Megan has had a passion for the theater since the young age of three, when her parents took her to see summer children’s theater presentations at Starlight Theater in Kansas City, Missouri. She sat on the edge of her seat as the children in the cast of Peter Pan took flight. When the Fairy Godmother changed Cinderella’s dress into a beautiful ballgown, Megan let out a squeal. She was hooked! By the end of each play she attended, she was singing the songs at the top of her lungs. (Which she secretly does to this day!) Megan and her sister loved to act out plays in their living room, from short plays they made up, to sing-a-longs like The Wizard of Oz, and Megan’s favorite, Annie!
But it was not until high school drama class in California that she got to spread her wings onstage. Megan fell in love with the art of improvisation and performed in many plays, such as James and the Giant Peach, and Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream. She went on to graduate from Avila University in Kansas City. Megan has over 20 years of experience as an educator, helping children to discover their strengths and find their voices. She is thrilled to share her love of theater, and help children learn and grow through Drama Kids!
Carina graduated Cum Laude from the University of California, Irvine,with a B.A. in Drama, and Honors in Musical Theatre. A proud member of Actors Equity Association, her performance experience includes New York City theatre, national tours, regional theatre, web series, commercials, and cast album recordings, as well as international work as an actress and principal vocalist for The Walt Disney Company and Universal Studios.
A seasoned and enthusiastic teacher and director, Carina has more than a decade of experience teaching acting and vocal students ranging in age from toddler to adult, and directing plays and musicals for kids of all ages. Highlights of this experience include teaching musical theatre classes for elementary aged students at the acclaimed Atlantic Acting School, directing and choreographing an original youth musical for Inside Broadway in New York City, and working as a show installation director for U.K. based Belinda King Creative Productions, directing professional singers and dancers in theatrical shows for Holland America Cruise Line. Carina firmly believes that “drama develops kids” and is thrilled to help kids discover the joy of creativity through Drama Kids!
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