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Director of Education & Outreach

Voice & Musical Theatre

Dominic Dowdy-Windsor is glad to be part of the Stages Performing Arts Academy family. Having studied music education and musical theatre and being recognized through several awards and commendations, Dominic enjoys bringing his knowledge from both the classroom and the stage to his students.  The true joy comes from watching the excitement and hard work of his students in performances and in class.  In 2018, Dominic had the honor of being nominated for a Grammy Award for Teaching Artist of the Year.  Having performed in over 40 musical productions, tours, and concerts, Dominic takes the lessons he has learned from his real life experiences in the arts, and uses them to help prepare the next generation of musical theatre performers.  With the work that is done through STAGES Performing Arts Academy and the legendary quality of STAGES productions, there was nowhere else he could imagine himself.  As the Director of Education & Outreach, Dominic is excited and humbled at the journey that lays before.  With the amazing talented performers that have grown in the academy, he will give 100% of himself into continuing the legacy that is Stages Performing Arts Academy.



Assistant Director of Education & Outreach

Acting & Musical Theatre

Originally from St. Louis, Amanda is not only thrilled to be in her home state for the first time doing what she loves, but also thrilled to join the STAGES team. Amanda, a graduate of The University of Northern Colorado, was last seen in Denver in “Mary Poppins” as Ms. Andrew. Other favorite credits include the National and International tour of “The Great American Trailer Park Musical” (Jeannie), vocal soloist for the Colorado Symphony Orchestra’s “An Evening with Gershwin” conducted by the late Marvin Hamlisch, Yitzak in “Hedwig and the Angry Inch”, Amy in “Company”, and Linda in “The Wedding Singer” directed by Mandy Moore (LaLa Land and SYTYCD choreographer). Amanda also had the privilege of teaching acting, musical theater, and audition techniques at Denver School of the Arts as well as a musical theater judge for the Colorado State Thespian Convention. She looks forward to not only introducing students to the wonderful world of theater, but also helping each student realize that their goals and dreams are reachable and achievable.



Outreach Coordinator

Dance & Musical Theatre

Katie is very honored and excited to be the Outreach Coordinator at STAGES Performing Arts Academy.  She started her career in southern California, dancing for Disneyland and cheering for the LA Rams while receiving her Associates Degree with an emphasis in Musical Theater from Cypress College and continuing to Long Beach State with a BFA in Dance.  She was chosen to continue her education in a specialized program encompassing all aspects of Musical Theater through the Disney Entertainment Arts Program/South Coast Rep, while performing on the Queen Mary and Spruce Goose.  She has appeared at venues such as the Candlelight Pavilion Dinner Theater, The Fireside Dinner Theater, Music Theater West, Downey Civic Light Opera, La Mirada Civic Light Opera and the El Capitan Theater.  She has performed as a Singer/Dancer through Anita Mann Productions, on Holland America and Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines.  She has also performed in Japan for Tokyo Disneyland, Sanrio Puroland and Huis Ten Bosch.

After leaving Southern California she moved to New York City to continue pursuing her career where she studied under scholarship at Steps on Broadway, Broadway Dance Center and CAP 21: Tisch School of the Arts at NYU.  Other experience includes the role of the “Company” waitress for a year on The Guiding Light, a national Tour of Blues Clues Live, the Live Premier of Moulin Rouge at the Ziegfield Theatre, and as the Teaching Artist/Choreographer for Camp Broadway in NYC.


PAUL CEREGHINO –  Voice, Acting & Musical Theatre

Paul Cereghino is a performer, pianist and arts educator based in St. Louis.   Locally he has worked with Shakespeare Festival, Max & Louie, Young Liars, St. Louis Actors Studio, Metro Theater, Mustard Seed and others.  He also performs and accompanies his own solo cabarets.  He played his second concert at the Sheldon last spring.   He also works for Parkway North High School as their choir accompanist, and has music directed for numerous companies and schools.  Paul also composes music; his original work was featured in Young Liars’ recent production of Titus Androgynous.  He is developing an original play with music that will be featured alongside the Rooming House Plays in the 2018 Tennessee Williams Theatre Festival. Paul has a BFA in Theater Arts from Boston University.


