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.

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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.




SUMMER 2016 Artists in Residence

HeadshotPlymouth-mediumRyan Scott Oliver was called “the future of Broadway… a major new voice in musical theatre” (Entertainment Weekly). He is the winner of a Larson Grant, Rodgers Award, Lortel Award Nomination, ASCAP Harold Adamson Award, and New Musicals Awards from Weston Playhouse and Pace University. He wrote the music and lyrics for Jasper in Deadland (premiered off-Broadway and remounted at Seattle’s 5th Avenue Theatre), 35mm: A Musical Exhibition (licensed by Samuel French, original cast recording avail. on Ghostlight Records), Darling, Mrs. Sharp, Out of My Head (licensed through Steele Spring Stage Rights), as well as the commission We Foxes (Broadway Across America) among others. He was selected to open Lincoln Center’s 2016 American Songbook series. He is currently at work on the new musical Rope, a commission for Grove Entertainment. More info can be found at ryanscottoliver.com, and his morbidly optimistic musings can be followed at @ryanscottoliver.




Staceyblue (2)Stacey Tookey is a multitalented, Canadian-born director, choreographer and dancer who has worked with legendary musical artists such as Celine Dion, Bette Midler, Paula Abdul, Justin Timberlake and Michael Bublé. She performed as a member of Mia Michaels’ cutting edge dance company R.A.W., Parsons Dance Project, Ballet British Columbia , ChuThis and the Houston Grand Opera’s Carmen. Stacey worked as resident choreographer and guest judge on CTV’s hit So You Think You Can Dance– Canada, before being hired for the U.S. version of the show, where her passionate pieces for the past 7 seasons have earned her three consecutive Emmy nominations. Her dance company, STILL MOTION, celebrated its sold-out world premiere of “Moments Defined” in November 2012 in Los Angeles and continued to sell out houses in NYC and long Beach though 2014.This past August, the company preformed for a sold out crowd at the prestigious Jacobs Pillow Dance Festival. She is excited to be choreographing the brand new original musical entitled “Dancer” opening Spring 2016 in Toronto at the beautiful Elgin Theatre. Stacey is honored to have been invited to Perry Mansfield for this residency. She is excited to share with the college program and create new work for STILL MOTION. More information about Stacey can be found on staceytookey.com