Coleen Kehl is the Executive and Artistic Director of Stoughton Center for the Performing Arts, Inc. and Stage Works Projects, Inc. She has studied dance since 1953 at her family’s studio, the Kehl School of Dance, Wisconsin Ballet Company, Stone-Camryn Ballet Chicago, Gus Giordano Jazz Company, Joe Tremaine in Los Angeles, Gelsey Kirkland, Barishnikov’s partner, has trained at the Chicago National Association of Dance Masters since 1962 and with a multitude of world renowned dance educators and performers throughout the country. Coleen danced with Ballet Russe De Monte Carlo as “Clara” in The Nutcracker Ballet and with the Wisconsin Ballet Company under the direction of Tibor Zana. The Kehl Family has the oldest dance studio in the country having trained dancers since 1880. She teaches master classes in classical ballet, pointe, jazz, tap, lyrical, hula and musical theater. Coleen’s diverse musical theater background includes acting, dancing, singing, direction, and costume design with organizations in Madison, Wisconsin, Chicago, Illinois, and Los Angeles, California. Coleen has choreographed full-length ballets such as The Nutcracker, Drakula, Christmas Carol and Peter Pan Ballet, regional and national award-winning competition pieces since 1989 as founder of the Stoughton Center for the Performing Arts, Inc. Dance Company and many theatrical productions including Brigadoon, West Side Story, Sweet Charity, Music Man, Wizard of Oz, Bye Bye Birdie, The Mikado, Once Upon A Mattress, Fiddler On The Roof, Pump Boys & Dinettes, 42nd Street, Anything Goes, Guys and Dolls, and The Sound of Music. 2016 brings a celebration of 47 years of teaching and choreographing. Coleen is a member of Wisconsin Dance Council and has recently become a judge at dance competitions around the US. She is the 2011 recipient of the Wisconsin Dance Council’s Lifetime Achievement Award held in September, 2011 at Overture Center in Madison.
Dance Department Faculty
Shawna began her training at the age of three under the direction of Sharon Butler at Westside Performing Arts in Madison, WI studying ballet, tap, jazz, lyrical, hip hop, and contemporary. Her performance and competition expertise continued throughout the United States as well as Europe, and at the age of 15 she was chosen to join the touring dance company ‘Stagestruck Productions’ which included performance tours in Denmark, Russia, and Alaska. Shawna spent summers training at the Joe Tremaine studios in Los Angeles, CA and competed at a regional and national level winning in multiple disciplines of dance. She has trained under Joe Tremaine, Marcea Lane, Tony Coppolla, Doug Caldwell, Mia Michaels, Wade Robinsons, Dave Carter, and Jamie King. Shawna was on the faculty of Studio One in Madison for a number of years prior to its closing, and is qualified to teach multiple disciplines of dance to all ages and levels.
Tera began her training at Stoughton Center for the Performing Arts in 1996 and continued through her senior year of high school. During that time she was a member of the Dance Company and trained in the highest pre-professional level of classes in Ballet, Pointe, Jazz, Tap, Lyrical and Contemporary. As part of her continued training she studied in Chicago with many professional teachers on the faculty of Chicago National Association of Dance Masters, Tremaine Dance Conventions and L.A. Dance Magic, to name a few.
During Tera’s time on the Stoughton Center for the Performing Arts Dance Company she danced in Atlanta when the Company was invited to perform at the Jazz-on-Tap convention.
She was the Assistant Coach for Madison Technical College Dance Team in 2004-2005. Tera danced with the MiraCosta College Touring Ensemble 2013-2014. She was the founder of the Dance Education Scholarship at MiraCosta College in 2014.
Originally from Clinton, Iowa, Catherine began her dance training at the age of 3 under the direction of Linda Luckstead at Carousel School of Dance. At the age of 13 she became a soloist with the Gateway Contemporary Ballet Company performing as Alice in Alice in Wonderland, Princess Aurora and the Diamond Fairy in Sleeping Beauty, and a step-sister in Cinderella. She received a ballet scholarship from Fhinis Jhung and David Howard in NYC and attended Philadelphia College of Performing Arts.
Catherine was the owner and Artistic Director of Catherine’s Center of Dance in Scottsdale, AZ from 1995-2009. She has choreographed for high school musicals and the “Make a Wish Ball”. She is a guest choreographer for the Gateway Contemporary Ballet Company in Iowa and a member of the Chicago National Association of Dance Masters, where she holds a certificate of Dance Education. Catherine has participated in and won a Ballroom and Latin dance competition at a bronze level. She has three daughters and a son and is very excited to bring her love for dance and teaching to the Stoughton Center for the Performing Arts.
