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Kiira Schmidt Carper

Kiira


Kiira Schmidt’s professional performance career in New York City spans over 10 years. Kiira's Broadway credits include the Grammy and Tony Award-winning Anything Goes; The Mystery of Edwin Drood; Irving Berlin's White Christmas; No No Nanette (NYCC); Stairway to Paradise (NYCC); and the Follies revival starring Bernadette Peters, in which her portrayal of "Margie" earned her a feature in broadway.com's GOTTA DANCE photo and video series. Kiira was also fortunate to represent Follies in the 2012 Tony Awards, performing “Buddy's Blues” alongside Tony-nominee Danny Burstein. She has performed with the national tours of Fame, Crazy for You, and A Chorus Line, and regional highlights include Mame (The Kennedy Center), Cats (The MUNY), The Bandwagon (The Old Globe), Oklahoma (Papermill Playhouse), West Side Story (Barrington Stage; NC Theater), White Christmas (The Fox Theater), Sweet Charity (Gateway Playhouse), A Chorus Line (Gateway Playhouse), Chicago (Riverside Theater), Damn Yankees, Gypsy, Show Boat, and Grease. Globally, Kiira has won international dance festival awards in Prague and Barcelona and played the iconic Cyd Charisse in Broadway Asia's groundbreaking original musical, Real to Reel, at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and in Bejiing. Offstage, she has been associate choreographer to Emmy Winner and Tony-nominated Joshua Bergasse, having worked with him on NBC's hit TV show SMASH, as well as the theatrical productions of It’s a Bird...Its a Plane...Its Superman, West Side Story, Warner Brother's Secondhand Lions, Little Me, and the Fred Astaire Awards. Highlights of Kiira's own choreography include: Spamalot, Cabaret, Hair, Damn Yankees, Gyspy, Arabian Nights, and Thoroughly Modern Millie. From 2014- 2015 Kiira served as Visiting Assistant Professor of Musical Theater at Sam Houston State Univeristy. There she was awarded a Merit Award for Excellence in Choreography by the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival for her work in SHSU’s production of A Funny Thing Happened…Forum. Kiira holds a B.F.A in Musical Theater from Elon University.