LEARN FROM THE PROFESSIONALS Perry-Mansfield Performing Arts School and Camp offers the dedicated student the opportunity to engage in a rigorous training program with gifted practitioners whose credits include Broadway, Off-Broadway, London’s West End, Ballet Hispanico, The Royal Danish Ballet, New York Theatre Ballet, International tours and many more. Through ensemble-work, intense collaboration, and individual guidance, the Perry-Mansfield faculty teach some of the nation’s most promising young artists to explore the classic and ever-changing worlds of theatre, musical theatre and dance.
Director of Theatre
Emily Tarquin is overjoyed to be spending her 12th summer at Perry-Mansfield in her new role as Director of Theatre. She will also return as the Producer of the Perry-Mansfield New Works Festival.
Emily is the Artistic Associate of the Denver Center Theatre Company (DCTC) and within that role contributes as Casting Associate, New Play Coordinator, and Curator of Off-Center, DCTC’s theatrical lab space dedicated to attracting the next generation of artists and audiences. Emily and Charlie Miller led the development of Off-Center from its inception with the assistance of three Doris Dukes grants, including the Innovation Lab facilitated by EmcArts. Now in its third season, they have curated 13 new works that have a unique immersive audience experience that expands the show before, during, and after/inside and outside of the theatre.
Also at DCTC, Emily manages the Colorado New Play Summit and is involved in casting the mainstage season with a focus in local and youth casting. She has done casting sessions at the Denver Center Academy, Denver School of the Arts and Colorado School of Acting with students of all ages. Emily was a panelist on the Thinking Outside the Box: Moving the Market Forward panel at the Western Arts Alliance Next Gen Conference, participated in an audience engagement session funded by The Wallace Foundation, was a Guest Artist at Hedgebrook Women Playwright’s Festival, and most recently, gave a talk and demonstration at the National Innovation Summit for Arts & Culture. She graduated from Savannah College of Art & Design with a BFA in Media & Performing Arts.
Equestrian Faculty Head
Naomi, a Colorado native, has been riding since the age of 5. She has 8 years experience teaching horseback riding and 15 years experience training horses. She learned classical riding and horsemanship in the United States Pony Club and 4-H. She has a strong background in Dressage and Eventing, as well as Western Riding.
Director of Dance
Lynda Davis has had extensive performing, choreographing, directing and teaching experience that encompasses both the professional and educational dance worlds.
Davis is a former member of the Gloria Newman Dance Theatre and a featured dancer with the Bella Lewitzky Dance Company. She has served as Artistic Director and Dean of the Dance School at the California Institute of the Arts. Along with Clay Taliaferro and Carol Warner, she co-directed, performed and toured extensively with the Theatre Dance Trio.
Davis has toured widely with her solo concerts and has choreographed and taught at many festivals and dance residency events. She has choreographed and directed a series of eight dance films related to technical training, improvisational skills and choreographic source materials.
In London, Davis has served as Artistic Director and principal choreographer for the Centre Dance Ensemble and Transition Dance Company sponsored by the Laban Centre for Movement and Dance.* She has conducted choreographic and teaching residencies throughout the United States as well as in parts of South Africa, Mozambique, China, India, Korea, Russia, France, Italy, Ireland, and England. The projects in each country were individual initiatives by separate organizations
From 1988-1995, Davis, along with Martha Meyers, directed the American Dance Festival Professional Artist /Educator Update program. Davis is the 2012 recipient of the Florida Dance Association’s Lifetime Achievement Award in Dance, honored as a choreographer, dancer and educator.
Current creative work is focused on Arts In Other Places / Pushing the Art Form, the Arts in Healthcare, the Arts in Social Justice, and the Arts in Community Practice. These projects involve performances, choreography and teaching collaborations in traditional and non-traditional spaces and are often linked with museum exhibitions, curriculum based projects, and collaborations with architects, composers, writers and visual artists. The Sites and Insights projects coming from these moveable centers for the arts are presented in concerts and dance dialogue performances. One such project that Davis co-designed is “Excavating the Arts: A Cetamura Collaboration,” which uses as source material the artifacts and field processes of an Etruscan archeological site.
For 35 years, Davis was on the faculty of the Florida State University School of Dance of which she is Professor Emerita. She held the rank of Professor of Contemporary Dance , was Artistic Director of Dance Repertory Theatre (1985-2011) , and was honored by a named professorship, the Nellie-Bond Dickinson Professorship. Davis received the Professional Excellence Program Award for Excellence in Teaching; the Teaching Incentive Program Award; the Committee on Faculty Research Support Award; the University Teaching Award; was recognized for creative excellence by the Florida State University College of Visual Arts, Theatre and Dance.
Photo: Beverly Frick
*Laban Centre for Movement and Dance is now known as Trinity Conservatoire of Music and Dance.