Meet Our Faculty
Erin Buterbaugh has been a part of ACTS since 2000, and has performed in and/or provided choreography for ACTS shows such as Oklahoma!, Hangman’s Noose, Oliver, The Music Man, and Kilroy Was Here. She has taught ballet for Aurora Dance Arts since 2001, serving as an artistic director and contributing choreographer for productions of “The Nutcracker” and “Are We in Kansas Yet?” In 2008, Erin graduated with a BA in Professional Writing from Taylor University, where she spent three semesters as the assistant director of the Taylor Theater Organization. Taylor stage credits include Arsenic and Old Lace (Aunt Abby) and You Can’t Take it With You (Penny).
Angela Coates has been a part of Colorado ACTS since 2002. After playing her first role as a mouse in Cinderella she knew this was where she wanted to be. During her school years at ACTS she was able to explore different aspects of theater such as Costuming and Choreography. Some of her favorite acting roles include Polly Borowe in The Boyfriend, Mrs. Sourberry in Oliver!, and a Hotbox dancer in Guys and Dolls! After high school Angela costumed and acted in two Feature length Films which both won awards at the San Antonio Independent Christian Film Festival. Angela has a wide variety of interests but find that her passion for sharing theater with those around her is always a common theme. She is thrilled to be a apart of Colorado ACTS and looks forward to many more exciting years with this ministry!
Abby Dorn is a speech/language pathologist who also has a degree in theatre from the University of Denver. She has worked with Jefferson County Public schools for a very long time, helping children with communication problems and has found that dramatic play is a great tool and motivator for working on communication and social skills! She currently works in a center program for children with high functioning autism. She teaches the Shining Stars drama classes for students with special needs, and loves giving kids an opportunity to shine on stage.
Leanna started working with Colorado ACTS in 2006 with their performance of “The Man of LaMancha”. Since that time she has been the music director for their musical productions, including “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow” that required playing in the dark, and “Nunsense” where she got to speak. Leanna has a BA in Music Education, with a piano emphasis, from Adams State University in Alamosa, Colorado, and a Teaching License from the State of Colorado. She has been playing the piano since she was 5 years old.
Kathy Holden is a parent volunteer for Colorado ACTS. While she has both a B.S. and a graduate degree, but both are ancient and have nothing to do with theatre. Neither a director nor actor, Kathy comes to ACTS via her children, Kaia, Lucas & Joe Parnell, who have each enjoyed theatre at Colorado ACTS. For 20+ years Kathy’s passion has been raising her kids and loving what they do. The theatre’s profound effect on her own children, and the school’s mission to provide affordable, family friendly theatre experiences to all fuel Kathy to be involved, which now includes serving on the Board of Directors for Colorado ACTS.
Monica Mayhak received her B.S. in Applied Mathematics with minors in Economics and Computer Science from the University of Texas. Before switching to a major in math, she completed the coursework for a minor in English as well. For over 22 years, Monica has worked as a self-employed writer, developing content for websites and small publication editors. She has homeschooled all six of her children, watched several of them head off to college, and is thrilled to have a new grandbaby. She has taught math, economics, literature, history, and civics at homeschool co-ops for years and now is learning new skills in the administration of a non-profit homeschool enrichment program. Monica is thankful to be a part of the Colorado ACTS family, which has been a blessing to her children for years.
Leah Nixon, with a BA in Theater Performance from Tarkio College, has had her hand in theater for almost 40 years in one area or another. She is one of the founding directors of Colorado ACTS and has come back on board to help with various administrative duties, including email communication and registration. In addition to ACTS, she is the director of the DDRC Players, which is an acting troop for adults with developmental disabilities. She is happy to be back working with Cindy Troup and all of the other folk and students at Colorado ACTS.
Cindy Oury attended Carroll College in Waukesha, Wisconsin where she majored in Theater Arts. She has been involved in the children and adult drama ministry at Christ Community Covenant Church for 22 years. Her involvement with Colorado ACTS was launched after receiving an invitation from a friend to attend her son’s performance of Tom Sawyer. It was love-at-first-show! She enrolled her own homeschooled children and then began teaching the younger classes in 2004.
