Karilyn is back in NYC and looking forward to groovy things in 2019! She recently performed with the National Tour of Irving Berlin’s White Christmas, directed and choreographed by Tony nominee Randy Skinner. She’s had an awesome year with 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 a return to STAGES St. Louis in their productions of Mamma Mia! And Oklahoma! as Dance Captain.
Karilyn began her arts education in a gymnasium at the elementary school where her grandmother taught first grade in Tulsa, OK. She took after school ballet and tap classes for pre-schoolers, while her grandmother graded papers. Karilyn later moved to St. Louis, MO, and began studying with Pelagie Green Wren and Danny Clark, and studying on scholarship at Kansas City Ballet summer intensives. Lee Nolting, Artistic Director Emerita of COCAdance, saw Karilyn in her high school’s performance of Once Upon A Mattress, and encouraged her to continue her dance studies, training under her instruction. Karilyn was bold in her pursuit, and began a career in dance and theatre, earning her Equity card through The Muny as a teenager. She brought her training full circle, graduating Summa Cum Laude from Oklahoma City University’s School of American Dance and Arts Management with a BFA in dance performance and a minor in history.
Karilyn's credits include the critically hailed West Side Story world tour (Consuelo and Anita/Rosalia understudy; Robbin's choreography), the sultry Havana soloist in Guys and Dolls at Milwaukee Rep, Virtue in Goodspeed Musical's Anything Goes, 10 seasons as the first Native American Rockette, and 16 productions at The Muny. She’s worked with award winning and acclaimed choreographers and directors Randy Skinner, Stephen Mear, Gemze de Lappe, Kelli Barclay, Joey McKneely, Paul Blake, Marc Bruni, and Mercedes Ellington.
She has assisted her mentors, international ballet pedagogues and choreographers, Madame Gabriela Darvash, Jo Rowan, and Kat Wildish, in their master classes from New York to Taipei. She also assisted one of her most beloved mentors, the late Robert L. Reed, at his St. Louis Tap Festival. Karilyn especially enjoys teaching for arts outreach and teaching for artist residency programs like ones at Goodspeed Musicals, Stages St. Louis, and Milwaukee Rep. For Karilyn, those 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 is a proud member of AEA and SAG-AFTRA. She is based in NYC, and continues to grow through performing and ongoing dance, voice, and acting classes.