Open House & Free Workshops: Don’t Miss it

Utah COPA Open House – August 19th 10am – 1pm
555 East Main Street, American Fork, Utah 84003
(Utah Conservatory of Performing Arts)

We are so excited to announce that we will be having a Utah COPA Open House at our American Fork Building on Saturday August 19th from 10am – 1pm! This is our chance to spread the word about COPA and show you what we do!

We will have a lot of fun including a variety of dance and music workshops with guest artists including Nathan and Suzie Balser, Mindy Smoot Robbins, Tyne Crockett, Cherie Call and former COPA student, Monica Moore Smith. We have included full biographies below!

Waffle Love will be there and existing COPA students can earn free waffles when they attend a workshop! Family members are also invited to enjoy a waffle.

COPA students who also bring new friends will receive another raffle ticket for each person who attends and will have a chance to win one of three prizes from our random drawing including:

Prize 1: A Free Private Recording Session, T-Shirt, & Water Bottle
Prize 2: Headphones, T-Shirt, & Water Bottle
Prize 3: $30 Itunes Gift Card, T-Shirt, & Water Bottle

We sincerely hope you will attend with your family and friends and join us for a super exciting time. We appreciate your interest and support and look forward to seeing you on the 19th of this month.

A schedule of the workshops will be posted.
To Register email: or you can register 3o minutes before each workshop beginning at 9:30am.

Utah COPA Open House
Saturday August 19th, 2017
10am – 1pm
555 East Main Street, American Fork, Utah 84003

Nathan Balser, COPA Artistic Director & Consultant
Nathan is a graduate of BYU with a BS in Therapeutic Recreation and The University of Utah with a Masters of Fine Arts. He has performed on Broadway in the original cast of Promises, Promises with Kristen Chenoweth, 9 to 5: The Musical with Allyson Janney, Damn Yankees with Cheyenne Jackson, and Legally Blonde. You may have seen Nathan on CBS in the Kennedy Center Honors in 2009, 2010, and 2011 honoring Mel Brooks, Jerry Herman, Meryl Streep, and Barbara Cook or on the Tony Awards in 2009, 2010, 2011, and 2012 with Mamma Mia!, Promises, Promises, and Neil Patrick Harris, respectively. He also performed in the Macy’s Day Thanksgiving Parade with the cast of Legally Blonde in 2009 and is on the MTV recording of the same show. He was also in the world premiere of Minsky’s in the Ahmanson Theatre in Los Angeles and in Mamma Mia! in Las Vegas. Nathan played the role of Craig in R.R.R.E.D. at the New York Musical Theatre Festival in 2010 and participated in several workshops and readings in NYC including Promises, Promises with Anne Hathaway, Brigadoon directed and choreographed by Rob Ashford, Ever After with Dough Hughes, and Leap of Faith starring Sutton Foster and Raul Esparza. Nathan also toured internationally with Bianca Marroquin in Solo Pido, and nationally with Cathy Rigby in Peter Pan. Nathan is a member of Actor’s Equity Association and SAG/AFTRA.

Suzie Balser, COPA Owner & Dance Artistic Director
Suzie graduated from BYU with a BFA in Music Dance and Theatre where she performed as a Young Ambassador and won the Theatre Department’s award for Best Supporting Actress and an Irene Ryan Nomination for Ilona Ritter in She Loves Me. Acting credits include Aheh in Sunfish at the New York ASCAP foundation musical theatre workshop with Stephen Schwartz, Stephanie in the New York production of Katie Thompson and Patrick Livingston’s R.R.R.E.D., Sophie in the Las Vegas production of Mamma Mia!, Nellie Forbush in Tuacahn’s South Pacific, Molly in The Unsinkable Molly Brown, Winnie Tate in Annie Get Your Gun, Laurie in Oklahoma!, Maude in Funny Girl, Lorena Bobbit in Odyssey’s Thriller, and Demeter in CATS. In addition to the stage, Suzie can be seen in local and national commercials. In conjunction with performing Suzie has taught music, dance, and theatre around the country. While at BYU, Suzie was a student teacher in the dance department. She has also instructed at institutions such as BYU Childrens’ Creative Dance, Encore Academy, Musical Theater in Las Vegas as well as the West Orange, New Jersey Metrowest JCC Theater Arts Program. Most recently, Suzie has taught as adjunct faculty at Western Wyoming Community College Department of Theatre and Dance where she directed Flowers for Algernon and choreographed Dirty Rotten Scoundrels and Desert Dance Company. Last summer, Suzie was the Assistant Director of Tuacahn’s production of Grease and was on the creative team for the Nauvoo Historical Pageant in Nauvoo, IL. Suzie is also a member of the Actors Equity Association.

