Karilyn is having an awesome 2018 with recent performances that included co-starring in and choreographing an episode of FOX's GOTHAM, returning to Goodspeed Musicals in The Will Rogers Follies ensemble, teaching for Goodspeed's Arts Education Collaboration, and now a returnee to STAGES St. Louis in their current production of Mamma Mia! as Dance Captain. She'll round out the summer and enter autumn as Dance Captain in STAGES St. Louis' season closer, Oklahoma!.
It's a VERY groovy follow up 2017, which saw her in Noah Racey’s Kicking and Screaming at Symphony Space, Milwaukee Repertory Theater’s Guys & Dolls as Martha/Ferguson/Featured Havana Dancer, and Stages St. Louis’ Joseph… as Simeon’s Wife/Mrs. Potiphar u/s. She also had the opportunity to reach the next generation of performers through teaching for Stages St. Louis’ and Milwaukee Repertory Theater’s arts education and teaching artists resident programs.
Karilyn began her dance training in a school gym where her grandmother taught first grade in Tulsa, OK. She took the pre-school after school ballet and tap classes from Miss Julie, while her grandmother graded papers. She later moved to St. Louis, MO, and began studying under Pelagie Green Wren (first African American to perform on The Muny stage) and Danny Clark (a former Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre company member), and studying on scholarship at Missouri State Ballet, now Kansas City Ballet, summer intensives. In high school, after Lee Nolting, Artistic Director Emerita of COCAdance, encouraged her to continue her dance studies and train under her instruction, Karilyn sought a career in dance and theatre. She graduated Summa Cum Laude from Oklahoma City University with a BPA in dance performance, focus on pedagogy and history.
Karilyn's credits include Joey McKneely's acclaimed West Side Story world tour (Consuelo and Anita/Rosalia understudy; Robbin's choreography), Virtue in Goodspeed Musical's Anything Goes, 10 seasons as a Rockette at Radio City Music Hall and on tour, the sultry Arabian in Graham Lustig's A Jazzy Nutcracker, and 16 productions at The Muny in her hometown of St. Louis, MO, including their most recent production of Oklahoma!. Her career has allowed her to work with choreographers and directors such as Gemze de Lappe (Robbins' The King and I and de Mille's Oklahoma!), Susan Stroman (The Merry Widow), Ginger Thatcher, Kelli Barclay (Irving Berlin's White Christmas), Michele Assaf (Aida at Opera Pacific), Paul Blake, Rob Ruggiero, Marc Bruni, Mercedes Ellington, and one of her most beloved teachers, the late Robert L. Reed. She has assisted her mentors, international ballet pedagogues and choreographers, Madame Gabriela Darvash and Kat Wildish, in their New York City master classes.
Karilyn is a proud member of AEA, SAG-AFTRA, and AGMA.