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

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Emily Tarquin is overjoyed to be spending her 13th summer at Perry-Mansfield 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 for the Performing Arts Theatre Company and within that role contributes as Casting Associate, New Play Coordinator, and Producing Curator of Off-Center; the DCPA’s theatrical testing center dedicated to experimentation, advancement, and 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 fourth season, Emily has curated over 15 new works. She is currently directing a show she originated called DRAG MACHINE which is getting its second run at the DCPA.Emily also 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 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.


Director of Dance

Jen_GolonkaJennifer 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 returning to Perry-Mansfield for her 12th season and is thrilled to be the newly named Director of Dance.


Equestrian Faculty Head

Naomi Barker

 Naomi 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.







Production Manager/Technical Director

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Greg Griffin is excited to return to Perry-Mansfield for his third summer, and second summer as the Head of Production/Sound Designer.  Greg received his Master of Fine Arts degree from Western Illinois University in Theatrical Design and Technology. Greg owns and operates his own freelance design and production business in Steamboat Springs, CO,  called Alpine Theatrical, LLC.   His company provides services ranging from consultation, special event design and DJ-ing, lighting/audio rental, installation, and repair, as well as theatre production design. Greg previously worked as a faculty member of the theatre program at the University of Findlay.  He has designed lighting, scenery, and sound professionally for theatrical venues across the country, including The Wagon Wheel Theatre, The Chicago Academy for the Arts, The Dubuque Grand Opera House, The Heartland Festival, Summerstock at The University of Findlay, and The Town and Gown Players in West Virginia.  Greg is also the Chair of Design Technology and Management for Region II of The Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival.




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Amy Mihyang Ginther is a US actor, writer, and voice/acting coach. She is the founder and owner of Vocal Contextand has lived, taught, and performed in the US, UK (Edinburgh Fringe), Argentina, Czech Republic, Ireland, and South Korea. Amy currently has clients from all over the world as she teaches both in person in Seoul and remotely via Skype. Amy has her MA in Voice Studies (Distinction) from the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama in London and her BFA (Honors) in Performance from Hofstra University and has has guest lectured at Kookmin, Cheongju, and Sungkyunkwan University in Seoul.



ANTONIO BROWN, DANCEantoniobrown225x225

Antonio Brown is a native of Cleveland, Ohio, where he began his dance training at the Cleveland School of the Arts and received his BFA from The Juilliard School in 2007 under the direction of Lawrence Rhodes. While there, he had the opportunity to perform works by Jose Limon, Ohad Naharin, Jiri Kylian, Eliot Feld, Aszure Barton, Jessica Lang, Susan Marshall, Larry Keigwin, among others. Mr. Brown has also worked with many companies and artist throughout New York City including Camille A. Brown & Dancers, Gregory Dolbashian’s “The Dash Ensemble”, Malcolm Low/Formal Structure, Stephen Pier, Nilas
Martins Dance Company, Damage Dance and Sidra Bell Dance New York.

Since 2007 Antonio been a member of the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company. In addition to working with BTJ/AZ, Mr. Brown has choreographed works for Verb Ballets, August Wilson Center Dance Ensemble, The Juilliard Dance Ensemble , Cleveland School of the Arts, Stivers School for the Arts, Perry-Mansfield Performing Arts School and Camp, and various other schools and intensives across the Country. Mr. Brownʼs work has also been showcased during NYCʼs Central Park Summer Stage, Center for Performance Research, Tanzania, Africa; The Isle of Wight, UK and was the featured guest for the Friends of Cleveland School of the Arts fundraising GALA in 2010. Most recently Antonio was commissioned to create a new work for the Perry-Mansfield Performing Arts School and
Camp Centennial Celebration in 2013 and was invited to share several works in Young Soon Kimʼs Dumbo Dance Festival and Wave Rising Series. Brown is so grateful to be creating art that means so much to him and looks forward to sharing his gifts and talents around the world.



JOE PRICE, THEATREjoeprice225x225

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 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. This is Joe’s 11th summer at Perry-Mansfield.



