Teacher Bios

Teacher Bios


Delaney Hardy is a recent graduate from Rocky Mountain College. She graduated with degrees in theater performance and communication. DeLaney has taught two semesters of beginning acting, a semester of creative dramatics, and spent one summer at Venture as a VISTA volunteer.  Her other experiences include two years as box office assistant at Billings Studio Theater, one year as costume shop organizer at Billings Studio Theater, and a summer working at the Virginia City Opera House as a Virginia City Player.


Bridget Mayer is a native of Billings, MT, and was involved with Venture Theatre for five years. During this time, she was actively involved in camps and classes. Her time on Venture’s stage most recently includes four years of Funky Bunch, The Baker’s Wife in Into the Woods, Toby in Sweeney Todd and as Natalie in Next to Normal. During the summer prior to her senior year of High School, Bridget attended a five week summer program at Cornish College of the Arts in Seattle where she discovered her passion for songwriting. A graduate of Billings West High School, she is currently living in the UK while attending The Liverpool Institute for the Performing Arts where she is studies Popular Music and Sound Technology through their foundation program.


Mary Ann Connors fell in love with theatre over 50 years ago.  Since then she has explored both comedies and dramas, classics through modern as an actress, director, and costumer. In “real life” she taught hisch school English and Drama for over 40 years,  In the world of theatre she most enjoys working with young people, designing costumes, and playing evil, emotional characters.


Jamie Perros-Rivard grew up performing at Grandstreet Theatre in Helena, Montana. She teaches acting, musical theatre, hip hop, and hula at performing arts camps across the state. She also instructs English to speakers of other languages (TESOL), where she integrates theatre and creative writing into the classroom. Jamie completed her Master of Fine Arts degree in Creative Writing-Nonfiction from Emerson College in May 2013.


Jane Lind is a nationally and internationally known professional actor, director and choreographer, trained in classic, traditional and contemporary film and theater, has lived and worked in New York and has traveled the world for her work in the performing arts.  She now lives in Billings, working with children in theater while still involved in her professional career.


Derek Petropolis is an actor, voice-over artist, and theatre collaborator currently based in Los Angeles.  Derek graduated Cum Laude from Cornish College of the Arts in Seattle, Washington with a BFA in theatre with an emphasis in acting.  Derek was an active member in the Seattle theatre community, and worked with several theatres including the Seattle Shakespeare Company.  Derek has done commercial work for the Washington State Lottery, Microsoft, Samsung, and Mini Cooper. Recently, he has performed in a Shakespeare influenced touring mask and movement show.


Amber Sommerfeld is currently living in the Bay Area, California. In April she finished a six month tour of Julius Caesar with the San Francisco Shakespeare Festival’s Shakespeare in the Schools Tour.  Her most recent work has been in Antigonick with Scatterstate Theater and 1776 with Tabard Theater Company. She has her degree in Theatre Arts with a Minor in Musical Theatre from Santa Clara University. She has been seen in productions with Woman’s Will, Pacific Repertory Theatre, Half Moon Bay Shakespeare, SJREAL at San Jose Rep, and other work with SF Shakes. She looks forward to being back in Billings for the summer to work with NOVA on BIG! The Musical. 


Hannah Brown grew up dancing at the School of Classical Ballet and Diversity Dance Studio in Billings, MT. She jumped to every workshop, scholarship opportunity, audition, and competition she could get to, including dancing with the San Diego Ballet company in the Nutcracker and working with choreographers from So You Think You Can Dance, like Tessandra Chavez. Her ability to sing and act along with dancing brought her into the theater community, performing as Sharpay in Billing’s Studio Theater’s production of High School Musical, and as Iris Kelly in Venture Theater’s production of Fame. She went on to study dance at University of Montana for one year, before zooming to the Land Down Unda! In Australia, she danced for The Outback Spectacular on the Gold Coast, performing in a “dinner and a show” type of experience. Hannah began attending Griffith University for an Education Degree. A few years later, she dragged herself away from the beaches of Australia and now dances for Terpsichore, a contemporary dance company and teaches dance and musical theater classes in Billings.


Amanda Pettengill grew up in New York City where she participated in numerous theatrical productions ranging from local youth theatre to The New Jersey Performing Arts Center. After high school, Amanda moved to Washington, DC where she attended The George Washington University and was awarded a Presidential Arts Scholarship. She participated in dozens of student theatre productions, Theatre and Dance department shows, and GWU’s all- female a cappella group, The Pitches. Favorite roles include Millie in Thoroughly Modern Millie, Dolly in Hello Dolly, and Jeannette in The Full Monty. While in WashingtonDC, Amanda had the privilege of training with some of the District’s most well respected vocal, acting and musical theatre coaches. After moving to Billings last September, Amanda decided to get involved in theatre again by auditioning for NOVA’s production of Little Shop of Horrors and made her debut this May as Ronnette.


Emma Lou Zeiler is an actress, poet, and drama teacher. She is an alumna from the University of Montana where she achieved a BFA in Theatre. During her time in the beautiful city of Missoula, she performed in various productions such as Hair, The Cherry Orchard, A Midsummer Nights Dream, and Medea. Emma has also competed in multiple spoken word poetry slams with The Venture Theatre. She now resides in her home town of Red Lodge, MT where she is an acting coach with Seattle Talent, The Boys and Girls Club, and her independently founded group The Young Actors Theatre Camp of Red Lodge. Emma has always held a passion for the performing arts and is elated to be working with the creative youth at NOVA.