Phoenix Performing Arts was founded to provide accessible performing arts opportunities for Northeast Ohio youth. We aim to create an encouraging, inclusive arts community focused on the FUNdamentals of performing arts.

Phoenix Performing Arts is a non-profit corporation and shall be operated exclusively for educational and charitable purposes within the meaning of the Section 501 (c) (3) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, or the corresponding section of any Future tax code. 




Amber Coughlin


Amber began her dance training under Holly Westwood in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania at the age of three. Throughout her middle and high school years, Amber’s passion for dance blossomed, leading her to dive deeper by enrolling in summer intensives, apprentice programs, and more. Amber has attended intensives at Kelly Strayhorn Theatre’s Alloy Studios (formally Pittsburgh Dance Alloy Pittsburgh), Millenium Dance Pittsburgh, and Point Park University. Amber not only grew to love dance but musical theatre as well. Performing in her school musicals yearly and holding supporting roles she developed the passion she has for theatre today. Along with performing, Amber began choreographing for musicals while still in High School and was awarded the Choreography 1st Place Award for the 2013 Gene Kelly Awards. After graduating high school she attended The University of Akron to train as a Dance Major. During her 2.5 years of rigorous school, her physical issues progressed and she, unfortunately, was not able to complete her degree. Despite this setback, Amber has still spent much of her time since school dancing, choreographing, and directing in the Akron, Ohio Area.  When she isn’t handling affairs for Phoenix, Amber is found choreographing and Performing with Cleveland Dance Project, Fire and Light Performing Arts and more! Amber believes that the performing arts heal, teach, and create a space of open expression for all. Her goal in founding Phoenix Performing Arts is to provide children the opportunity they deserve to benefit from the arts.

Gwen Baier


Gwen Baier is ecstatic to have become a part of the Phoenix Performing Arts company! Gwen earned her Bachelor’s degree in Vocal Performance at Marywood University in May 2015, under the instruction of Ellen Rutkowski and Dr. Rick Hoffenberg. Gwen recently received her Master’s degree in Vocal Performance at Shenandoah University. She studied with Dr. Aimè Sposato, Robert Thieme, and Natalie Conte. During her time at Shenandoah, Gwen performed in several productions including Die Zauberflöte, The Telephone and The Merry Widow. She also sang a solo for a Pulitzer Prize Concert featuring John Corgliano’s Fern Hill where the composer himself attended the concert! Gwen also performed in masterclasses with Michael Katz, Bradley Moore and Sofia Selowsky. Gwen maintains vocal instruction under the direction of Natalie Conte while teaching her own students. Several of Gwen’s students go and perform in and outside of school. As she continues to teach, Gwen hopes to give students at Phoenix a chance to expand their musical expression through healthy vocal technique and a positive, fun learning environment. 

Board of Directors

Michelle Neuhauser

  • President of the Board

Diana Teixeira

  • Board Member

Katie Marchant

  • Treasurer

Erin Bozan

  • Board Member

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