Mindy Robbins, COPA Owner & MDT Artistic Director
Mindy started performing when she was 4, taking private voice lessons at 6, worked professionally at the age of 16, and started teaching voice at 19. She most recently played Mary Poppins in Mary Poppins at Tuachan. She also played Eliza Doolittle in My Fair Lady in 2007, Annie Oakley in Annie Get Your Gun in 2002, and Liesl in The Sound of Music in 2001. Previously, Mindy toured with the Broadway Company of Les Miserables, covering the role of Eponine played by Sutton Foster. Other credits include Walt Disney World’s Hoop Dee Doo and Kids of the Kingdom, Tokyo Disney’s Peco’s Goofy, BYU’s Young Ambassadors and Lagoon’s Music USA. She has been a guest performer for the opening ceremonies of the Olympic World Senior Games. Mindy has recorded for Disney, with Mandy Moore, karaoke itunes songs and on numerous radio commercials. She has performed with Colm Wilkinson, Jason Alexander, Sutton Foster and Sam Harris. She has performed with the Los Angeles Philharmonic in Lex DeAzevedo’s work, Gloria, The Life of Christ as Mary. Mindy guest-starred on the national television series, Touched by an Angel, and has been seen on national television commercials. She graduated with a BFA in Music Dance Theatre from BYU where she has taught voice in the school of music. She loves sharing her passion for performing with her students. She is a member of Actor’s Equity Association and the National Association of the Teachers of Singing.

Tyne Crockett, COPA Dance Academy Director
Tyne Crockett began her dance career studying ballet, jazz and contemporary through local studios and summer intensive workshops in Utah and California. She continued her dance education at Utah Valley University, majoring in Modern Dance. There, she was a member of the nationally ranked UVU Dance Team. In 2007, she completed a Disney College Program, at Walt Disney World in Orlando, FL, in the Entertainment Department. There she was cast in the Power Ranger street show and the ‘Celebrate the Season’ Castle show. Tyne served as Choreographer for Nebo School District for 10 years, where she choreographed 10 full musicals, as well as the Director of the Jazz Department at Academy of Ballet for 4 years, where she choreographed over 30 original pieces. Tyne was Director of Athena Dance Company in Orem, Utah, where she had 2 original pieces filmed and entered in dance film festivals throughout the West, one being selected for Honorable Mention. This led to further career ambitions in dance film and in 2014, she teamed with Karen Jensen of BYU and founded the Utah Dance Film Festival, where she currently serves as Director. She also founded Downtown Provo’s event, MOVE: A 24-Hour Film Competition and Salt Lake City’s newest dance workshop.

Cherie Call, Guest Artist
Cherie Call has been writing songs since her early teens. She has released nine full length albums of her own songs. Cherie is a two time finalist in the prestigious Kerrville Newfolk Songwriting Competition. She’s played “in the round” at the legendary Bluebird Cafe in Nashville. Her songs have been featured in independent films, including the Banff Award winning “True Fans”. Cherie’s most recent album is a children’s album called, “The Buddy System”, a collaboration with singer-songwriter Lyndy Butler. From this album, their song, “The Astronaut and The Mermaid” recently won the grand prize in the children’s category of The John Lennon Songwriting Contest. Cherie is a member of the Utah supergroup, The Lower Lights. She teaches songwriting at Snow College in Ephraim, Utah. Cherie is married and has four children.

Monica Moore Smith, Former COPA Student & Guest Artist
Monica Moore Smith has been attending BYU in the Music Dance Theatre major as a sophomore. Known for starring in the recent motion picture, Saturday’s Warrior, the viral Mormon Message Bullying Stop-It, and myriad commercials, TV, and movies, she is no stranger to film. Trying out her skills on the other side of the camera, she started producing her own music videos for her YouTube channel to showcase her acting, singing, and dancing skills. In August of 2017, she won 1st place in the music division of CVX’s Next Big YouTuber contest. A British Telly affinadio at heart, she loves watching The BBC with her mom whist eating Nutella.

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