“My daughter had worked with another voice teacher for three years. She just wasn’t making progress. She began working with Lee two years ago. In that time, she has learned to sing, tap dance, been in seven theatrical productions, and has signed with an agent. The feedback we get from talent agents, directors, and casting agents is that my daughter is the most prepared and professional person, child or adult, that they have crossed paths with in some time. Lee’s advice is ALWAYS spot on.” -Norah
I am so proud of Carleigh. She has found her passion in dance and theatre. She has made some awesome friends and friendship that will last a lifetime. At the after party today she was very emotional. She didn’t want it to end. She is so ready for dance to start back up. and is ready for boot camp again next year. Lee you have been a blessing to us. You are so amazing in what you do. You have molded Carleigh into a great dancer. I see her picking up drama as well as dance. -Diane Lewis
I wanted to thank you for such an amazing opportunity. This year’s camp taught me more that i have learned during any years previous. It truly means a lot that i was one of your two selected to portray the leading part. It was a wonderful experience and i was glad that my first time playing a lead was for that show. Thank you for all that you have taught me and the many opportunities you have made possible. ” -Evie Jennings
“Lee is one of the best and most creative directors I have had the privilege of working with – no one can match her level of energy!” -Ellen M.
“I just can’t tell you how much we appreciate all that you do for our kids. Evie had another wonderful experience and has grown so much in the last year through her work with you. We are so pleased with her progress and increased confidence. A huge thanks to YOU!” -Andrea
“Lee, my acting coach, should take some pride in her product. I have received lots of compliments on my abilities as an actor. Everyone seems to think I have 20 years experience when I’ve only been acting on film for about 14 months. Lee, you taught me more than you know, kid. I think I would make you proud now. I’m not George Clooney or Brad Pitt, but I have a grasp of what acting is about. Barely. I see the little problems that actors show when they are trying to be something other than what they are, (i.e. John Wayne was always John Wayne, Jimmy Stewart was always Jimmy Stewart) I am never going to be anything but me, and right now I keep getting cast as a killer, so maybe somebody knows something I don’t. I’m loving it and I’m staying busy, was assistant director on the Mathis Bros. shoot the other day, loved it. Loved bossing everyone around.” -Gerald
“Another huge credit goes out to Lee Colee! Kimmie was in her musical this summer and she has helped Kimmie with her stage presence as well as opportunities to dance in other arenas in the area. Kimmie has been blessed with these two great coaches. So a huge thank you to Lee and Barry Kyle! Both of them have brought their experience and expertise to help Kimmie better yourself as a dancer.” -Linda G.
“Congratulations a great success for a youth workshop and community effort. Everyone can be proud of a good show! I encourage your work individually and as a cast. There were times that were just stunning and times that made me tear up. The choreography and full use of the performance space were also impressive. I will readily recommend that all my friends attend…Thank you for your hard work, and I look forward to future shows.” -Rick Bowen
“It was a wonderful experience for Abby, Kenny and I at camp. Kenny and I got to make some new friends that I think are going to bring a lot more fun and happiness into our lives. Abby is already planning next year and looking forward to her lessons this next school year. I guess we have to talk and figure out where Abby fits in at the Colee Studios.” -Willi
“Quartet” did indeed bring back wonderful memories. Our group truly enjoyed your performance!! Of course, non of us are under 65 yrs. old so we truly understood the humor. Do keep up the good work and we will keep up the support.” -Jan
“I went and auditioned for my 3rd movie and after doing the sides they gave me, they let me do a monologue I wrote and they cast me! After I left the room I heard one of them say “That was awesome” and the other said “He got a little intimidating!” I auditioned to be a drug dealer because I liked the part but they cast me as the assassin. Plain spoken guy, well dressed, you never see him coming. Love it! It’s a low budget, independent film being shot in Tulsa, but still!!!!! Whoo!!! Here’s hoping they find a distributor!!!! One of them with a production company asked me if I would be willing to work on a short film he is planning and of course I said yes. Yay! And thank you so much for all you taught me.” -Gerry Nelson
“Well, the whole Bootcamp was wonderful! Thank you. Tavia grew in so many ways throughout the process, as she has overall by working with you (and Cary!).” -Kim
“The production was spectacular and made us laugh harder and more often than we’ve done at a play in a long time. You’re a very special director and producer. We especially enjoyed seeing Judith and Allan because they’re in our top 5 favorite theatre talents – you’re in there too.” -Jim Gillock
“Last night was the best closing night ever! I love each and every one of you and I’m so happy that I have even more people to add into my crazy theatre family. Again, I love each and every one of you and I’m glad that y’all were part of my world :).” -Allision
“Great shows, beautiful costumes, lively music and professional cast! Don’t miss it!” -Candace
“Lee, your performance on Sunday at the VFW was awesome! Your choice of music was “right on.” and it brought tears to my eyes.” -Madelyn
“Lee, You should be very proud because your kids were great! They could easily compete with any of the talent I have worked with in the past, be it in here in Dallas, L.A. New York, etc… .Thanks Again.” -Loren (B.I. Agency)
“We have been absolutely astounded by the quality of your productions for years, and we were thrilled to hear that you would be in San Marcos this year. Logan loved his experiences at camp, and we feel that he learned so much in such a short time–amazing. And of course the production was professional quality. We are proud that he was part of the show, and we are grateful to you for all your hard work and expert teaching/guidance for the kids. You are a gift not only to the children, but also to the arts in this region.” -Corinne D.
“Our lives are forever changed because we met you! Thanks!” -Kathy P.
