LAURA HIMES, Owner/Executive Educational Director
Voice, Piano, & Acting
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.
ANGELA POLK, Owner/Executive Artistic Director
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.
Dance & Choreography
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!
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. MM Opera Performance ’20; MM Vocal Coaching ’17; BA Music ‘15
ANDREA BARTLOW graduated from UCO with a degree in Vocal Music Education and Business Administration minor. She’s taught music education in public schools for over 15 years where she has directed over 50 stage productions. In that time, she has been honored by her colleagues as Teacher of the Year twice. Andrea also taught private voice and piano lessons for 7 years. She has performed with local community theatres and has even shared the stage with some of her students.
KYLAN L. DURANT
Dance & Choreography
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
Dance & Acting
AMELIA CASTOR has been a student at Kismet Arts for the past 3 years in voice and Center Stage Production shows INTO THE WOODS (Cinderella’s Mother/Granny), FREAKY FRIDAY (Monica), HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL (Martha), and SHREK (Fiona). She has been dancing for 10 years, focusing on Classical Ballet, Modern, and Tap.
Dance & Choreography
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.
RICHI SLADE is an aspiring dance educator devoted to empowering and being inspired by others through sharing the art of dance. She is currently pursuing a Bachelors of Science in American Dance Pedagogy through the Ann Lacy School of American Dance and Entertainment at Oklahoma City University. She has had a variety of experiences in teaching, choreographing, and performing, including her past as a competitive dancer and teacher’s assistant at her local studio in Dublin, Georgia, to the current education, training, and performances she’s gaining through college. She has had the opportunity of performing and assisting choreographers for the American Spirit Dance Company, the pleasure of performing featured roles in student-run and virtual dance productions, and has also been a member and choreographer for OCU’s Basketball Pep Dance Team.
ELLIE VALDEZ (she/her) is originally from San Antonio, TX, with a life long history of performing. Her dance background varies from Mexican Folklorico to cheerleading, to Musical Theatre. Other styles she has done include hip hop, contemporary, ballet, tap, and jazz. Performing and creating works that move from a place of purpose and community while creating a culture of consent and safety are some of her passions, no matter which project she is working on. She is a graduate of the University of Central Oklahoma with a degree in Musical Theatre, and is currently working towards her 200 hour yoga certification. She is also continuing her journey in Intimacy Direction training while cultivating a sense of consent and safety within each artistic process. One of her communities is within the YMCA where she was able to create a program for school age kids called Musical Fitness, encouraging kids to get up and move! Ellie has choreographed for some local productions of Footloose, Beauty and the Beast, and Ghost the Musical. Some of her favorite performance credits include LIZZIE and American Idiot! Ellie is stoked to share her passion for art and expression at Kismet Arts!
Acting & Choreography
ELIZABETH DRAGOO is a graduate of the University of Central Oklahoma and holds a Bachelors of Music in Musical Theatre. She has been an active member of the theatre community in Oklahoma for over 20 years and has had the great pleasure of performing with many local theatre companies including: Summerstock Productions, Reduxion Theatre Company, Kismet Arts, The Sooner Theatre, The Pollard, Oklahoma City Theatre Company, Jewel Box Theatre, Carpenter Square Theatre, Poteet Theatre and Lyric Theatre. Elizabeth has directed, choreographed, and taught classes for The Sooner Theatre, El Reno Community Theatre, The Bethany Stage, Oklahoma Center for Arts Education, Yukon High School, and Poteet Theatre. She most recently served as the Artistic Director for The Bethany Stage and is currently on the adjunct musical theatre faculty at the University of Central Oklahoma.