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Faculty

We are so proud of our amazing faculty at Performing Arts Limited. Our instructors have enjoyed the performing arts for most of their lives and are incredibly passionate about their specialties.

Katie Kinyon

Katie Kinyon

Dance  -  Kate founded Performing Arts Limited in 2000, and is now celebrating PAL’s 17th season! She holds a BFA in Musical Theatre and Dance from the University of Wisconsin Stevens Point. Katie has had vast experience as both a performer and dance educator for the past 20 years. She has participated in many local dance festivals and performances…View More »

Adam Steffeck

Adam Steffeck

Music  -  Adam Steffeck self-released an EP called “Origin” December, 2015. After being accepted to University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee and Berklee College of Music with finger-style guitar, he is currently studying under master guitar player Don Ross and will be attending DePaul University to double major in Environmental Science and Music.View More »

Amirah Sackett

Amirah Sackett

Dance  -  Amirah Sackett (dancer/ choreographer/teacher) has performed and had her choreography featured locally, nationally, and internationally. Amirah was honored as one of the first female hip-hop artists to receive the Jerome Travel/Study grant in 2008. She curated the international festival for women in Hip-Hop, B-Girl Be in 2009-2010 at…View More »

Andrew Hodson

Andrew Hodson

Dance  -  Andrew is originally from Hemlock, Michigan. He graduated from Central Michigan University with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Trumpet Performance with a minor in Piano. He has danced with many companies and theatres around the country. Andrew's Broadway credits include Hairspray and Chicago, and has toured with various musicals. He is…View More »

Catie Smiley

Catie Smiley

Dance  -  Catie Smiley, originally from Waunakee WI, is a recent graduate of the University of Wisconsin Stevens Point and has her B.A. degree in dance and minor in Spanish. Upon first arrival at the University, in 2011, Catie received the James Moore Excellence in Dance scholarship. Furthermore, she additionally received the Kathryn Bukolt dance…View More »

J. Lindsay Brown

J. Lindsay Brown

Dance  -  J. Lindsay received her MFA in Choreography from the University of Michigan in 2013 before moving to Chicago and starting her dance company, J. Lindsay Brown Dance. Lindsay is also a guest teaching artist at Intuit Dance in Oak Park and has taught with both River North’s and Hubbard Street’s Dance Education programs. (Photo by Jeff…View More »

James Weigel

James Weigel

Music  -  James (GUITAR) was born into a musical family and began piano lessons at age 6. He began learning the guitar and trumpet as a sophomore in high school where he took music theory classes and became involved in the jazz and concert bands. He continued involvement in music while attending college, joining choir, show choir, and forming…View More »

Larry Baer

Larry Baer

Music  -  Larry (PIANO) has a diverse background in piano performance and instruction. He has performed with a wide variety of orchestras and chamber ensembles throughout the Chicago area, in addition to solo performances. Larry has also dedicated much time to music composition and arrangement, having written award-winning compositions that have…View More »

Lindsey Poling-Baer

Lindsey Poling-Baer

Music  -  Lindsey (PIANO and VOICE), a Pennsylvania native has delighted audiences with her performances throughout the East and Midwest.

While living in Erie, Pennsylvania, Lindsey performed both opera and oratorio works. She sang Hansel in Humperdink’s opera Hansel und Gretel, Dorabella in Mozart’s Cosi Fan Tutte, First Prioress…View More »

Michele Brache Agpalo

Michele Brache Agpalo

Music  -  Michele Brache Agpalo is a lyric soprano with a passionate and fearless approach to performing.  She recently completed a Masters degree in Voice and Opera from Northwestern University where she studied under Sunny Joy Langton, Alan Darling, Richard Boldrey, and Ken Smith.  

At Northwestern, she played Countess Almaviva…View More »

Miss Margo

Miss Margo

Dance  Drama  -  Margo Miller has danced at PAL for twelve years, studying ballet, tap, and jazz, and has been teaching at PAL for three years. Annually performing in PAL’s Nutcracker, appearing in lead roles such as “Clara,” she has also danced throughout the Chicagoland area, and was a varsity member of the Loyola Ramblerettes.…View More »

Molly Jo Mathe

Molly Jo Mathe

Dance  -  Molly Jo is a native of Becker, MN. She has performed around the country including New York, NY with the Mike Miller and Associates dance group in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, Walt Disney World in Orlando, FL, and in Wisconsin Dells with the Broadway Dinner Theater performing Disney's "High School Musical" under the direction…View More »

Rebecca Locks

Rebecca Locks

Dance  -  Rebecca Locks has been dancing since the age of three. A native of Chicago, Rebecca has studied dance intensively with Watmora Casey, Betsy Herskind, Joel Hall, and Ted Jackson among others.

Graduating from Northeastern Illinois University where she was a dance scholarship student, she went on to receive her master’s…View More »

Sarah Simmons

Sarah Simmons

Music  -  Sarah is an active performer and teacher in Chicago. She holds a Bachelor of Music in Musical Theatre from Samford University and a Master of Music in Voice Performance from Northwestern University. Sarah teaches voice and beginning level piano lessons.View More »

Shawn Renee Lent

Shawn Renee Lent

Dance  -  Shawn moves this world as both a program manager and a social practice dance artist, with experience from a field in Bosnia to a children’s cancer hospital in revolutionary Egypt. She has been teaching dance for a total of 25 years, is a U.S. Fulbright Scholar and UNAOC International Fellow, and has spoken at the University of Maryland,…View More »

Valerie Nguyen

Valerie Nguyen

Dance  -  Valerie Nguyen has been dancing at PAL for 10 years involved in tap, ballet, and jazz/hip hop. She has performed in various festivals and events throughout Chicago alongside the annual PAL recitals. She has co-choreographed and danced in different ethnic clubs that are part of Lane Tech’s International Festival for three years. Valerie…View More »

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Performing Arts limited is a true community partner. Not only do they provide great dance instruction to many of the students from Rogers School but they also work closely with the school to offer experiences that many students would not be able to receive otherwise. They have opened their doors for school events and are always willing to help Rogers School in any capacity. The enthusiasm that Kate brings to her dance classes is second to none. Watching her captivate an entire 8th grade classroom through dance is truly a remarkable sight. I look forward to continuing our partnership with PAL and eventually sending my own daughter to classes at PAL."
- Dana - Assistant Principal at Philip Rogers Elementary School
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My daughter Samantha has been taking dance and acting lessons at Performing Arts Limited for 7 years. She loves it there, and so do I. Katie the Director and the rest of the staff are extremely talented and their love for teaching children beams with each lesson. Samantha has learned ballet, jazz, hip-hop, tap, lyrical dance, and acting. She even had instruction in African dancing during summer dance camp. She currently takes 8 classes a week and has developed quite a love for the arts. Katie really supports Samantha's goals in her quest to be a triple threat- dancer, actor & singer. Samantha has already been in a commercial, a print add and a few Columbia College student films. I attribute much of her success to the training, encouragement, and direction she has received at Performing Arts Limited. Samantha recently asked me "What exactly is Katie to me? A teacher, a mentor, or a friend, I answered all three! Performing Arts Limited is professional but also has a definite family feel. I would highly recommend it for Dance, Music Lessons, or Acting."
- Laura

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