KENNY SHEPARD AEA, ASCAP, SDC, AAUP
is an on-camera choreographer for the Disney Collection of DVDs for Broadway Jr. titles including Aladdin Jr., Alice in Wonderland Jr., Disney's The Jungle Book KIDS, Mulan Jr., and Disney's Sleeping Beauty KIDS used in theaters and classrooms worldwide. Kenny wrote and line produced Both Sides Now/The Twin Towers Benefit, Ballet to Broadway/AEA Fights AIDS and The Michael Awards for Fashion. He is also an award winning director (Arizona Theatre Award of Excellence: Swing!) and an Encore Award winning choreographer (Chicago and White Christmas). Kenny is a guest director and/or choreographer for Actor's Theatre of Indiana (I Love a Piano); Beef and Boards (Fiddler on the Roof, Winnie the Pooh); Theatre on the Square (Enter Love); The Phoenix Theatre (The Legend of Georgia McBride, Silence, The Musical); BobDirex (Billy Elliot, Dreamgirls, Jesus Christ Superstar, Spamalot); and for Anderson University's Boze Lyric Theatre (Rose and the Rime, Violet, The Marvelous Wonderettes, Gypsy, How to Succeed..., Grand Night for Singing, Children of Eden, Little Women, She Loves Me, Seussical, And the World Goes Round). With Red Boat Productions, Kenny co-created and directed IndyFringe's top selling show: 465 Sex Drive. Kenny is an adjunct professor in the dance and musical theatre departments at Butler (alma mater), Anderson and Ball State Universities.For Macmillan/McGraw-Hill Kenny is an on-camera choreographer for the curriculum based DVD series, Spotlight on Music used in classrooms nation-wide. He is also a frequent choreographer for theatre for young artists for The Lilly Theatre/Children's Museum of Indianapolis and was a contributing consultant and on-camera choreographer for the museum's exhibit, DANCE! presented by the Galleries of American Art and Popular Culture. Kenny is also an on-camera choreographer for Perfect Harmony with Michael Feinstein's Great Amercian Songbook Foundation. Kenny is a guest instructor for both the Gregory Hancock Dance Theatre Academy and for Booth Tarkington's Jr. Civic Theatre. Former collegiate and dance students have careers including Broadway, National Tours, Disney, ballet and modern dance companies and credits including America's Got Talent, World of Dance, and So You Think You Can Dance.
Onstage, Kenny played Off-Broadway in Mercedes Ellington's swing show, This Joint is Jumpin' at the legendary Edison Ballroom. He's also performed in over 100 regional theatre productions including A Chorus Line (Mark); The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas (Narrator); Cabaret (Victor/Two Ladies); CATS (Munkustrap); Hello, Dolly! (Ambrose); La Cage Aux Folles (Hanna); Virginia Opera's Oklahoma! (dream ballet); Shrek (Papa Ogre/Papa Bear); Some Enchanted Evening (Will); West Side Story (Action); The Wizard of Oz (Scarecrow) and over 1000 performances in Disney World/Hollywood Studios' Beauty and the Beast (Belle's Prince). Kenny also performed in resort shows in Atlantic City and Branson and aboard world cruise ships for NCL and RCL touring North and South America, Africa, Europe, Scandinavia and Russia. Recently, Kenny performed with The Indianapolis and Baltimore Symphony Orchestras' On Broadway with Kander and Ebb, starring Broadway Phantom, Ted Keegan and Tony winner, Beth Leavel, and choreographed and performed in Michael Feinstein's All Together Now!, the gala fundraiser for the Center for the Performing Arts at the Palladium in Carmel. A
choreographed the World Premiere of Le Voyage for Sandi Patty and choreographed her national concert tours. She was also a resident director and choreographer for Norwegian Cruise Lines with Jean Ann Ryan Productions as well as a featured dancer and swing aboard their fleet. Nationally, Carol worked for the NBA as director and choreographer for the Indiana Pacer's Pacemates.
Carol is a frequent performer, director and choreographer for Actor's Theatre of Indiana at the Center for the Performing Arts. With ATI, Carol directed and choreographed Gypsy, choreographed Cabaret, Cole, La Cage Aux Folles, Godspell and It Shoulda Been You; co-choreographed Chicago and, along with Kenny Shepard directed and choreographed their top selling I Love a Piano. Carol and Kenny's shows for IndyFringe are consistent, top selling hits of the festival. Her most recent success was as director and choreographer for jazz artist Deb Mullins and her "Debutantes."
Carol directed and choreographed the Opening Ceremonies for The World Police and Fire Games, and most recently, Rock and Roar celebrating the 100th running of the Indianapolis 500.
Carol's performance credits include lead dancer in the David Merrick/National Broadway Tour of 42nd Street and Virtue in The Lincoln Center/National Broadway Tour of Anything Goes starring Leslie Uggams. Other credits include A Chorus Line (Cassie and Val); Annie (Lilly St. Regis); Cabaret (Texas); Chicago (Go-To-Hell Kitty); Godspell (Player); Gypsy (Electra); Hairspray (Velma); Swing! (Principal Singer); and Ziegfeld: A Night at the Follies (Mitzi). Carol also performed as a featured singer/dancer in Yuletide Celebration with the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra and with the King's Six USO Show touring Europe with the Department of Defense.
Locally, Carol teaches master classes for the Carmel Center for Performing Arts' Dance Discovery Series at the Palladium. Nationally, she is an adjudicator, educator and choreographer for iTheatrics and Broadway Jr.
CAROL and KENNY
produce, direct, and choreograph musical theatre and theatrical projects ranging from intimate burlesque shows to concert tours to elaborate opening ceremonies starring Oscar, Tony, Grammy, Emmy, CMA, and Dove Award winning artists as well as American Idol stars, Olympians and superstar athletes. Large scale events include Special Olympics Opening Ceremonies, The Circle of Lights, and The Kennedy Center's Family Theatre Opening Celebration. Kenny and Carol also pair to create musical revues, cabarets and concerts including Disco Nights, Heartbreak Hotel, 465 Sex Drive and Lashes Off. Favorite collaborations are as co-directors and choreographers for musical theatre. Hits include include Swing! for Little Theatre on the Square, Broadway Palm, Arizona's Broadway Palm West, American Cabaret Theatre and The Dutch Apple, as well as Victor/Victoria and The Full Monty for American Cabaret Theatre and Annie Get Your Gun for BobDirex. With iTheatrics/Broadway Jr. the two line produced choreography resource DVDs for the Disney KIDS Collection seen worldwide. Carol and Kenny directed/choreographed Actors Theatre of Indiana's top selling show, I Love a Piano and have worked together as choreographer (Carol) and dance captain (Kenny) for ATI's Chicago and La Cage Aux Folles and for Bright Star with the Phoenix Theatre Indianapolis. Kenny and Carol produce, direct and choreograph as a team and individually.