Karilyn is a NYC based performing artist who works as a dancer, actor, singer, and teaching artist. She loves the performing arts for the way in which she can step into new circumstances and develop a character and always learn something new about herself and the world with every production. From drama to comedy and spectacular entertainment in between, her stage credits include being the first Native American Rockette, National Tour of Irving Berlin’s White Christmas, International Tour of West Side Story, and over 20 total regional productions at The Goodspeed, Milwaukee Rep, Stages St. Louis, and Muny. Her TV credits include Gotham and Saturday Night Live. She’s worked with award winning and acclaimed choreographers, directors, and producers Randy Skinner, Stephen Mear, Mark Clements, Kelli Barclay, Paul Blake, and the late Gemze de Lappe. Karilyn’s own choreography has been feature on FOX’s Gotham.
Karilyn is also passionate about arts education. From New York to Taipei, she has assisted her mentors, international ballet masters and choreographers, Madame Gabriela Darvash, Jo Rowan, and Kat Wildish, in their master classes. She has also assisted one of her most beloved mentors, the late Robert L. Reed, at his St. Louis Tap Festival. She especially enjoys teaching for arts outreach artist residency programs like the ones at Goodspeed Musicals, Stages St. Louis, and Milwaukee Rep. They are the types of programs that introduced her to her first dance classes, and they’re some of the best places to spark new ideas and experiences.
Karilyn’s performing arts career began as a preschooler in an after school dance program in her school’s gymnasium in Tulsa, OK. She dove deeper with formal studio training in St. Louis and Kansas City, MO (with the occasional “commercial break” to dip her toe in gymnastics, Japanese sumi-e, and learning how to play a few musical instruments). Karilyn earned a BPA in Dance Performance, history minor, from Oklahoma City University.