LAURA HIMES is a graduate of University of Oklahoma with a BME in Vocal Music Education. She worked as a choir teacher in the public schools for five years until she decided it was time to follow a life long dream of opening a performing arts studio. As a performer and music director, she has worked at Lyric Theatre, Sooner Theatre, Poteet Theatre, Cimarron Opera, and Spotlight Acting Academy through Dance Unlimited. She has played the piano for 20+ years and has accompanied choirs, private voice students, ensembles, and musicals. Laura is a co-founder of OKC onstage – okconstage.com.
Piano, Voice, & Acting
ANGELA POLK recently worked for The Mine in NYC as a Talent Agent with 200+ clients in TV, Film, and Theatre. While in NYC, she worked for Leading Artists, Dave Clemmons Casting, and DGRW. As a director, actor, and stage manager, she has worked for Lyric Theatre, Fresh Paint Performance Lab, Ignition Arts, Manhattan Repertory Theatre, Paper Mill Theatre, CityRep, Poteet Theatre, Jewel Box, and Red Carpet Theatre. Angela holds a BM and MM in Music Theater from Oklahoma City University where she studied under Florence Birdwell. She currently works as the Production Coordinator for OCU in both the music and theatre schools. Angela is a co-founder of OKC onstage – okconstage.com.
Voice & Acting
KRISTIN STANG, a native Minnesotan, relocated to OKC six-years-ago from NYC. For six years now, she has been Director of Fine Arts at St. James the Greater School, in addition to Founder/Director of The St. James Children's Choir who performs throughout the metro. She has taught musical theatre production classes for ages 4 - 8, and private voice for six years as well. Favorite stage credits include Glinda/Aunt Em in The Wizard of Oz, Irena in I Never Saw Another Butterfly, and Ghost of Christmas Present with the former Lighthouse Dinner Theatre in MN. Other directing credits include Annie Kids, Willy Wonka Kids, Into the Woods Jr., and various children's musical showcases/revues.
Voice & Acting
KYLAN DURANT is a graduate of Oklahoma City University where he studied music, dance, and theater. He received his initial dance training at Bartlesville Civic Ballet under the guidance of Soili Arvola and Leo Ahonen. Choreography credits include: The Gondoliers, Once Upon a Mattress, Dean’s School of Dance Christmas and Spring Recitals. Performing credits include: Shrek the Musical, Catch Me if You Can, Thoroughly Modern Millie, American Spirit Dance Company, 9 to 5, The Drowsy Chaperone, Once Upon a Mattress, Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker, and Arvola’s Dracula. “Dancing is just discovery, discovery, discovery.” –Martha Graham
DANIELLE SHIPLEY is from Grove City, OH but currently resides in Edmond, OK. She attended the Ann Lacy School of American Dance and Entertainment at Oklahoma City University where she graduated Sum Cum Laude with a BS in Dance Management. She currently works for the Dance and Entertainment Department as their Marketing and Communications Specialist. Choreography credits include The Hunchback of Notre Dame, The Boyfriend, and various dance productions.
ANNIE BROWN has been with Kismet Arts for the past year, in voice, dance, and production shows THOROUGHLY MODERN MILLIE (Ensemble), THE THEORY OF RELATIVITY (Julie), LITTLE WOMEN (Beth), and 13 THE MUSICAL (Molly). She has also mentored Kismet Arts students ages 4-12 in their productions of THE LITTLE MERMAID JR. and THE MUSIC MAN JR. She has 10 years dance training, both studio and as a dance major, and has assisted with beginner ballet instruction. When not performing, teaching children's ballet classes, or attending high school, Annie's passion is to spread kindness through her website ProjectKindnessOK.com.
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