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, Jewel Box, The Bethany Stage, and The City Cabaret. 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.
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, The Bethany Stage, The City Cabaret, 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, Piano, 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.
KYLAN L. DURANT
KYLAN L. 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
JORDAN M. ANDREWS
Voice & Piano
JORDAN M. ANDREWS was born and raised in Omaha, NE. He works as a private vocal coach/teacher, music director, and OCU staff accompanist. He recently graduated with his second master’s degree in Opera Performance from Oklahoma City University. During his time there, he was involved with the OCU Jazz Ensemble, music directed the OKCU’s male a capella group “ The Ahhx Chords”, and performed and assisted in several of the school’s shows as a pianist and on stage. He has also been seen performing with The City Cabaret, Opera on Tap, Ignition Arts, Fresh Paint, Upstage Theatre, Painted Sky Opera, Cincinnati Opera, and more. He has also performed in masterclasses featuring Kristin Chenoweth, John Justin Moniz, Daniel Belcher, and two-time Grammy Award-Winning Jazz pianist Bob James of Fourplay. www.jordanmandrews.com
MM Opera Performance ’20; MM Vocal Coaching ’17; BA Music ‘15
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.
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.
KAYLENE SNARKSY (she/her/hers) is a Boston-born creative artist. After graduating from Oklahoma City University with her BS in Dance and Arts Management, Kaylene toured nationally with Rodgers and Hammerstein's Cinderella. Kaylene has performed, taught, and choreographed in theatres and studios across the country. She is a "forever student" and is continuing her studies in acting at HB Studio NYC under the guidance and direction of Lisa Pelikan. Kaylene's Why is to illuminate the path so that she may guide others to run toward the power of Possibility. She is psyched to be back in the theatre after such a long hiatus and is so pleased that it is with Kismet Arts!