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Parent Volunteers, Community Volunteers, Team Leaders, student leadership, and our Directorial Team

Parent and Community Volunteers:

Each season, families and volunteers get involved in the Starz Theater Company (STC) process and build community.  These individuals discover new friendships and connect with the many other families on a similar journey of raising creative individuals with a passion for the stage.  Many parents enjoy this outlet for their own creative or administrative gift mix as they directly benefit their own children's efforts.  Our Company also benefits on many levels. Students enjoy the involvement and input of others and families draw closer as they work together to produce a show of excellence for our community.  The creative process is also strengthened as additional ideas are brought to the table and often implemented.  Parent Expectations are outlined in the Student/Parent Contract students receive with their email placement offer in July.  Families are asked to prayerfully consider where they can give their time and talents.  Our families and volunteers really are the "secret ingredient" that helps with many details of production. 

Team Work:

Parents, volunteers and students have the option of joining the Team of their choice where their gift mix can best be utilized. For some, that means working throughout the season.  For others, show month and weekends are their best window of opportunity.  Either way, volunteers are asked to identify where they can give and make an investment in our cast and production.  Our Teams include:  Set Design and Construction, Costume Design and Production, Props, Hospitality, Dressing Rooms, Ticket Sales, Ad Sales and Program Production, Technical and Show Month Volunteer Opportunities.

Team Leads:

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There are some who step into the role of Team Leadership to serve our directorial team in a very hands on way.  Individuals interested in Team Leadership must have experience serving/volunteering for Starz Theater Company at least 1 season and demonstrate the ability to work with our directorial team, students, families and build unity through all their efforts.  These individuals are the hub of communication for their team, assist in moving the overall vision forward, coordinate work days, manage team efforts, and provide leadership throughout the process of bringing our shows to the stage.  Team Leads are chosen by our Directorial Team on an individual basis.

Student Leadership:

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In recent years, STC has added an additional layer to our leadership structure.  This layer is represented by our student leaders.  These consist of our Dance Captain, Worship Captain, Student Assistants, and Interns.  The Dance Captain role is focused on assisting Choreographers during all rehearsals.  The Worship Captain serves our Vocal Director and leads a small group of students as they lead the times of worship for our Cast.  The Dance Captain and Worship Captain roles are by invitation only from the Directorial Team.  It is based on experience with our company, training, skills, character, integrity, and leadership qualities.  These students are Cast Members.  Student Assistants and Interns work directly with our Directorial Team and Team Leads.  These students forego the Cast experience and focus on servant leadership during rehearsals and the performance.  These students lead the charge in demonstrating how to be a voice of encouragement and strength for others while giving their time to serve in a variety of capacities.  SA's and Interns are required to be at rehearsals and performances, and have the privilege of joining strategic leadership meetings with Team Leads. Along the way, there are various opportunities that will arise for students to step out and into roles of leadership.  We invite creativity and ideas into this process.  Our Dance Captain, Worship Captain, Student Assistants, and Interns are one more way that STC is investing in, training, and "inspiring future leaders in the Arts & beyond"! 


Tina Cook

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STC Executive Producer

OWNER- Turning Pointe School of Dance

In the fall of 2004, Tina founded Turning Pointe School of Dance to share her joy for dancing and teach students how to use their gifting to bring glory to their Creator.  Tina knew this was the beginning step for a bigger vision which would include additional outlets for students of varied creative passions.  In 2013, she and Heather Rider (STARZ first Director) came together to launch a new creative arm of Turning Pointe School of Dance.  STARZ was born to give students who enjoyed the art of combining dance, singing and acting into a masterpiece on stage.  STARZ was designed around a seasonal concept consisting of 5-6 months of training then producing a full scale stage production.  In addition, students get a piece that is unique to the STARZ vision.  Students engage in weekly devotionals and learn the practicalities of how to integrate faith and talent to touch others through the powerful venue of the arts.  In its first year, STARZ was a huge success thanks to our students, parents, volunteers and director. 


Carmen Swank

STC Producer

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Carmen graduated from Oral Roberts University in 1992 with a BA in Communication Arts and a minor in Vocal Performance.  While preparing for her first mission trip in 1989, Carmen discovered her love for the performing arts as her team trained for dramatic presentations during their 2 1/2 month stay in Central America.  Over the last 30 years, Carmen has been involved in dramatic presentations in Nicaragua, Costa Rica, India, Belize, and Guatemala and has trained teams going to the nations from churches in Tulsa, OK and Colorado Springs, CO, as well as Sterling College – Sterling, KS.  In 1994, Carmen stepped into large scale stage productions for the first time.  She discovered a new side of the arts that brought even more joy and fulfillment.  Carmen has been involved with directing, producing, and even script writing for stage presentations of all sizes, themes, and for various venues.  These have been enjoyed by audiences from 50 to tens of thousands.  Since 2014, Carmen has served as the Producer of Starz Theater Company (a division of Turning Pointe School of Dance) in Colorado Springs, CO.  Each season, her primary focus is to lead their 60+ students and their families through an intentional process of theatrical production, personal development of "why's" and building community. Carmen is passionate for the performing arts, missions, family and mentoring the next generation of artists.  Carmen recently celebrated 25 years of marriage to her college sweetheart, Todd, and together they have the joy of parenting five children. 


