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

NaomiBarker225x225 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 is a native Cleveland, Ohio, where he began his dance
training at the Cleveland School of the Arts and received his BFA from The
Juilliard School. While there, he had the opportunity to perform works
by Jose Limon, Ohad Naharin, Jiri Kylian, Eliot Feld, Aszure Barton,
Jessica Lang, SusanMarshall, 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 and Sidra Bell Dance New York. Antonio is currently in his 8th season with the Bill T. Jones/ArnieZane Dance Company, in addition to presenting his own work around the country. Mr. Brown has choreographed works for Verb Ballets, August Wilson Center Dance Ensemble, The Juilliard Dance Ensemble , Lehigh Valley Dance Exchange “LVDE”, Cleveland School of the Arts, Stivers School for the Arts, Perry Mansfield Performing Arts School and Camp, Theatre Askew and various other schools and intensives across the country. Mr. 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.





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 premier of “Dirty Dancing.” Chris has performed principal roles in the works of George Balanchine, Paul Taylor, and Alan Hineline. He has been on faculty at Perry Mansfield Performing Arts Camp for five years. Chris studied at Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet and holds an MFA from University of Arizona.


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