Callie Jacobs, Superintendent/Director of School
Callie Jacobs holds a B. S. in Neuroscience and Psychology from the University of Minnesota and a M. A. in teaching and Ed. S. in Educational Leadership from the University of St. Thomas. She is a licensed life science teacher, having taught Biology, Advanced Biology, Environmental Science, and Physical Science at the Saint Paul Conservatory for Performing Artists for three years, Center for Training and Careers, and in the School District of Elcho, Wisconsin. She has been engaged in programs such as the Neuroscience Outreach Program and Brain Awareness Week, both established by the University of Minnesota to further engage teachers and students in opportunities that promote practical applications of science.
She continues to seek research opportunities for the purpose of integrating her interests in science, education, and leadership. In doing so, Callie has obtained licensure as a school administrator and is continuing her graduate studies by pursuing a Doctorate in Educational Leadership at the University of St. Thomas.
Ellen Delaney, Academic Director (Principal)
Ellen Delaney holds a B.S. in mathematics and a teaching license from Winona State University, a M.Ed. in mathematics education from the University of Minnesota, and is in an Educational Administration program at St. Cloud State University. She is a licensed math teacher and licensed K-12 principal. She has taught middle school and high school math in private and public schools. Ellen also taught in the University of Minnesota’s Talented Youth Math Program for five years.
She has served as a K-12 Staff Developer, K-12 Curriculum Director, Associate Principal for a high school, and was the Director of Secondary Curriculum, Assessment, and Instruction for the largest district in Minnesota. Ellen traveled for five summers as an instructor for the Woodrow Wilson Foundation which offered a graduate level course in instructional methodology for middle school math teachers. In addition, she was an adjunct faculty member for Hamline University teaching math methods for elementary and secondary teachers.
Ellen was selected to represent teachers as the Minnesota Teacher of the Year. She was also the recipient of the National Presidential Award for Excellence in Teaching Mathematics. She received the Outstanding Administrator of the Year award from the Minnesota Educational Media Organization. Finally, Ellen received the Excellence in Leadership Award from the Minnesota Department of Education.
Brian Goranson, Artistic Director (Principal)
Brian Goranson received his Ed.S. from the University of St. Thomas in 2014 and an M. F. A. in Theatre Arts from the University of MN in 1994. Since then, he has appeared in over 50 productions on many local and national stages, including: The Guthrie Theater, Florida Stage, Illusion Theatre, Pillsbury House Theatre, The Great American History Theatre, and The Jungle Theatre. He has directed productions at Actor’s Theatre of MN, Illusion Theatre, Pillsbury House Theatre, The Great American History Theatre, The Playwright’s Center, Starting Gate, and 50 Foot Penguin. Brian served as Artistic Director for Theatre L’Homme Dieu for its 2006 and 2007 seasons. He also spear-headed the 2001 Sally Award-winning arts education program, The Chicago Avenue Project, from 1996 through 2003.
As a theater educator—in addition to numerous residencies in high schools and colleges all over the country—he taught for 7 years at the University of Minnesota. In 2004, Brian received the Lake Conference Achievement Award in Fine Arts, recognizing distinguished alumni. Previous to his role as Artistic Director for SPCPA, he served as Theatre Department Chair and has been with the school from its inception.
Monica Lonergan, Director of Special Education
Monica Lonergan holds a B. A. from the University of Wisconsin, Madison, in Social Work and Psychology. She obtained her M. S. in Special Education from Purdue University and her Administrative License from Hamline University. Previous to her role as a Director of Special Education, she taught special education students in Kindergarten through transition-age programs. She has provided training to teachers on topics ranging from due process compliance to writing effective IEPs. Monica has received a Certificate of Recognition from the state for her work as a member of the Specific Learning Disabilities trainers network.
Susan Reiling, Executive Assistant to the Superintendent/Director of School
Susan Reiling has been with SPCPA since 2005 and brings to the Conservatory 9 years of prior administrative experience in both for-profit and non-profit settings. She graduated from Minneapolis Business College in 1996 with an Associate in Applied Science Degree in Office Administration. Prior to working at SPCPA, Susan was employed as an office coordinator with Family Support Network and administrative assistant in the corporate office of Midwest Auto Parts Distributors.
Michelle Hernick, Executive Assistant to the Superintendent/Director of School
Michelle Hernick joined the administrative team in 2015. She received her B. S. in Entrepreneurial Management from the University of Minnesota Carlson School of Management in 2013, and currently serves as Managing Director for Red Bird Theatre, working alongside SPCPA Theatre Department Chair Genevieve Bennett. A 2009 SPCPA graduate, Michelle has several years experience working with several Twin Cities theater companies in roles on-stage, backstage, and front of house.
Anna Torgerson, Executive Assistant to the Academic Director
Anna began working at SPCPA in 2016. She received her Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance from University of Minnesota, Duluth in 2015.
Nancy Galatowitsch, Executive Assistant to the Artistic Director
Nancy Galatowitsch joined SPCPA in 2012.
Michelle Franz, Administrative Assistant, Lowry
Michelle Franz started at SPCPA in 2015. She holds a B. F. A. from Lyme Academy College of Fine Arts.
Patty Hall, Administrative Assistant, Wilkins
Patty Hall joined SPCPA in 2016. She is a local theatre artist, musician and educator.