Laura Bergen

Starz Creative DIRECTOR

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Laura was born and raised in Wichita, KS. She graduated from Friends University in 2007 with a degree in Music Theater. Since childhood, Laura has had a desire to create dances - specifically for theater. During her college training, God breathed life into this dream and Laura began her career as a choreographer. Over the past 12 years, she has been a Director, Choreographer, and Production Assistant in theater settings ranging from large-scale productions to small summer camps. Most recently, she served as Choreographer for Forestgate Community Theatre, where she had the honor of choreographing two of her dream shows: Fiddler on the Roof and Mary Poppins. In addition to her work in theater, Laura has also been teaching dance since 2007 and truly cherishes every chance she has to nurture and grow a love of dance in a young child. In 2008, Laura and her husband, Justin, were privileged to be a part of the core team that founded Christian Youth Theatre Wichita. This experience tremendously impacted Laura and fueled her passion for providing youth with the opportunity to learn and perform in a God-honoring environment. She is thrilled to be joining the Starz program and looks forward to making new memories! Laura and her husband have been married for 12 years and they share 4 precious little boys (future Newsies).


Sierra Pearson

STC Music Director

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Sierra was born and raised in the Boise, Idaho area. She graduated from Dordt College in 2012 with a degree in music education. She has been involved in theater since she was 7 years old, and has loved singing since she was in 8 th grade. She has been casted in many shows including My Fair Lady; Hello, Dolly; Aladdin, Jr., and Fiddler on the Roof. In 2016, she directed the music for Mary Poppins with Forestgate Community Theater in Colorado Springs. With over 10 years of teaching private voice lessons and directing choirs, Sierra is very excited to step into the role of Music Director for Starz Community Theater. She believes with all her heart in the power of musical theater to reach the hearts and souls of students and their community. She also believes God created music and the arts to heal, restore, and grow his children to be more like Christ. In her first season with Starz, Sierra is hoping to learn and grow as she instills passion, humility, and integrity into the lives of her students. Sierra and her husband, Josh, have been married for seven years and love to hike, read, and sing with their two young children.


Moriah Swank

Starz ASSISTANT choreographer

and STARZ Rizing Director

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Moriah has been dancing for 15 years. She has trained in and performed ballet, tap, hip-hop, contemporary, lyrical worship, modern, musical theatre, jazz, swing and pointe. After a senior year of exposure to lots of new dance styles and open doors in many settings, including performing as Cinderella in Starz Theatre Company’s Cinderella: The Musical, she is excited to be pursuing a major in Elementary Education and a minor in Dance at The University of Colorado, Colorado Springs. Moriah has had the privilege of choreographing for Turning Pointe, local churches, local Christian artist Jared Anderson, Starz Theatre Company, and mission teams that have been sent to Guatemala and El Salvador. She has travelled internationally, performing across Central America and teaching others to use this gift and talent for the Father’s glory, including a summer that she taught dance and English at a 750+ student school in the mountains of El Salvador. Moriah has had the opportunity to learn underneath many teachers and participate in conventions such as Dance Revolution and Project Dance. She has also performed in Times Square as a part of Project Dance’s outreach.  She is so thankful to have been a student at Turning Pointe for 12 years and she is grateful for all she has learned from the teachers and students alike. Moriah’s goal as a dancer, choreographer, and teacher is to inspire performers and audiences alike to embrace the power of the arts to transform lives for the Kingdom. Miss Moriah looks forward to a new season of working with your Starz Rizing students! 


Emma Grover

STARZ Rizing Tier 2 Director

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Emma has been performing in and around Colorado Springs for thirteen years. She has performed in a wide variety of roles, shows, and settings, from the ENT Center stage to small church theater, to schools and churches and streets while doing ministry in El Salvador. She has trained in acting and technical theater, vocal performance, and many styles of dance, including Broadway jazz and musical theater, tap, hip-hop, modern, contemporary, and ballroom. After spending time as a student assistant in Starz Rizing, as well as many years as a teacher's assistant and a year-long internship at Turning Pointe School of Dance, she knew that she wanted to pursue teaching, choreographing, and directing, and she is thrilled to be joining the STC team! She is excited to currently be pursuing a degree in Elementary Education, as well as teaching dance and acting at Turning Pointe School of Dance and co-directing Aflame Dance Ministry. Emma is deeply passionate about the performing arts as an act of worship and a tool for ministry. Having performed in her own acting debut at five years old, she particularly loves helping young children to discover their voices through the arts and watching them learn how to use those voices for a purpose. She aims to shout her student's worth, aid them in discovering their identity, and teach them how to ultimately bring glory to and share the love of their Creator with every line, note, step, and breath.


Tonya Hayden

STC Stage Manager

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Tonya was a very ‘theatrical’ child who loved to dance and sing around the house. She started dancing when she was 6. After high school she dabbled in musical theater by taking a few acting classes in college, being in a local rendition of Grease, and a church melodrama. After college Tonya took a job traveling for a few months at a time coordinating all aspects of live events. It was then she learned she thrived behind the scenes. With over 10 years in event management, she loves all the moving parts and making the little things happen so others can do the big things.


 
 
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