres of dance to 800+ Kindergarten to 6th grade students. She was the Jazz company director for Rowland Butler Dance, the ballet instructor for the Bountiful High state champion drill team, and a theatre instructor for Rodgers Memorial Theatre. She privately taught Dawn Hall, the former Utah Jazz Dancers director and Gev Manoukian, Season 4 So You Think You Can Dance finalist. Joan’s greatest love is Ballet which she has taught more than 30 years, teaching hundreds of students the beautiful art and technique of Ballet. Those students range in age from 3 to adults of all ages. Ballet is an incredible art form that has lasted hundreds of years and is the basis for all other forms of dance, providing a foundational advantage for anyone who performs on stage. Joan looks forward to training more future ballet dancers and musical theatre stars. Joan has been here at CenterPoint Theatre prior to the theatre’s opening and is happy to be a part of the CenterPoint Academy!
Sarah E. Taylor began her ballet studies at the age of 5 as physical therapy for a congenial hip, but fell in love with the art. She studied in Ogden UT. with former principal danseur of the San Francisco Ballet, Master Walter Stocker. At the age of 14 Sarah furthered to her dance training by attending the School of Ballet West and studied with Katherine Lee. Through her High School years, Sarah attended several intensive workshops including a summer with Ballet West principle dancers Matt Degnan and Lisa LaManna. Sarah had the great opportunity to dance student parts in Ballet West’s Nutcracker from 1983 to 1986. In 1987 Sarah began attending Weber State University taking ballet and ballroom classes from various faculty members including Joni Wilson of Virginia Tanner Dance and Children’s Dance Theater. While attending Weber State, Sarah was a choreographer for the Weber State “Sign-Up” performance group. At the same time, Sarah taught ballet classes for the Ogden School of Ballet. In 1989 Sarah and her husband moved to Japan. In addition to teaching English at the American English School in Saitama, Japan, she attended ballet classes at the Koga School of Ballet in Koga, Japan. From 1991 to 1995 Sarah was the manger and director for the 28th Street Studio for the Performing Arts in Ogden, UT. The 28th St studio was the Ogden home of schools such as Children’s Dance Theater, and Page’s Lane (Rogers Memorial) Academy. In the fall of 1995 Sarah began teaching at Flip’s Gymnastics in Bountiful, UT. as the pre-ballet & ballet teacher as well as the dance coach for the girl’s gymnastics competition team. In 2000 Sarah’s attentions turned from dance to education when she completed her Montessori Teaching Certification as well as becoming the administrator of a small private school. Along with her administrative duties, Sarah was able to share her love of dance by teaching the student body weekly dance classes, which incorporated classical ballet technique with creative movement, ballroom dance, and folk dances. Sarah also served as the choreographer/director for the school’s semi-yearly musical performances. Sarah’s love of ballet brought her to teaching at Rogers Memorial Theatre and then on to CenterPoint Academy 10+ years ago.