Artistic Directors & Administration
Mindy Robbins, 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.
Suzie Balser, 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.
Nathan Balser, 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.
Conor Robbins, Owner & Chief Executive Officer
Conor was one of the first visionaries that recognized the passion and talent that wife, Mindy Robbins, showed for developing confidence and talent in youth through the performing arts. With this awareness Conor focused his efforts in helping his wife grow what used to be private lessons around the piano in the home into an organization that now spans musical theatre, contemporary music, dance, acting and songwriting; serving students throughout Utah and Salt Lake Counties. Conor graduated from BYU with a Construction Management degree. He went on to receive a Masters in Real Estate Development from the University of Denver’s School of Business. His background has served him well in guiding the development and expansion of Utah COPA. Conor is the C.F.O. and C.E.O. for Utah COPA. He also manages a private real estate fund. Conor has an appreciation for the arts having grown up performing in California with Performing Groups for Youth. Conor worked in Tokyo, Japan as a model and actor.
Carmen Rasmusen Herbert, Artistic Director Contemporary Music
At the age of seventeen, Carmen achieved instant fame and notoriety when she became a finalist on season 2 of “American Idol”. She was originally cut from the top 200, but was later chosen as one of the judges favorites to be on the “Wild Card” show. She made it all the way to the final six before being eliminated. Carmen completed a nation-wide radio tour promoting her first full-length album entitled “Nothin’ Like the Summer” in the summer of 2007 and released a single by the same name which she co-wrote. Her album received rave reviews and her music video was #1 on CMT’s Top 20 Countdown for six weeks. Carmen recently wrote and released a book entitled “Staying in Tune” geared toward young women where she talks about her experiences on American Idol and how her faith and values helped keep her grounded. Carmen wrote the song “I am Divine” for the new Young Women’s Values CD entitled “Live What You Know.” She enjoys doing firesides and speaking all over the country for Deseret Book’s “Time Out for Girls” tour. Carmen currently writes a weekly column for the Deseret News. Her latest book, “You Are More” is currently being sold at Deseret Book stores. Carmen is married to Brad Herbert, son of Utah Governor Gary Herbert, and they have four handsome little boys.
Chase Ramsey, COPA Youth Theatre (CYT) Director
Chase is the host of Farmers Market Flip on the Cooking Channel and recently spent a year in San Francisco directing with The Cutting Ball Theatre. Founder of Warboy Theatre Projects and Director of Entertainment for FantasyCon. Also recent: The Old Globe, The Guthrie, Salt Lake Acting Company, San Francisco Fringe Festival. Recently produced a reading of The River Bride for Oregon Shakespeare Festival which will be seen in their coming season. Co-wrote Peter Pan’s Great Adventure with composer and lyricist David Smith which recently received it’s premiere at The Scera Center for the Arts and will continue this combo with an adaptation of Alice in Wonderland. Recently published by Theatre Bay Area along with original reading at Berkeley Rep. Selected to join the Kennedy Center Directing Intensive in Washington D.C. Past work has been seen with Berkeley Rep., Guthrie, Cal Performances, Campo Santo, The Cutting Ball Theater, Sundance, Salt Lake Acting Company, Hale Centre Theatre, Scera, and Utah Valley University. Managing Director of Utah COPA and Artistic Director of Utah COPA Youth Theatre. Awarded 2014 SDC Observership, Chase is a member of the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society and represented by Stars Management San Francisco. He is the on-camera personality for the recurring California Dream Eater project with Visit California. Undergrad, Utah Valley University.
Christopher L.A. Meek, Board Advisor
Chris graduated from Brigham Young University in International Studies with regional foci in Near Eastern and Asian Studies, an emphasis in International Development, and linguistic studies in Arabic, Japanese and French. Chris also received professional training in international development at the University of Michigan. Professionally his work has taken him to more than 52 countries specializing in serving start-up and growth enterprises with strategies to recruit and develop talent, optimize operations, craft product development and marketing platforms to grow revenue, and advise executive teams in creating business plans that lead to strategic capitalization, mergers and acquisitions. His work has resulted in invaluable partnerships with major entertainment properties, productions, and talent to penetrate new markets and build brands. Talent and properties that Chris works with range from Broadway to sports to music and film including the likes of Hugh Jackman, Nichole Kidman, Jenifer Lopez, Kristen Bell, Michael Jordan, Will Smith, 20th Century Fox, Sony Pictures, LIONSGATE Films, NBC, Disney Pictures, VH1, MTV and many others. Brands and marketing channels that Chris has worked with include Ferrari, Robb Report, VOGUE, Porsche, Aston Martin, and GQ to name a few. Chris works with COPA to craft growth and marketing strategies with the ultimate goal of creating opportunities to serve the youth that we mentor. Chris is a member of ERMA (Entertainment Resource Marketing Association), Branded Entertainment Professionals, Luxury Marketing Professionals, Utah World Trade Association, the Utah Film Commission, and serves as a board advisor to for-profit and non-profit entities domestically and abroad.