PAULA STOFF DEAN – Voice & Musical Theatre

Paula has been teaching at STAGES since 2004. She studied tap, jazz, and ballet at Gerri Stretz Academy, Jazz at the Dance Studio in Kirksville MO and St. Louis Academy of Dance, and Tap with Julia Peterson in Kirksville MO and at St. Louis Academy of Dance. Paula received her BA in Music, MA in Music Education, and MA in Vocal Performance from Truman State University where she was the assistant director and choreographer for their premiere show choir and taught private lessons and voice class for the university. Paula has taught K-5 music and middle school choir and musical theatre as well as musical theatre at various dance studios and performing arts academies in the St. Louis area. Her students have appeared in Opera Theatre St. Louis, The MUNY, and Stages St. Louis. Paula continues to perform for various theatre companies in St. Louis including Six Flags St. Louis, The Non Prophet Theatre Company, Stray Dog Theatre, and Dramatic License Theatre.


EVANN DE-BOSE – Outreach

Evann De-Bose is a native of St. Louis, MO. She received her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Theatre Arts from Stephens College. Evann is a teaching artist with STAGES St. Louis and COCA, a preschool music teacher, and a licensed Zumbini® and POUND® Instructor. She previously taught and directed at TRYPS Theatre Institute in Columbia, MO. Evann has performed at several venues including The Black Rep in St. Louis, MO and Okoboji Summer Theatre in Okoboji, IA. A few of her professional theater credits include “Reya” in The Gringo: A New Musical, “Glinda” in The Wiz, “Mrs. Potts” in Beauty and the Beast, “Marta” in Company, a “Dynamite” in Hairspray, and “Lucille” in Junie B. Jones: Top-Secret Personal Beeswax.



Lois is thankful to be returning for a 9th season with STAGES where she has appeared in such roles as Kristine in A CHORUS LINE and Bonnie Jean in BRIGADOON. After graduating from Webster University, she danced aboard the Norwegian Cruise Lines and performed for 5 seasons as a Rockette in the RADIO CITY CHRISTMAS SPECTACULAR. Lois was the Assistant Dance Captain/Swing for the 1st National Tour of Irving Berlin’s WHITE CHRISTMAS. Lois has also performed regionally at Riverside Theatre and in numerous productions at The Muny where she was also the Assistant Choreographer for the 2010 production of BEAUTY AND THE BEAST. Lois is a proud member of AEA and AGVA.



Mary has been very active in St. Louis community theater for over 15 years as an actress, dancer and choreographer. She has been nominated for several acting/choreography awards for Arts for Life and won an award for best choreography for her work on FMT’s production of Fiddler on the Roof . She actively performs/choreographs for the St. Louis Strutters, St. Louis Showstoppers, and the Missouri River Cloggers, which she also co-directs. She has choreographed for Spotlight Productions in the Rockwood School District for five years and has taught Economics for over thirty years at UMSL and Washington University. She is also a proud wife, mother of three and grandmother of twin grandchildren!



Rob is excited to return to STAGES Performing Arts Academy after previously serving as the founding Director of Education & Outreach at STAGES, a position he held for 10 years until 2013.  He currently serves as the Director of Drama at Chaminade College Prep where he teaches high school and middle school theatre along with directing three productions per year. In addition to his time at STAGES, Rob has also previously worked with COCA, Shakespeare St. Louis, Gateway Performing Arts and various schools throughout the St. Louis area. He holds an MFA in Theatre Directing from Western Illinois University and is married to Molly and the proud father of Jimmy and Mimi.


PAULA HELLER – Access the Arts

Paula, a St. Louis native, is excited to work with STAGES St. Louis. She has spent the last 25 years teaching theatre arts at Mehlville High School in south St. Louis county. She has directed over 70 plays with youth of all ages and abilities. She has worked with Theatre Unlimited and the Teen Theatre program at the Jewish Community Center. She is currently working with That Uppity Theatre Company’s DisAbility Project. She has begun working with the Prison Performing Arts organization in St. Louis. She is a past recipient of the BUSS Fellowship through the English Speaking Union of St. Louis, spending time at the Globe Theatre in London participating in Teaching Shakespeare Through Performance, a program for secondary teachers. She is working towards Drama Therapy certification through the North American Drama Therapy Association on which she proudly serves as Alternative Track  Representative on the association ‘s board. She believes strongly in the significant personal and community growth that empowers participants of Arts programs.


