Featured Alumni

   Chris Mauro is a proud SIUAC alum, who started back in 2009, where he took several dance classes, as well as performed in the Theatre Troupe “Act 1.” Since graduating college in 2014 from Nazareth College of Rochester, where he was a Musical Theatre major, Chris has been working all over the country and even all over the world. He started his career doing regional theatre in Pennsylvania, doing some new works, as well as performing in some classics, like Children of Eden (Abel). From there Chris booked a few national tours, traveling all over the United States, with the touring children’s theatre company ArtsPower, where he spent 3 toursplaying the villains in the shows "Four Score and Seven Years Ago" (Sgt. Hitchborne), "The Monster Who Ate My Peas: (The Monster), and "Chicken Dance" (Mac the Duck). Now living in NYC, Chris began working at the World Famous Ellen’s Stardust Diner in Times Square where he performs as a singing waiter. Since getting hired there, Chris has gone on to perform on 2 different cruise ships, The Viking Sun and The AIDA Mar, as well as a few off Broadway shows right in NYC, Unspoken Conversations (Frank Wedekind) and Yosef (Reuven). He even got to tour through China with the Nickelodeon TV show production of Paw  Live (Mayor Humdinger). Chris will become a proud member of Actor’s Equity this year as he returns to one of his favorite regional theatres, Rocky Mountain Repertory Theatre in Grand Lake, Colorado, where he performed in The Full Monty (Dave), A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder (Inspector Pinckney) and Annie (Drake) in 2018. Chris really wants to thank


"SIUAC, as it was the first place that really helped him hone his skills and helped nurture his love for the arts. The whole Colombo family had a part in helping getting him there and they truly helped him discover his passion for performing, which he will forever be grateful for. Love you all."


Alexis Spencer

Certified theraputic recreation specialist for assisted living


Danced for 15 years


Former Miss SIU

Shelbie Colombo

BFA in Theatrical Production and design with a minor in dance from Fredonia State University.

3 Years at the Pennsylvania Shakespeare Company - properties artisan.

5 years at Geva theater as a Stage Operations Manager, Assistant
Charge artist, and Properties Artisan.


3 Years designing sets at Wheatland Chili High school.

Shauni Reutz

BA in Musical theater and a Minor in Dance From the University of Northern Colorado

Won the Jimmy Awards In NYC

Workshops/Concept album Recordings

Check out her Single "Brave Girl" on Itunes and Spotify or her website: www.Shauniruetz.com

Danielle Colombo

Performance Certificate From AMDA in NYC

Studied Voice at Eastman's Community School

Director of Music and Theater at Strike it Up! Artistic Center

Lead Singer of the " Pop Show Band"

Nicole Stein

BS in Psychology from Syracuse University


Professional Nanny

Ballet education out reach Through the Lincoln Center in NYC

Skylar Smith

Current Dance Major

 At Slippery Rock

in Pennsylvania


SIUAC Faculty Member


Guest Choreographer

Strike It Up Artistic Center 

2045 Rt. 104

Ontario NY 14519


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