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Jon Hamblin’s childhood included diverse locations such as Boston, New York City, The Mojave desert, Haiti and Kauai. The eldest son of a physician, Hamblin also served with the Peace Corps in Belize. A graduate of Kauai High School, he has a BA in psychology and an MFA in printmaking, both from the University of Hawaii, Manoa. He has been a visual arts instructor at Mid-Pacific Institute since 1985.
Hamblin’s paintings are found on both traditional and non-traditional surfaces. Characteristic of his work is his blending of color, words and neo-primitive imagery. An avid cyclist and body surfer, he sometimes finds inspiration in discarded materials he finds on the side of the road.  Hamblin’s work is in private and public collections in Hawaii and the mainland.




Maya Taylor is a New Orleans based choreographer and dancer. She is the founder of Maya Taylor Dance, a contemporary dance project created in May 2012. She has studied at Ballet West Conservatory, The Ailey School, Jacob’s Pillow and is a graduate of the Ailey/Fordham BFA Program. Shortly after receiving her degree Taylor joined Elisa Monte Dance and for several years performed throughout the United States and Europe. During her time with the company, The New York Times called the dancers of Elisa Monte “a performing tour de force.” She has held residencies at both Creighton University and with University of Nebraska at Omaha’s The Moving Company. In 2012, her work La Dispute was performed at Regional Dance America’s 2012 National Festival in Montreal. Taylor was chosen to choreograph a large scale piece for Omaha Performing Arts’ The Rite Returns festival in February 2013 and her solo One Thousand and One was chosen as DANCE Magazine’s Video of the Month in their August 2013 issue. Maya will make her UK debut as a choreographer and performer at the launch of Let’s Dance International Frontiers in April 2015. She is currently the rehearsal director and resident choreographer for the Marigny Opera House Dance Company in New Orleans.





Philip Hernández is the only man in Broadway history to have played both Jean Valjean and Inspector Javert in Les Miserables.  He made his Broadway debut in the Original Cast of the Tony Award-winning Kander and Ebb musical Kiss of the Spider Woman, directed by Harold Prince.  In Kiss, he created the role of Esteban and later went on to play the impassioned revolutionary Valentin in London’s West End and on Broadway.  Philip also created the role of the Reverend Gonzalez opposite Marc Anthony and Ruben Blades in the Original Cast of Paul Simon’s The Capeman.  He starred as Rico in the National Tour of Barry Manilow’s Copacabana, played Juan Peron in Harold Prince’s 25th Anniversary North American Tour of EVITA and starred in the World Premier of Jose Cruz Gonzalez’ play Sunsets and Margaritas at the Denver Center For The Performing Arts.  Last season he played “Joe in the New York City Center Encores’s production of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Pipe Dream. He just completed a successful run in Wajdi Mouawad’s award-winning play, Scorched at Syracuse Stage.

Philip has been featured on the hit television series Hostages, ElemeNtarY, Person of Interest, Ugly Betty, Damages, Made in Jersey and Law and Order.  He played attorney Enrico Alvarez on ABC’s All My Children and was featured on the daytime dramas One Life To Live, Loving and Another World.  Philip can also be seen in the recently released independent feature film The Normals.

On the concert stage he has worked with the New York Philharmonic under the baton of Leonard Bernstein, Robert Shaw and Zubin Mehta, and with Symphony orchestras throughout the United States. “Jazz Review” called the release of his Latin-Jazz CD, The beat of my heart, “A gift from the heart from one of America’s great voices.”

As a private coach in NYC, Philip prepares students for auditioning and working in today’s professional theatre by helping them develop an individual, healthy, flexible vocal technique Mr. Hernández has been a faculty member at New York’s American Musical and Dramatic Academy (AMDA), NYU’s Cap 21 program and Colorado’s Perry-Mansfield School.  He teaches master classes and workshops at theatres and universities across North America and has a degree in Theatre and Educational Psychology from the State University of New York.  He studied acting under the tutelage of legendary teachers Stella Adler and Larry Moss.

