Drama at Aspen Academy is a progressive experience through the development of self and passion. As your student journeys through our performing arts program, they'll be inspired while discovering their person and passion, whether it be on stage, behind the stage or collaborating with each grade level.


The theater program at Aspen is dedicated to creating a safe and empowering place for students to hone their craft. Being able to confidently get on stage and express one's emotions is not only helpful in acting, but also in the world of public speaking. Students should leave this program being able to confidently express themselves and have a firm grasp of what being a real world actor is like. In PreK-4th grade we work on conquering stage fright, finding their voice, and taking chances in their performances. In 5th-8th grade the choices span from an intro into professional acting to improv, to the study of Broadway-Musicals or creating their own films. Being able to take these life skills and apply them beyond our theater is what we strive to give our students.

Kaitlyn Dawn Dinner

Drama Instructor
Kaitlyn-Dawn Dinner, M.A. comes to Aspen Academy with nearly a decade of teaching and professional theatre experience. After graduating Adams State University with two Bachelor’s Degrees in Secondary Education and Theatre Arts.

Dinner joined the Peace Corps and taught in Ukraine for two years. Upon returning to the states, Kaitlyn-Dawn created and facilitated an award-winning speech and debate program and theatre program at a Title 1 School in Greeley, Colorado for several years. Dinner received the 2018 Colorado Middle School Theatre Teacher of the Year Award from the Colorado Thespians Association. In 2020, she received the Dignified Coach Certification from the National Association of Speech and Debate. Kaitlyn-Dawn is excited to join the Aspen Team and bring her worldly expertise to her students. In her spare time, Kaitlyn-Dawn enjoys spending time with her family and dogs.