“You are an amazing director! You really made the show awesome and turned us all into great actors!” -Miranda P.
“Lee, you have been an exceptional mentor to me. Your belief in me and the opportunities you’ve given me have helped me to progress so much. I would not be the performer or singer that I am without your guidance and encouragement. Thank you for impacting my life so wonderfully. We’ll keep in touch!”
“Over the years I have worked with Lee Coleé as a performer, and a director,and I have also been directed by her. During that time I have found her to be highly professional, enormously talented, and incredibly energetic. She does her homework and comes prepared. She strives for excellence in herself and expects it from those she works with. She knows how to pull performances from novices, professionals, adults and children alike. Lee has a tremendous imagination and is extremely ambitious. Pound for pound, she is a dynamo and offers a great bang for the buck! I count her as a personal friend and as an esteemed professional colleague.” -LeRoy N.
“Well, you did it again – you brought tears to the eyes of so many just before they were to play golf! You did a superb job of entertaining and inspiring all of us. Thank you for taking the time to share your immense talent with all who were lucky enough to hear you on Friday. And thank you for your support of the chamber. Photos are attached. With admiration,” -Cathy
“Lee prepares you completely for whatever performance is coming up. After spending time with her you feel totally confident when you walk out on that stage.” -Carla D.
“Of her many gifts, Lee’s operatic performances are most thrilling to us—Puccini, yes!” -Jule & Bert R.
“Hello Lee! I just wanted to thank you for all your help and coaching in Anything Goes. I learned more about acting singing and dancing in 3 weeks than I’ve learned in all the other things I’ve done combined. I really appreciate all you taught me and I had a lot of fun this summer. I will be working on improving everything this year and beyond and I am grateful to be able to learn from such a great talent as you.” -Jake W.
“Lee, I am in complete and total awe of the Anything Goes production! I still have no idea how you brought forth such an amazing show using the two different casts. Rusti had the time of her life and I am sure that after a couple of days rest, she will be longing for the theater. Each night she came home with a smile from ear to ear. She loved each and every minute of camp – even getting up early! Rusti will continue to study with you as long as we are able to keep her there! Thank you so much for everything you have done for her!” -Stacy W.
“Lee, could not believe the talent of these little thespians, dancers and singers. We especially loved the fact that we got a chance to see some of our favorites “all growed up” from Wizard of Oz. Our sweet Amanda just lights up the stage. Everyone did such a great job, but the image of those tap dancing feet and big-eyed smiles just made my heart sing. Great job and congrats to all for a fine evening of great entertainment. Loved every minute of it!” -Linda A.
“Lee Coleé is my mentor. I started out in 2003 as one of her voice students. From there I blossomed. I performed in several of her stage plays, musicals, and recitals. Under her direction I designed and built sets, went to the tech booth and ran sound and lights, and moved back stage to become a stage manager. I even emceed several of her performances. Even though I moved on to concentrate more on film, voice over, and comedy I still constantly come back to Lee for support and advice and she is always there for me.” -John D.
“Lee Coleé began giving me Tap lessons in November of 2009. I didn’t know, at all, how to tap dance and because of my weight, I wasn’t sure I’d be able to participate in the class. Even if I could, I wasn’t sure how long I would be able to participate. Our first class was overwhelming because I was so out of shape but she told me to persevere and it would get easier. She was right! I thoroughly enjoy her classes and spontaneity. The lessons are never boring! Lee never lets you get complacent and always challenges you to be better than you are. As a result, I have lost 43 pounds! I am much healthier and feel so much better about myself! Lee is a wonderful teacher! I love her Tap classes and look forward to going each week. ” -Beth Y.
“I had a fabulous time at camp, and I’m especially thankful to have had the opportunity to tackle the role of Reno! Thanks to you, I fell in love with the show, and I really want to be able to play her again someday. You’ve been such a wonderful teacher, mentor, and friend to me, Lee. Thank you so very much. I hope to work with you again.” Kelly E.
“Lee Coleé gave me the most important quality you need to be a performer – confidence. She was able to take a shy young boy and turn him into a confident entertainer. Lee has a gift for finding the potential in her students and pulling it out of them (no matter how difficult it may be). Along with her incredible staff, she trains her students how to be strong, quick-thinking performers. Since my days in her studios she’s added dance instruction to her curriculum of voice and acting. Without Lee I can honestly say I would not be where I am today. I was a shy child and never had many friends, so I obviously wouldn’t be caught dead singing in front of people. Now I’m in the process of packing for college where I will be working towards my BFA in Musical Theatre. It’s interesting to think where I’d be if I hadn’t taken that chance and trusted Lee. If you’re looking to get into entertainment, I highly recommend Lee Coleé Studios. It’s a one-of-a-kind experience that I’ll never forget, and I promise you won’t either.” -Coy B.
“Hi Lee! Just wanted to update you on Sam. He auditioned for and was accepted into Interlochen Arts Academy in Michigan for his senior year of high school. This is such an incredible opportunity for him! He has finished most of his academics for graduation, so his studies will be primarily in music and vocal development, as well as stage experience. He will be surrounded by faculty and students alike who all have the same goal of being and teaching the worlds best artists. He will also have a year as a boarding student with set schedules to help teach how to succeed at the college level. I want to thank you for being a part of Sam’s accomplishments. You showed him what professionalism is and how to work hard to put on the best show/performance possible. Who would have thought it that first time he sang for you.” -Fran
“Our thanks and gratitude for your performance at McVey Manor. The talent, grace and dedication the A-Team displayed is beyond wonderful! -Phyll Fanolla