Reed Performing Arts Company

100 NE Tudor Rd, Ste 108 | Lee's Summit, MO 64086 | 816.525.4455 |

Amelia Ellsworth | Ballet
Amelia Ellsworth was born in Portland, Oregon. She began her formal ballet training at the age of eleven under the direction of Ulla Ames, in which she participated in programs with Madison Ballet, Boston Ballet, and the Royal Academy of Dance. Upon graduation of her pre-professional program in 2010, she was accepted into the ranks of Ballet Midwest, where she performed for numerous seasons under the artistic direction of Barbara Ebert and continued her studies with artists such as Paula Weber and Sean Duus. Amelia's favorite roles include the Pas de Trois from Swan Lake, Balanchine's Who Care's?, Willis from Jules Perrot's Giselle, and the title roles of Sugar Plum Fairy and Cinderella. Since moving back to Kansas City, she has collaborated with artists from Kansas City Ballet, Ballet Magnificat, and the New York City Ballet, and has been blessed to work with and teach children from all around the metropolitan area as she furthers her education in dance. Amelia is eternally grateful to her family and mentors for all her successes and is excited to be on faculty with Reed Performing Arts Company for its 2014-2015 season.

Tarrah Bossert | Instructor
Tarrah is from Kansas City and started dancing when she was three.  She grew up dancing competitively and began teaching dance in high school.  Tarrah attended Park University and graduated with a degree in Organizational Communication and a minor in Education.  She loves tap, but also dances and teaches hip hop, jazz, lyrical, musical theater, and ballet.  One of her greatest passions is to perform.  She has performed for many live events including an ESPN special with Paula Abdul, was a professional dancer for the Missouri Comets, a dancer for Ginuwine on his Kansas City tour, and has danced in commercials and music videos.  Tarrah loves sharing her passion and love for dance with kids. She is thankful to have found a home at RPAC!

Jeff Reed | Owner | Theatre Director

Jeff Reed is no stranger to the stage.  He has performed in multiple plays including: Death of a Salesman, The Mouse Trap, The Magicians Nephew, Carousel, You're A Good Man Charlie Brown, and Snoopy.  He was last seen as "Professor Harold Hill" in Summit Theatre Group's production of The Music Man.  Jeff also performed in the world premier of Starlight Theatre's production of Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde.  He has also directed over 30 children's musicals including Aladdin Jr., Bah Humbug! Scrooge's Christmas Carol, Willy Wonka Jr., Annie Jr., The Wizard of Oz - Young Performers' Edition, Beauty and The Beast Jr., The Little Mermaid Jr., Seussical Jr., Peter Pan Jr., and The Music Man Jr.  Jeff received his Bachelors Degree in Elementary Education and a Minor in Music from Missouri Southern State University and also holds a Masters Degree in Educational Leadership from Pittsburg State University.  

Jeff continues to shine on a different stage during the school year as an elementary school teacher.

Whitney Reed | Owner | Dance Director

Whitney Larson has taught dance since 2006, and has been dancing since she was three years old. She danced competitively for twelve years and has gone through training with Paula Adbul where she was recognized for her outstanding tap skills, Ray Leeper, and Mia Michaels. Whitney's dancers and choreography have been recognized for "Outstanding Technique", "Showmanship", "Directors Choice Awards", "Outstanding Choreography", "Overall Performance", "A Cut Above", many "Judges Choice Awards", and award winning costumes at regional and national competitions.  Several of Whitney's dancers are also regional and national title holders. Whitney received a Bachelors Degree in Communication from the University of Missouri - Columbia, a Bachelors Degree in Elementary Education from Park University, and also holds a Masters Degree in Educational Leadership from Northwest Missouri State University.

By day, Whitney continues to share her love of learning as an elementary school teacher.

About RPAC

How it all began.

The Theatre Camps started with elementary school students participating in an after school program with a sixth grade teacher - Jeff Reed.  Whitney Reed began working with the Theatre group on choreography when some of her dance students became part of one of the productions.  The camps have since outgrown the school district and now include children from schools all around Lee's Summit and the surrounding area, ranging in ages  from the second grade to high school!