(Miss Britton is currently on a temporary leave of absence.) Originally from Janesville, WI, Britton began her dance training at the age of two and a half under the direction of Cheryl Schmidt. At the age of 15, she joined the Rockford Ballet Company’s production of the Nutcracker and began taking lessons at The Dance Department under the direction of Ted Jackson. She was the National Dance Alliance All-American 1996. From 1997 to 1999 she was a member of the Midwest Movement Dance Company also under the direction of Ted Jackson. During that time, she traveled all over the country performing, competing and taking classes from well-renowned choreographers such as Ray Leaper, Mia Michaels, Alex Mango and Wade Robson. Britton was a member of Attitudes from 2001-2004, an award winning performance company and competition team under the direction of Tanya Adkins. She has trained in New York City at the Broadway Dance Center with Tony award winning choreographer Michelle Assaf and at Lou Conte, the studio of the Hubbard Street Dancers in Chicago. She began her teaching career in 1997 at Dance Attitudes, Beaujangles, and Mirror Image Dance Academy. Britton is ecstatic to be part of the Stoughton Center for the Performing Arts, and looks forward to passing along all of her knowledge and experiences to others.
Natalie began her dance training in 1978 and her music training in 1979. She has studied extensively in ballet, tap, jazz, modern, lyrical, and pointe as well as piano, voice, and flute. She graduated magna cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts in Arts Management and was granted numerous awards throughout high school and college, including the illustrious National Arion Award for music. She has studied dance and music around the country with renowned artists, choreographers, and companies including Joffrey Ballet and Boston Ballet for dance and James Galway for flute. Her performance credits include lead roles in The Nutcracker, Music Man, Bye Bye Birdie, Rented Christmas, The Marvelous Wonderettes, and Winter Wonderettes as well as supporting roles in West Side Story, Sweet Charity, Scheherazade, and many other productions. Over the course of her career she has taught ages 3 to adult and filled the roles of assistant producer, producer, music director, assistant director, marketing manager, assistant choreographer, choreographer, and director. Natalie has choreographed award winning regional and national competition pieces for Stoughton Center for the Performing Arts Dance Company and has had numerous dance and music students continue professionally as performers and directors around the country. She taught for SCPA from 1996 through 2005 and is absolutely thrilled to be back to continue teaching and sharing her knowledge and love of the performing arts.
Music Department Faculty
We would like to thank Nancy for her many years teaching at SCPA – she will be missed!
Nancy is an accomplished vocal and piano teacher. She has a degree from the University of Minnesota and studied piano pedagogy at Edgewood College. She has done extensive work with various local theater groups with Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves, Dorothy and the Wizard of Oz, Brigadoon, Anything Goes, and Once Upon a Mattress. She is experienced in classical, pop, musical, and standard vocal repertoires.
In Loving Memory ~
February 9, 1982 ~ August 10, 2012
Kathryn received her Master of Music in Vocal Performance at UW-Madison. She has performed with StageWorks Projects, Inc, Madison Opera, Philharmonic Chorus, UW concert Chorus, and internationally with solo performances in Italy and Austria.
Robin teaches guitar and piano – bio coming soon!
Drama Department Faculty
Mary-Carel Verden majored in Theatre with an emphasis in Costume and Make-up Design at UW-Stevens Point and her theater experience includes acting, directing, costume design, and production in Madison, Stoughton, Minneapolis, Los Angeles, and Chicago. Most recently, Mary-Carel directed Oliver! The Musical for StageWorks Projects and is the Dramatic Director for Drakula: The Performance, A Christmas Carol Ballet, and The Nutcracker.
Mary-Carel heads the Drama Program at the Stoughton Center for the Performing Arts, serves on the Board of Directors for StageWorks Projects, is President of the Stoughton Opera House Board, and was one of the Head Coaches for the award-winning Forensics Team at Stoughton High School. She owns Grote Publishing, a communications design and marketing firm, and has wide ranging experience with design and photography for local and national clients including magazine, catalog, and exhibit work.
Stephanie is the Business Manager at the Stoughton Center for the Performing Arts, Inc. and Stage Works Projects, Inc. She comes from a very creative background; exploring acting, painting, drawing, pottery, photography, etc. Those explorations landed her at the Harrington Institute for Interior Design in Chicago, IL. Always looking to be challenged she has been employed by ReMax, Walter E. Smithe Furniture and others; where she has maintained inventory controls, management of personnel, the design of showroom floors and much more. Stephanie is very excited to answer your questions and help make the Stoughton Center for the Performing Arts feel like home.