ELLEN ISOM – Triple Threat TEENS & Dance

Ellen Isom has been a performing artist and arts educator for over twenty-five years. You may have seen her on stage at the Robert G. Reim theatre where she’s performed in over 40 productions at STAGES. You may have seen her choreography in the St. Louis area at Shakespeare Festival St. Louis, the Repertory Theatre of St. Louis, Arrow Rock Lyceum, New Jewish Theatre, and STAGES. Currently an adjunct professor at Webster University and Fine Arts instructor at Visitation Academy, her career has taken her across the United States from glaciers in Alaska to the beaches of Florida and across the world from the fjords of Norway to the jungles of Bali.  Her students have ranged in age from 2 to 80.While her main focus is dance training (ballet, jazz , musical theatre and tap), Ellen strives to teach people how to be story-tellers through dance and how to use their bodies to connect their voices and their acting to their story.  All artists communicate their stories in a variety of ways and they need specific tools to help them. Training in dance/music/acting is the way to develop those tools, and helping students achieve that is Ellen’s passion. She is honored to join Tali as co-director of Triple Threat Teens.


JEREMY JACOBS – Musical Theatre

A Kansas City native, Jeremy Jacobs is a classically trained pianist, music director, singer, actor, and musical theatre enthusiast who is thrilled to be joining the STAGES team. He currently is a student at Webster University studying Music Direction for Musical Theatre, where he is a full-tuition Presidential Scholar. In Kansas, he played keys in pits or music directed shows like Heathers: the Musical, The Wizard of Oz, Little Shop of Horrors, Sister Act, and the Midwest Premiere of School of Rock: the Musical. Previous stage performance credits include Little Shop of Horrors, Bye Bye Birdie (where he was nominated for the Starlight Blue Star Award for Outstanding Actor in a Leading Role as Albert Peterson), Xanadu, All Shook Up, and Harvey. Jeremy’s passion lies in changing lives and influencing the world through the stories that theatre presents; instilling a passion and love for theatre in students is such a powerful endeavor that he cannot wait to continue to do with STAGES.


JULIE KRIECKHAUS – Access the Arts & Acting

Julie Krieckhaus is a native of St. Louis and received her BA in 1976 from Webster University where she completed the Theatre Conservatory program with an emphasis in directing Julie has been teaching and directing in the St. Louis area (and elsewhere) for over 20 years. She has been Director of Education for the Muny First Stage, Coordinator of Theatre Programs for CASA (St. Louis Conservatory and Schools for the Arts), and Director of the Creative Dramatics Workshop at Webster University. Her directing credits include THE UGLY DUCKLING and RIP VAN WINKLE for Theatre Project company, EAR YOUR HEART OUT, HOLD ME! and A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM for CASA, several scenes for the Equity Actor’s Showcase and two operas for young people; the St Louis premiere of Green Eggs and Ham and The Storyteller, produced by the St. Louis Symphony Children’s Choir. Most recently Julie was the drama director at Crossroads School where she directed three Shakespeare productions, seven musicals and five full length straight plays as well as teaching theatre classes and tap. For the past 19 years she has had the privilege of teaching Music and Movement to developmentally disabled pre-schoolers and elementary age children at Good Shepherd School for Children.



Ashley Meyer, originally from St. Louis, recently moved back after living in New York City for three and a half years. She has performed in over 10 shows at The MUNY. Some of her favorites were Pauline in West Side StoryThroughly Modern Millie, and 42nd Street. She has also performed traveling with Disney Cruise Line and dancing for the USAF Band in Washington D.C. She is proud to say she is the assistant choreographer for the MUNY Teens Touring Troupe and has an absolute passion for teaching kids/teens. She is thrilled to be on the teaching staff at STAGES St. Louis!


BAILEY PASHIA – Musical Theatre

Bailey is beyond thrilled to be back at STAGES after taking a short break to stay home with her now, three-year-old! She graduated from Western Illinois University where she earned her BFA in Musical Theatre. After working at various, professional theatre companies as an actor, she decided to follow her heart and start her career as a theatre arts educator. She started with STAGES five years ago as an intern and moved up in the ranks and now teaches in the Academy, as well as, in Outreach classes in the St. Louis Metro area. When Bailey isn’t teaching she is running her successful photography business, drinking plenty of iced coffee, or spending quality time with her family!


