Meet our fantastic Instructors!
President/Executive Director and Founder of Alpine Community Theater (ACT) established in 2004. Laura has had an active part in producing, directing, and choreographing each of ACT's past 11 musical productions. ACT was awarded Utah’s Outstanding Community Theater for the 2007 production of ‘Disney’s Beauty and the Beast’ and Laura personally received an award of excellence as the Executive Director. Laura was also awarded the “Woman Who Makes a Difference” Award by the Alpine Jr. Miss Pageant in 2010 and was honored as one of the “8 Local Lady Legends of Theater” by Utah Valley Magazine and was featured in their July/August 2010 Edition. Laura has over 35 years of theater and dance experience and enjoys sharing her great love for musical theater with the community. Laura just completed producing and directing ACT's summer production of "ANNIE" which was presented in July.
Theater Department Chair
Alice Johnson, a Colorado native, moved to Price, Utah and discovered her passion for theater during rehearsals with a local Community Theater. This prompted her to follow that passion and graduate with a Bachelor's of Fine Arts degree in Acting from Brigham Young University. At BYU she performed in several stage productions and student films and was also a two time Irene Ryan Nominee. In between semesters she worked as a children's camp counselor at BYU's Aspen Grove Family Camp and also taught drama at Dixon Middle School. Since graduating, she has performed with Utah Shakespeare in the Park in "All’s Well That Ends Well" and played the part of Joanna in The New Testament project for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. She is very excited to share her love and passion with ACT Performing Arts Academy.
Bethany Taylor has been dancing since she could walk and choreographing since she had her own room. She has studied all forms of dance, but fell in love with Ballroom Dancing in High School. She continued to dance through college and enjoyed competing individually as well as performing with Brigham Young University’s Ballroom Dance Company. She competed in the Latin, Standard, and Smooth categories. Bethany placed first in Novice Latin at the U.S. National Competition held at BYU. She helped teach Social Dance classes at BYU as well as the BYU Junior and Youth teams. Bethany graduated from BYU with a B.A. in Dance with an emphasis in Ballroom and a Minor in Business Management. She coached the Lone Peak High School Ballroom Dance Team for two years and has taught ballroom classes at various other studios around Utah County. She has choreographed for the Provo Center Street Musical Theater, Alpine Community Theater, and Spanish Fork Community Theater.
Robin Wiggins Towle graduated from East Carolina University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics with a minor in Dance. While there she was an East Carolina Cheerleader for two years and danced on the nationally ranked Pure Gold Dance Team. Robin was runner up in the Miss North Carolina USA pageant and was a dancer in the television series The Chronicles of Young Indy. Robin owned and operated Dance Creations for five years before getting married and moving to the west coast. While living in California Robin worked at Roseville School of Ballet. Since moving to Utah she has done choreography for several Alpine Community Theater Productions, as well as several school plays. Robin was also a member of the Diamond Dance Company. Robin is married to Kevin Towle. They currently reside in Alpine, Utah where she home schools her six children. Robin loves children and is so enthusiastic about this opportunity. Robin feels that the most important part in teaching children is to build their self esteem. She wants all of her students to feel they are valued and special. Robin believes it is in this environment that they will thrive.
Katie Collier has trained in ballet, pointe, partnering, jazz, modern, and American Character over the past 25 years. She graduated from Alta High School in 2002 where she was a member of the dance company for 3 years. After high school she attended Southern Utah University where she received her Bachelors Degree in Dance Performance and a Minor in Business Management. While at SUU she received choreography of the year for her piece in the Student Dance Concert. She has taught at various studios throughout Salt Lake and Utah Counties and has 9 years teaching experience. Along with teaching for years she has also had the opportunity to choreograph many pieces for competitions and dance concerts in a variety of styles. Katie and her husband, Dave, have been married for 8 years and currently live in Eagle Mountain with their three beautiful daughters.
Voice Department Chair
Laurel Elizabeth Brown, a native of Morgan Hill, CA, is a graduate of the Cleveland Institute of Music with a Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance/Opera. Private teachers and coaches include Heidi Henderson, Dr. Mary Schiller and Dr. Dean Southern, John Simmons, Linda Jones, and former Cleveland Opera director David Bamberger. She has also studied with local artists Trisha Hall and Michelle Sundwall.Laurel started performing when she was 13 years old in the Bay Area. She has a great love for musical theater as well as opera and operetta. She has been teaching voice for 3-4 years, taking a year and a half hiatus to serve a mission for the LDS church.Locally, she has performed with Alpine Community Theater as the Fairy Godmother in Cinderella, Roderigo 2 in Little Women at the SCERA, and as Fred’s Wife and the Charwoman in Hale Center Theater Orem’s A Christmas Carol. Other roles include Aunt Em in The Wiz, the Rose Seller in Oliver!, both Emma Smith and Eliza R. Snow in This is Kirtland!, among numerous other roles.Laurel also composes and arranges music. Recently, she helped composer and songwriter Aaron James Karr record vocals and arrange the music for one of the Mormon Messages on YouTube, entitled Opportunities to Do Good.
was born and raised in Boise Idaho where her musical aspirations began. Being taught music from her mother at a very young age, Brittney has enjoyed voice and piano performance her entire life. She participated in singing ensembles in high school and at Brigham Young University where she completed her college and graduate degrees in Sociology, Family Life, and School Psychology. She worked in Provo School District as a Psychologist, specializing in behavior management, intellectual and social/emotional assessment, counseling, and behavior and academic consultation with faculty and parents. Brittney recently made her stage debut playing Grace Farrell in Alpine Community Theater’s 2012 production of Annie and is very excited to join the ACT Performing Arts Academy team!