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Tulsa Youth Cabaret Founder & director, Ashlee Elmore

Ashlee Elmore, Bachelors of Music Education, Masters of Music Education

Ashlee Elmore holds a Masters Degree in Music Education from the University of Oklahoma and has been teaching in both private and public settings for over 20 years now. After establishing numerous successful programs across the state, Elmore relocated to Tulsa in 2013 to become the Artistic Director of the Tulsa Children's Chorus. Under her direction, the group thrived and expanded, ultimately landing them the highest possible honor of a chorus in the state of Oklahoma, being named an Oklahoma Music Educators Association Honor Group. Since that time, Elmore went on to focus on her direct passion of Musical Theater by serving as Music Director for area theater companies, such as American Theater Company and Theatre Tulsa. She has directed Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Elf, Annie, Lion King and A Christmas Carol. Some of her performance highlights were as Laurie in "Oklahoma!",  "Rose" in "Bye, Bye, Birdie" and as Madelaine True in Theatre Pops' recent hit production of "Wild Party". Through her work in local theater, combined with having incredibly talented vocalists in her private voice studio, Elmore started Tulsa Youth Cabaret with 13 singers in June of 2017. Since that time, and expanding to over 40 singers, the group has been seen in Theatre Tulsa's Evita, with the African Children's Choir, in two SummerStage Festival performances at the Tulsa Performing Arts Center, to name a few, landing them in front of, cumulatively, over 30,000 people. Most recently, Tulsa Youth Cabaret was named a finalist for Oklahoma Music Educators Association Honor Group, with a chance to perform for educators at the state convention, as an exemplary group. 

See and Hear Ashlee Elmore

 Elmore loves to sing and perform all over the state, varying from rock to jazz and even as a dueling pianist. Learn about her upcoming performances and watch video of her performing here

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TYC Choreographer & Instructor: Kara Staiger

Kara Staiger, B.F.A., M.E.

Perhaps you've seen her as the legendary Nellie Lovett in Theatre Tulsa's recent production of "Sweeney Todd" or as beloved "Mrs. Potts" in "Beauty and the Beast"! Whether she's dancing, singing or acting, Kara is a delight to watch and interact with, if you have the privilege. Kara, most recently, did the stunning choreography for Theatre Tulsa's production of Lion King, amidst a long list of show choreographing that goes back over a decade. 

Kara holds an undergraduate degree in Musical Theater from Oklahoma City University, of Broadway and Kristin Chenoweth fame. Being the sixth best musical theater school in the nation produced one of our region's most skilled and stunning performers in Kara Staiger. She has been a staff dance instructor at the Patti Parrish School of Dance since 2003 and has not only gone on to star in over 17 stage productions and direct or choreograph over 16 shows, but she somehow managed to find time to get her Masters Degree in Education, too! No better way for your child to learn how to become a triple threat than to learn from one of the greatest triple threats! Kara choreographs our group numbers and teaches  Musical Theater at Tulsa Youth Cabaret. She also gives vocal lessons to  TYC Students.

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kia hightower, production director

Bachelors Degree in Theatre

This community is fortunate to have the talents and experience that KIA HIGHTOWER will be bringing to this production. Kia is a powerhouse and magician when it comes to kids. She holds a Bachelor's Degree in Theatre and runs the Speech & Drama Deparment at Glenpool High School, where she has co-produced The Little Mermaid and Grease and additionally just finished a successful summer run as Theatre Education Coordinator with Theatre Tulsa, overseeing Aladdin Jr. and Rent School Edition. If you haven't seen Kia on stage in local productions of Almost Maine, Neat, Ragtime, Mr. Burns: A Post-Electric Play or directing one of your kids, you have probably seen her on your computer screen acting in commercials and films, where she is signed with Magna Talent Agency! Kia is also an Orbit Educator for the Orbit Initiative.