His most important role is being “daddy” to his sixteen-year-old daughter, Mariah.



richliccardo225x225Richard Liccardo is very much looking forward to returning for a second summer with Perry-Mansfield. Before his time as a Teaching Artist with the Denver Center Theatre Academy, Richard spent many years on three different continents teaching acting as a craft, as well as theatre games, techniques, and public dramas as a means to address social and cultural issues. For the past four years Richard has been the voice of the Colorado tourism, and as such can’t wait to return.  He is a graduate of the University of Evansville and the National Theatre Conservatory.  Originally from the Chicagoland area, Richard is now an actor and teacher living in Los Angeles.





Sarah Kirwin is excited to return to Perry-Mansfield for her second summer. She has taught and performed improvisational theater for sixteen years at numerous theaters including the Denver Center for the Performing Arts (DCPA) and Bovine Metropolis Theater. She performs and teaches improv nationally and has made many TV appearances. Sarah helped create and performs in a recurring show at the DCPA called CULT FOLLOWING which is a long form fully improvised show with costumes, lights, scenic elements, sound, and projection. She applies improv to theatre and expands an actors ability to listen, respond, and be present.




Stuart Sanks is thrilled to return to Perry-Mansfield for another summer.  As an actor, Mr. Sanks has been seen on many stages in Colorado including The Denver Center Theatre Company, Curious Theatre, The Arvada Center, and Buntport. Some favorite roles include Joe in ANGELS IN AMERICA (Hunger Artists), Roger in MAPLE AND VINE (Curious), Larry in BURN THIS (TOB) and Valentin in KISS OF THE SPIDER WOMAN (El Centro Su Teatro).  Mr. Sanks created DRAG MACHINE with fellow P-M staffer Emily Tarquin for Off-Center at the Jones. In addition to performing, he has taught acting skills and created original works with students at The Denver Center Theatre Academy, The Arvada Center, Kaiser Permanente, and currently at The Studio School.




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Yin Yue is a versatile performer and choreographer. Born and raised in China, she studied classical ballet technique, Chinese classical and folk dance at Shanghai Dance School, where she received rigorous training in all aspects of the technically demanding and highly structured Chinese dance. She continued her education at Shanghai Normal University and by the end of her university training she had appeared in many festivals and dance competitions throughout China. In 2005, she was ranked among the top ten performers in the National Dance Competition in Yunnan. Frustrated with rigidity of Chinese dance education system and told that with her petite frame she could never be a professional dancer, she moved to New York City to pursue MFA in contemporary dance at New York University’s Tisch School of The Arts.


After graduating with a MFA in dance in 2008, she quickly started to gained attention as a highly original performer and choreographer among peers. Besides the sensual and precise contemporary movement quality,Yin recently became fascinated with Mongolia and Tibet folk dance, incorporated them with contemporary dance technique and created a brand new movement style titled “FoCo”. The movement is driven by the rhythm, grounded on the feet, airy on the arms and circular on the body with strong tribal essence. The unique movement features rocking by alternating the weight on the feet, dragging in circular motion with toes trailing on the ground behind, tilting and leaning with ribcage moved outside of center gravity. All these characteristic features are transformed by Yin’s individual sensitivity and expressive approach and became the inspiration and root material for her own, very personal style, in which she strives to achieve combination of grace, and effortless and strong physical power in which she finds harmony and balance. You don’t dance to be able to find out how you feel, you dance when there is so much power and feeling in you, you just have to stand up and move. – says Yin about her approach. The main themes of her work are emotional experiences, conflicts and relationships in all their complexity (as recognized and awarded by such organizations as Northwest Dance Project 5th Annual Pretty Creatives International Choreographic Competition in 2013 and finalist at The A.W.A.R.D. Show 2010!, presented by New York’s The Joyce Theater Foundation)


Yin Yue is also Artistic Director of Jiangxi Zhongshan Dance School. Founded in 1996 and located in Nanchang in Jiangxi province in China, the school is the only private-run educational organization ranked among top Chinese professional dance schools. Its curriculum includes a 6-year Chinese dance and ballet program. In 2014, the school has joined forces with YYDC and presented an evening length dance production in which contemporary dance shared stage with Chinese traditional dance.