Michelle Stanley, D.M.A
Director of LEAP and Associate Professor of Music, Flute
Dr. Michelle Stanley is Assistant Professor of Music at CSU where she teaches flute and chamber music and classes for the LEAP program. She is a regular performer in solo, chamber and orchestral settings. From early music to new music, Dr. Stanley is a passionate performer and strong advocate of the musical arts. As a dedicated teacher she has an active and successful university flute studio and has enjoyed giving master classes from China to the U.S. She has performed throughout the U.S. and in Japan, China, France, England, Scotland, and Italy.
Dr. Stanley is the second flutist/piccolo player with the Colorado Ballet orchestra and is a regular performer in the Colorado Symphony Orchestra. She has presented and performed for the National Flute Convention (2012 Las Vegas, 1999 Atlanta), College Music Society Regional and National Conferences, Colorado Music Educators Association conference (2010, 2013), and Music Teachers National Association state and national conferences. She has performed at the Berkeley Early Music Festival, and spent five seasons as the second flutist with the Colorado Music Festival orchestra.
She is a founding member and performer with the Sonora Chamber Ensemble that regularly performs and commissions chamber music. She has commissioned and premiered over 20 works from composers throughout the United States. Her first CD of newly commissioned chamber music was released by Centaur Records in 2006.
In addition to her active performance career, Dr. Stanley is the author of an online music appreciation textbook published by Great River Technologies called Music Appreciation: Successful Listening in All Music. This text is used at CSU by over 3000 students per year.
Dr. Stanley received an M.M and D.M.A in flute performance from the University of Colorado at Boulder, and received a B.A. in Music from the University of New Hampshire. She also attended Trinity College of Music in London where she studied with Anne Cherry. She was the president of the Colorado Flute Association and program chair for the Association's annual Flute Celebration from 2002 to 2004, and is currently the College Events Chair for the CFA. Dr. Stanley is a Best Teacher nominee at CSU, and was named a Writing Fellow for the AY 2012/2013 for her research on writing for music appreciation students at CSU. Teaching remains a strong passion of her musical career and she works to integrate sound body posture and health principles for her students through the study of body mapping, Alexander Technique, Pranayama breathing, and movement. Her work on movement and breathing in practicing is a mainstay in her day to day teaching.
Sandy Ceas, M.F.A., M.A.
LEAP Adjunct Faculty
Sandy Ceas is a nomadic New Englander who settled in the foothills of Colorado to practice her art and to teach at a number of Colorado universities about the value of art in cultural production. Sandy has a Master of Fine Art from the San Francisco Art Institute (SFAI), California in New Genres and a Master of Art in Humanities from the University of Denver Colorado with an emphasis on Religion, Philosophy and Ethics. She has taught at SFAI, Colorado Christian University, Rocky Mountain College of Art + Design, Metropolitan State University, Vermont College and the Art Institutes in both Colorado and Oregon.
The art practice of social engagement through the vehicle of art production and encounter has been Sandy's forte. She has organized boundary-crossing art programs to open dialogue in various cultures as a means to social change. Some of her endeavors include Juarez, Mexico during heavy cartel wars; Morocco, North Africa to connect young Christians and Muslims in conversation about amity; and New York Intercity projects for community building. In addition to leading these events, Ceas has presented at international conferences about art and social justice, art and spirituality, and art as cultural production. Her most recent colloquium was at the Palestinian Diaspora Conference in Bethlehem, Palestine, 2015. Sandy's aim is to cultivate young college age students to comprehend the agency of art to promote education and foster solidarity.
Antonio Cuyler, Ph.D.
LEAP Adjunct Faculty
Dr. Antonio Cuyler's passion for students and their internship experiences in arts management inspires his research, published by American Journal of Arts Management and the International Journal of Arts Management. As a previous intern at the Central City Opera, Spoleto Festival USA, and Wolf Trap Foundation for the Performing Arts, Dr. Antonio C. Cuyler understands the value internships hold for arts management students' professional development.
Most recently, Dr. Cuyler contributed to an amicus brief to the U. S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit in support of Eric Glatt, regarding the infamous Fox Searchlight Pictures case. Prior to joining the LEAP faculty as instructor for LEAP 687 – Internship and LEAP 692 – Internship Seminar, Dr. Cuyler held faculty positions at Savannah College of Art & Design (SCAD), American University, and Purchase College, SUNY. He currently serves as Assistant Professor of Arts Administration & Coordinator of Internships at Florida State University where he also earned his Ph.D. and M.A. degrees in Arts Administration.
Janice McFadden, M.A.
LEAP Coordinator and Program Advisor
Janice has worked at CSU and lived in Fort Collins for over 20 years. She has a Master's degree in Counseling with an emphasis in Higher Education from the University of Colorado at Denver and has worked as an academic counselor, international student advisor and administrative coordinator. She is committed to helping students succeed in becoming leaders in their field and is excited to be a member of the LEAP program team. In her free time she enjoys art-making, camping, gardening, and traveling.
Jack Rogers, M.P.A.
LEAP Adjunct Faculty
Jack Rogers has worked in the performing arts for over 24 years. During that time he has been an artist, advocate, tour manager, festival producer, venue director, and has also worn countless other hats. Jack received his B.F.A. in Acting with a minor in dance and a concentration in music from Long Island University at CW Post. He has received multiple awards for his performance work both professionally and academically. He received his M.P.A. in Nonprofit Management from Georgia State University. Jack served as Vice President of Programming for the Georgia Arts Network, the state's official arts advocacy organization. He has served as a juror on programming committees for the City of Atlanta's Office of Cultural Affairs, the Georgia Assembly of Community Arts Agencies, Georgia Presenters, and the Southern Arts Federation's Performing Arts Exchange.
Jack's interests include multi-disciplinary collaboration, event management-safety and security, advocacy, and performing arts programming. He is a member of Actor's Equity of America, Americans for the Arts, the International Association of Venue Managers, and the Western Arts Alliance. He currently provides administrative, artistic, and operational leadership to The Lincoln Center, a multi-venue events facility in Fort Collins, Colorado.
Jill Stilwell, M.A.
LEAP Adjunct Faculty
Jill has 25 years of experience in the public arts and culture sector. From 2003 to 2016, Jill was the Director of Cultural Services for the City of Fort Collins. In this role, she spearheaded Fort Collins' first Cultural Plan and nominated the City for the 2011 Governor's Arts Award, which the community received. She was proud to direct the Department's two largest capital projects: the $8.4 million renovation of the Lincoln Center and the $27 million public/private partnership that is the Fort Collins Museum of Discovery.
Jill has facilitated large vision-oriented projects, like master plans and community cultural plans, but also enjoys the personal aspects of team building and board development. Jill shares her experience with others as an adjunct faculty member at the LEAP Institute for the Arts at Colorado State University and at Front Range Community College. She teaches courses in arts management and museum studies and learns as much from her students as they do from her. Jill also engages with her local community through activities like presenting at Start-Up Week.
Jill has a bachelor's degree in fine art from Colorado State University and a master's degree in art history and museum studies from the University of Denver. She is certified through the International Association of Public Participation (IAP2) in planning effective public participation processes.