Staff

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Tim Fuller

Founder

Tim has extensive theater experience, and spent many years working with Lansing Civic Players, as well as working with High School performances.  Tim has co-directed large musical productions like Give my regards to Broadway, and has worked  production on multiple large musicals such as Guys and Dolls and Fiddler on the Roof.  While Tim mostly focused on Technical Theater, his experience across all aspects of theater has enabled him to provide the  leadership needed to bring  the Opera Block Performing Arts Center to life. When asked what makes OBPAC different, he replied “Its our staff and our families.  We carefully curate our staff and all of our staff are passionate about what we do. Our families are so dedicated to their children’s  growth in the performing arts.  We have an amazing performing arts family here”  When asked what the future holds, Tim replied “We opened prior to Covid and had a rough start with lockdowns shortly thereafter, but when we returned- the support we received was unprecedented.  Each season we grow and grow.  We recently completed an expansion project which doubled our classrooms.  We currently have about 475 registered kids, and we teach between 125-150 kids each week.  The performing arts center will eventually have its own performance venue, The Portland Opera House, which will be undergoing complete historic restoration in the coming years. As the areas largest and most experienced studio, we are poised to continue to expand and grow through the years, to serve the community for decades to come”

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Maddi Kempa

Studio Director & Instructor

I began dancing when I was three years old and continued until I graduated high school. Ten of those years were competitive dance. During my 15 years of dance, jazz and ballet grew to be my favorite styles. I love jazz because it brings so much fun and attitude to the stage. I love ballet because of the technique and beauty.

Growing up, being at the studio was an escape and something I always looked forward to, and I hope this is something I can bring to your children as well! I can’t wait to watch them grow, develop their skills, and reach their goals throughout the season!

“To watch us dance is to hear our hearts speak.”

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Michaela Clark

Instructor

I began dancing when I was 3 years old and continued all the way through high school. I studied ballet at Donna Marie’s Studio of Dance and at Michigan Ballet Academy. I also studied Irish Step Dancing with the Hubbardston Irish Dance Troupe lead by Emma Jandernoa.

In my down time, you will find me with my two year old son, boyfriend, and my family. I’m a lake girl at heart, so during the warm summer days you’ll see me at my family’s lake house.

I look forward to seeing what this season brings and to build relationships with you!

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Payton Leo

Instructor

Hi everyone! My name is Payton Leo and I am so excited to be here this season! 

I began dancing when I was two years old at Suzanne’s Main Street Dance Centre in Milford, Michigan. I danced there for 15 years and during this time was a member of the Company team. Additionally, during high school, I was a member of the Milford High School Pom Team and Theatre Company. In College, I was a member of the MSU Dance Club and Spartan Showstoppers Dance Team.  

After years of training, I am elated to begin my teaching journey and I can’t wait to meet everyone in the coming weeks!

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Dillon

Instructor

Let’s give a warm welcome to Dillon. Dillion will be teaching Tik-Tok classes this season.

Hello! I am thankful for this opportunity to be working with children again. I worked with youth as a Youth Care Worker for 7 years. I very much enjoyed teaching and being a positive influence to our younger generation. I since have followed my dreams as a photographer/video creator and am very excited it lead me back to youth once again.

I enjoy creating and expressing art through my camera and lens. Since I was a child I always enjoyed taking photos but never pursued it as a potential career. I started my photography and videography journey as a profession about a year ago. I since have fell in love with capturing moments in time. I have been exploring many types of photography and videography to see where my passion truly lays. I found I really enjoy being a part in capturing couples wedding day. What’s not to love about love? Most recently I have been working with local businesses of Portland in creating photo and video content for advertising. I have found much joy in being involved with the community of Portland.

I am excited to be a part of something new while working with youth. TikTok is in. TikTok is a great platform filled with endless talent. It’s going to be fun seeing the children express their talents in a creative way. My role will be in coaching and helping students design, sing, dance and be creative while capturing their talents through video. I will edit the videos in a creative way to be uploaded to TikTok once a week. I am passionate about teaching and bringing the best out in children but also excited to see what the children bring out in me.

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Nick Lemmer

Instructor

Nick Lemmer studied theater at Lansing Community College before working on a wide variety of shows around the Lansing area. He had the great pleasure of working with companies like Ixion, Riverwalk and Peppermint Creek while also training and coaching an improv team that performed all over Lansing as well as yearly at the Renegade Theatre Festival. Having gotten his start at All of Us Express Children’s Theatre, Nick is excited to be passing on skills and tools that have helped him even in his non theatre life.

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Maggie George

Instructor

Hi! I’m Maggie, and I’m thrilled to be apart of the staff. My dance experience includes four years of recreational dancing and one year of competitive dancing at Caledonia Dance and Music Center followed by six years of competitive dancing at Dorr Dance Academy. I was also on my high school’s varsity dance team. Now, I study journalism at Michigan State University with a minor in dance and I am also a member of the Spartan Showstoppers Dance Team. My goal is to bring your dancers an energetic, safe, and passion-driven dance environment. Let’s have an amazing season!

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DeLana Crank

Instructor

I began dancing at the age of three.  I danced with Rising Star Studio of Dance Arts for 11 years, 5 of which were competitive. While at Rising star I studied Ballet, jazz and Hip-Hop. In addition I spent two years with Premier Dance Company where I studied Lyrical, Contemporary, Musical Theater as well as Acro. I also danced semi-professionally with the Children’s Ballet Theater (CBT) for three spring shows, Cinderella, Don- Quixote and Wizard of Oz. 
 
Currently I am a student at Lansing community college pursuing my vet technician degree. I have always had two passions in life, Dance and animals. I am happy to be pursuing my love for both.  I am very excited to have this amazing opportunity to help mold the future generation of dancers! I cannot wait to see what this season has to bring and all the beautiful relationships that will be built.