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.
Aimee Fullman, M.A.
LEAP Adjunct Faculty
Aimee Fullman grew up in the arts as a dancer, musician and creative writer. She has over 15 years of experience in international cultural policy, and in arts/nonprofit administration as a researcher and practitioner with a focus on international cultural engagement, cultural development, and cultural diversity.
Professional experiences include working in the U.S. (Americans for the Arts, American University, Center for Arts and Culture, Council on Foundations, Harvard University and Foundation Center/Sustain Arts, Institute for International Education, National Endowment for the Arts, Robert Sterling Clark Foundation, Sister Cities and Wolf-Brown), Canada (Canadian Heritage), Europe (British Council and UNESCO) and the Middle East (American Voices in Iraq, Syria and Lebanon). Presently, she is the director and principal lecturer of the M.A./Diploma and Certificate in International Cultural Relations at Westminster University in London, U.K.
Aimee is also a US-based U40 Cultural Diversity fellow, Board member of the Dance Construction Company, and has been an invited speaker in North America, Europe, Latin America and Asia. She particularly enjoys engaging with students and has guest lectured at institutions including Carleton University, Goldsmiths' University of London, New York University, Syracuse University, and American University where she was a lecturer. Her research focuses on international cultural engagement and cultural diplomacy, comparative cultural policy, cultural diversity, and the societal value of arts and culture. Service to the field includes grant panel experience for international arts, education and student scholarships with the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities, the Institute for International Education, and as a qualifying reader (bilingual) for the Fund for Cultural Diversity at UNESCO. Since 2014, she has served as a mentor for National Arts Strategies.
Aimee holds a B.A. in International Relations and Dance from George Washington University and an M.A. in Interdisciplinary Studies (public policy, nonprofit management, international cultural policy) from George Mason University.
Brea Heidelberg, Ph.D.
LEAP Adjunct Faculty
Dr. Brea Heidelberg holds a Ph.D. in Art Education and a master's degree in Arts Policy and Administration from Ohio State University, as well as bachelor's degrees in Business Administration and International Area Studies from Drexel University. Her areas of expertise are Performing and Visual Arts Management, Public Policy and the Arts and Program Development and Evaluation. Before joining the faculty at Rider University's Westminster College of the Arts she held teaching positions at The Ohio State University.
Christine Pelletier, M.M., M.A.L.A.
LEAP Adjunct Faculty
Christine Pelletier is the Patron Services/Administrative Associate/Education Coordinator for the Cheyenne Symphony Orchestra, which includes the production and design of season programs, ticketing, and educational outreach. She holds a Bachelor of Music in French Horn Performance from the University of Dayton, a Master of Music in French Horn Performance from Arizona State University, and a Master of Arts Leadership and Administration from Colorado State University.
Christine has previously worked as an event planning consultant for Ascend at CSU, as Communications Coordinator for the CSU Middle School Outreach Ensemble, and project manager for the exhibit CSU Meets Africa at the Global Village Museum in Fort Collins, Colorado. She was a graduate teaching assistant at Colorado State University and Arizona State University. She has also performed with ensembles including the Tucson Symphony Orchestra, Phoenix Symphony, Phoenix Opera, Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra, and various chamber groups.
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.
Dulcie Willis, M.A.
Dulcie Willis holds a Master of Arts in Arts Administration from Goucher College with B.A. degrees in Theatre Arts Education from the University of Northern Colorado and Musical Theatre from Mesa State College. She is the 2010 recipient of the Goucher College Jean Wilhelm Best Major Paper Award for Dying and Flying with the Phoenix: Burnout and Recovery in Theatre Teachers. She has taught drama, speech, film, dance and English in Taiwan, South Korea, Arizona and Colorado; directing, choreographing and/or producing over 40 productions for high school and community theatre with award-winning work featured at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in Scotland.
Prior to building the theatre program at Poudre High School 2002 to 2009, Dulcie was the Volunteer Coordinator for City of Greeley, Project Manager for Beaver Creek Children's Theatre and Operations Manager for the Grand Junction Family Theatre Company. Dulcie was the Executive Director of Bas Bleu Theatre Company 2010 to 2013. She is currently a freelance director/producer and arts administrator with clients including the Fort Collins Lincoln Center, Poudre School District, Fort Collins Fringe Festival, and Goucher College.