Kiira Schmidt Carper
"There is potential and possibility in every one and I believe in helping each student find their own way to shine."
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 Follies, 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), A Chorus Line (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), 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, in Bejing and at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Highlights of Kiira's choreographic career include: 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, Spamalot, Cabaret, Hair, Damn Yankees, Gyspy, Arabian Nights, and Thoroughly Modern Millie. Kiira has also 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. Kiira has been awarded Excellence in Choreography by the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival for her work in A Funny Thing Happened…Forum at Sam Houston State University and 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee at Texas State University. Kiira holds a B.F.A in Musical Theater from Elon University.