LIBBY SALVIA – Triple Threats & Dance

Libby Salvia’s extensive training in dance includes ballet, tap, jazz, modern and hip-hop. Libby has danced her way across many stages, including The Muny, where she performed in Anything Goes, South Pacific, Guys & Dolls and Evita, to name a few. Before coming to COCA, Libby was a member of the Touch Jazz Dance Company in Chicago and also established a Pilates program for the New City YMCA in Chicago. She has taught both dance and choreography in Chicago and St. Louis.


MARY BETH SCHULTE – Access the Arts

Mary Beth works with the Access the Arts classes and camps for students with learning and behavior challenges. She has seen the program grow from the initial summer camp session to weekly classes during the school year and performance camps in the summer. Working at STAGES combines her love of theatre with her background in special education.  Mary Beth graduated from Fontbonne College (now University) in 1981 with a B.A. in Elementary and Special Education, and has worked for the Department of Special Education for the Archdiocese of St. Louis in two capacities–full-time teaching and special religious education for 30+ years. She currently teaches at The Academy at St. Sabina, a Catholic elementary school in Florissant that serves students with a variety of challenges, and she is a consultant for the Religious Education Office of the Archdiocese, helping Parish Schools of Religion to include students with special needs. Mary Beth is proud to be a part of STAGES Performing Arts Academy, because its emphasis on the process of theatre education always produces a quality product.


NICOLAS VALDEZ – Musical Theatre & Voice

Nicolas Valdez is a classically trained singer and pianist with expertise in musical theater repertoire. In addition to teaching and performing, Nicolas works as a musical theater music director. He moved from California where he music directed Footloose, The Addams Family, Mary Poppins, Jekyll and Hyde, RENT (in which he was nominated for a Sacramento Elly Award for best music direction), 13! The Musical (also nominated for best music direction), Into the Woods, and piano conducted The Who’s Tommy at The Harris Center. In the Midwest he has assistant music directed The Glorious Ones and The Drowsy Chaperone at Webster University and worked as a music director at the Clinton Area Showboat in Iowa doing Newsies, Footloose, The Bridges of Madison County, Madagascar, and 101 Dalmations. Just recently, he served as the pianist for the Arch City Theater Troupe’s You Will Be Found fundraiser for JDRF at John Burroughs and will be music directing Anything Goes at New Line Theater in January 2017. He is on faculty at COCA as well as Music Director for Samuel United Church of Christ. In addition to his MD credits, he has performed behind Barry Manilow and accompanied masterclasses for Adam Pascal and Christine Brewer.



Keith Tyrone Williams brings a very diverse experience to STAGES Performing Arts Academy. He has performed, directed, and choreographed throughout the United States and extensively in Europe. He is artistic director of Innervision Dance Theatre, which most recently premiered the inspirational work, The Ties That Bind, to sold out audiences. Some may remember him as “Horse” in The Full Monty at STAGES St. Louis for which he won the prestigious Kevin Kline Award. His choreographic work of “Sarafina”, a musical about South African apartheid, received rave reviews and garnered him another Kevin Kline Award for best choreography. He also appeared in Damn Yankees (Applegate) for which he won the Woodie King Jr. Award for best actor, was the recipient of the Katherine Dunham Award, and the NAACP Cultural Arts Award. Keith has appeared in many national, international, and Broadway productions, such as Legs Diamond, Once On This Island, Five Guys Named  Moe, Bubbling Brown Sugar, Starlight Express, The Music of Andrew Lloyd Weber, and is currently working on his dream production of The Ties That Bind, believing that it will one day be performed on the Broadway Stage. Keith is very proud to be among the few people certified by Katherine Dunham to teach the world renowned Dunham Technique, and served as co-writer and appeared in the historic documentary on Dunham Technique with the Library of Congress and performed in the Dunham Gala performance at Carnegie Hall. Keith has a BS in Theatre/Dance (Southern ILL University Edwardsville, MA Theatre/Directing (Lindenwood University) and completing his MFA (Directing). He has been a member of Actors Equity Professional Union for more than 30 years, and is excited about sharing his years of professional experience to the wonderful young artists at STAGES Performing Arts Academy.