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The Team

Who We Are


Sienna Valadez

Owner and Director

Sienna has been performing since a young age. Theater has had a major impact on her life.  She has mastered her craft through many voice, dance and acting classes. Her love of theater followed her through college, where she earned a BA in Theater and a Masters Degree in Elementary Education from the University of Utah. Sienna has 3 beautiful children that keep her busy all the time. She loves spending time with her family, skiing, hiking, camping, boating and traveling. Her love of theater, combined with her education background inspire her to help children grow with Studio Kids. She looks forward to sharing her passion for theater with your child.

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Jamie Shelley

Lead Director

Jamie grew up loving acting and singing, training in both since she was 8 years old.  After finishing her undergraduate studies in English, Jamie moved to Los Angeles where she worked for both radio and television studios, inspiring her to return to school and revisit her love of theater.  She received a masters degree in Theater and Media Arts from Brigham Young University.  During her time as a graduate student, Jamie taught undergraduate courses in Introduction to Theater and Theater Great Works.  She also enjoyed participating in BYU’s traveling children’s theater, Young Company, as a dramaturg for the production Cyrano and an actress for the production Grimm Tales.   For her masters thesis, Jamie completed an extensive study on the experiences of child actors, conducting much of her research with former child stars in LA.


Jillian Richins


Jillian has always loved singing and dancing and has traveled the world in various performing groups since she was in middle school.  She got her Bachelors degree from BYU in Music Dance Theatre and has been teaching and performing ever since. She has performed professionally at Disney World, Jackson Hole, and at Hale Centre Theatre.  She loves children and has taught dance, singing, and acting for 7 years. Aside from musical theatre, Jillian loves to travel, do aerial silks, roller blade, cook, and spend time with her little girl! This is her second semester teaching at Studio Kids, and she is excited to put on another great show!

Lauren Carn


Lauren has been involved in theatre since elementary school as a student in Studio Kids! She now studies at the University of Utah, earning her Theatre Teaching BFA. At the U, Lauren acts as VP for Open Door Productions, a student-run theatre production company, and Partner Liaison for Arts for Youth, where she teaches a weekly visual-arts class. Lauren is involved in all fields of theatre, working as a Prop Master for CCHS. Her play, Consolation Prize, was selected for the New Works Reading Festival through ODP and the U’s Department of Theatre. Lauren also holds the title of Miss Draper 2022, where she advocates for arts education through her platform, You Will Be Found: Improving Mental Health Through the Arts.

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Carly Mugleston

Assistant Director

Carly has been working as an assistant director with Studio Kids for the past 5 years. She is creative, organized and kind. She has two beautiful children and a wonderful husband that keep her busy. Carly loves theater and helping keep Studio Kids organized. 

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