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.

Tammy Dyke Compton


Tamara Dyke Compton is an Assistant Professor at the University of Arizona School of Dance. She teaches jazz, modern, choreography and team-teaches dance history. She holds an MFA from UA School of Dance, and a BFA from The Juilliard School. Tamara has performed principal roles in Twyla Tharp’s “Movin’ Out,” “Fame: The Musical,” was a former member of Aszure Barton and Artists and also danced for Peter Chu and Robert Battle. She has been on faculty at Perry-Mansfield Performing Arts Camp for seven years in Steamboat Springs Colorado. Tammy is also a proud Perry-Mansfield alumnus!




Chris Compton has had wonderful opportunities to perform on the stages of both Concert and Broadway dance. Chris has performed principal roles for Twyla Tharp in “Movin’ Out,” and the role of ‘Johnny’ in the American premiere of “Dirty Dancing.” Chris has also performed principal roles in the works of George Balanchine, Paul Taylor, and Alan Hineline. He has been on faculty at Perry-Mansfield for six years. Chris studied at Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet and holds an MFA from University of Arizona, where he is now an adjunct faculty member in the School of Dance.




Joseph Price is the Program Director for the University of Minnesota/Guthrie Theater BFA Actor Training Program. He is a founding member of A Red Orchid Theatre in Chicago and spent 11 years at the University of Missouri, Kansas City/Kansas City Rep where he was Associate Head of MFA Acting.  At the Unicorn Theatre in Kansas City, he directed Clybourne Park, the World Premiere of James Stills’ The Velvet Rut, Well,  Painted Alice,  Bright Ideas, Blue/Orange, Fuddy Meers, The Shape of Things, The Pillowman and The Lieutenant of Inishmore. He directed The Cripple of Inishmaan for Kansas City Actor’s Theatre and A Steady Rain for Riverside Theatre and the World Premiere of Wild Boy, The Musical, book by the head writer of Sesame Street, Lou Berger. He has directed numerous university productions including Uncle Vanya, Enron, Anything Goes, Present Laugher, Boesman and Lena, Tape, The Importance of Being Earnest, Polaroid Stories, Mad Forest and Killer Joe. He collaborated with Carl Wilkens to create a play based on his book I’m Not Leaving, which detailed Wilkens’ experience during the 1994 Rwandan genocide. Joe has spent 12 years on faculty at Perry-Mansfield.


NaomiBarker225x225Naomi Barker, 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.






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