Kiira Schmidt Carper

Department of Drama

Assistant Professor, Musical Theater

Kiira Schmidt Carper

Syracuse Stage/Department of Drama Theater Complex
820 East Genesee Street
Syracuse, NY 13210-1508

Kiira Schmidt Carper joins the Department of Drama as an assistant professor of musical theater in Fall 2020. At Syracuse University, Schmidt will teach classes in jazz and tap technique, musical theater dance styles, and dance wellness, including yoga.

Prior to joining Syracuse University, Schmidt was an assistant professor of practice at Texas State University from 2015-2020, where she taught musical theater jazz, ballet technique, dance anatomy, and choreographed Ragtime, Legally Blonde, Guys and Dolls and The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee. Prior to Texas State University, she was a visiting assistant professor at Sam Houston State University from 2013-2015, where she taught tap, jazz, musical theater dance styles, audition techniques, and choreographed Hair, Cabaret, and A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum.

Broadway performance credits include the Grammy- and Tony Award-winning Mystery of Edwin Drood (2012 revival); Follies (2011 revival); Anything Goes (2011 revival); Irving Berlin's White Christmas (2008, 2009); No No Nanette (NYCC); and Stairway to Paradise (NYCC). Schmidt represented Follies in the 2012 Tony Awards, performing “Buddy's Blues” alongside Tony nominee Danny Burstein. Schmidt also contributed to ongoing research, “Negotiating the Craft of the Triple Threat,” at Texas State University.

Schmidt’s choreography was recognized by Austin Critics Table Awards, which awarded Texas State University’s production of Ragtime “Best Production of 2018.” In 2016 Schmidt was awarded “Excellence in Choreography” by the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival for The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee at Texas State University as well as in 2013 for A Funny Thing Happened…Forum at Sam Houston State University.

Schmidt earned a B.F.A. in musical theater (with honors) in 2003 from Elon University. She also earned her 200-hr yoga teacher certification in 2018 and has been a proud member of Actors’ Equity since 2005.


B.F.A., Elon University