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
Jennifer Golonka is a Buffalo NY native and longtime NYC resident. She had danced with the Jessica Lang Project, Hannah Khan Dance Company, Third Law Dance/Theater and currently with Thang Dao Dance Company. She has also performed with Battleworks Dance Company, Take Dance Company, Camille A. Brown and Dancers, Peter Chu’s CHU This, Darrell Grand Moultrie and Nicholas Villeneuve. Jennifer trained at the Martha Graham School for Contemporary Dance and the Limon Institute.
Her choreography and movement direction have been featured in many plays and musicals including Sunny Good Enough written by Jonathon Farmer and Nature of Captivity by Matthew Paul Olmos (Mabou Mines.) Both have recently been published. Jennifer was Co-Director/Choreographer of The Threshold Project with KC Chun-Manning in Denver Colorado and Co-Director/Choreographer of Nimbus Dance with Beth Elkins-Wales and Brad Wales in Buffalo NY. Both companies explored the relationship of collaboration, current events and site-specific work.
In 2013 Jennifer founded the Luminary Dance Project, a workshop designed to provide dancers with a comprehensive artistic education while honing their technique. These workshops happen throughout the year, across the country, at various dance centers and colleges.
She is also a Teaching Artist for Arts Connection (NYC) working on the DELLTA (Developing English Language Literacy Through the Arts) Grant. This program brings arts into the NYC public schools. She was featured in the January 2014 issue of Dance Teacher Magazine for her work on this grant. She is currently working with the Department of Education to create a curriculum to broaden this program’s reach.
Jennifer travels extensively throughout the United States, Canada and UK as a master teacher and choreographer for numerous dance centers, colleges and dance companies. She is thrilled to return to Perry-Mansfield for her 12th summer as the Director of Dance.