Cindy has written many of her own shows/curriculum such as Patriot Dreams, Little Patriots, Little Pioneers, Little Tall Tale Tellers, and ACT Courageous, as well as adapting for the stage Peter Pan, Robin Hood, Jungle Book and Charlotte’s Web for her week-long summer drama camps.
As Outreach Coordinator, Cindy sets up Colorado ACTS outreach performances for more than 2,500 Jefferson County students each year.
Havilah has been involved with Colorado ACTS for over 10 years. She graduated from Colorado State University with a BA in Theatre for acting and costume design, a BS in Apparel Design and Production, and an AA from Red Rocks Community College in English Literature. While studying theatre, she worked extensively on various styles of performance from classical to Comedy of Manners to modern. She was Roxanne in Cyrano de Bergerac, Miss Maudie Atkinson in To Kill a Mockingbird while at CSU, and Catherine in The Foreigner while at RRCC. Havilah then did a film acting school with The University of the Nations on the YWAM base in Kona, Hawaii. Currently, she is a ballroom dance instructor with Adventures in Dance in Littleton, and continues to audition locally for projects, both on stage and screen. She has performed in several film projects both short and feature length, and continues to try to impact the world of the performing arts as a follower of Christ.
Jenn Sharp has been involved in Theater Arts for over 35 years. She has been involved in Community theaters and Christian theaters. She is a seasoned performer, playing lead roles, supporting roles, directing, and choreography. Jenn is experienced in teaching show choirs and competitive dance teams, as well as tap, ballet, jazz, modern, and lyrical dance, and dancing with “differently abled” students ages 3-55. She is a proud mom of three amazing kids. She loves kids of all ages, and loves to teach and grow their love of theater. Jenn’s mission statement is that Everyone Can Dance especially when they dance for the Lord.
Melinda Smith Middleton
This is my first season with Colorado ACTS and I am very excited to be a part of this energetic and creative organization. After earning a bachelor’s in German from Colorado College, I raised a family and taught high school theatre in Montana. I also coached the Speech and Debate team for 12 years. I received my master’s in Theatre Design and Production from Southern Oregon University in 2008. I have acted, directed, costumed, and managed all sorts of shows including musicals, Shakespeare, absurdist, and everything in between. I’m looking forward to spending time on the stage with children of all ages.
Shannon has been involved with Colorado ACTS since 1998 as an actress and teacher/director. Over the years, she has played Laurie in Oklahoma!, Mrs. Kirby in You Can’t Take It With You and Sister Mary Leo in Nunsense. Her favorite role is as director of the 8-12 year old class – one she has enjoyed since 2005. She looks forward to many more years working with aspiring actors and actresses!
Cindy Troup has 30 years of theatre experience. She has a B.A. from Rockmont College in Secondary Education and a Teaching Certificate from Loretto Heights College in Technical Theatre. Cindy also has a Masters in Criminal Justice from the University of Colorado at Denver. Her theatre experience includes acting, pyrotechnics, directing, costuming, and lighting. Cindy played the feisty “Miss Patty” in Colorado ACTS’ production of Curious Savage, and took a stellar turn as “Lucy” in Little Orphan Girl. She has also played Sister Hubert in Nunsense and a Horse/Goose/Dancing Fish in Honk!
Porfirio Miranda-Troup:Porfirio, or Pilo as everyone knows me. I graduated from Barclay College (Haviland, KS) with a Bachelors’ degree in Business Administration in 2014. I have been working with an independent insurance agency in Wheat Ridge for a year now. I also work at Lakewood Country Club as their caddie master. I have volunteered and assistant directed for Colorado ACTS for the last year and a half since graduating from college. Before that I participated in shows and helping with lights and tech. I coach basketball for Two Roads Charter School. I love to play soccer, swing dance, and spend time with my wife Meghan, who I have been married to for two and half years. Beginning in the fall of 2015 I'll be attending Barclay colleges master degree, an online program with a concentration in transformational leadership.