KENNY SHEPARD AEA, ASCAP, SDC
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 seen in theaters and classrooms worldwide. He also directs, casts, writes and choreographs for clients across the country including projects starring Tony, Emmy and Oscar winners as well as Broadway and American Idol stars. Kenny is an award winning director (Arizona Theatre Award of Excellence: Swing!) and an Encore Award winning choreographer (Chicago and White Christmas).
Kenny is an adjunct professor in the dance and musical theatre departments at Butler (alma mater), Anderson and Ball State Universities and is a member of the American Association of University Professors (AAUP). He is also an educator for iTheatrics and is featured on their DVD documentary, Spectrum of Hope. 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 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 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. CA
produces, directs and choreographs musical theatre, and theatrical projects ranging from intimate burlesque shows to concert tours to elaborate opening ceremonies starring Grammy, CMA, and Dove Award winning artists as well as Olympians and superstar athletes. Carol was a resident director and choreographer for Jean Ann Ryan Productions and their fleet of cruise ships for Norwegian Cruise Lines and also served as the director and choreographer for the NBA Pacer's Pacemates. For Sandi Patty, Carol choreographed The World Premiere of Le Voyage and national concert tours.
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, La Cage Aux Folles, Cole, Godspell and It Shoulda Been You; co-choreographed Chicago and, along with Kenny Shepard directed and choreographed their top selling I Love a Piano. Also with Kenny, Carol directed and choreographed the hit revues: Disco Nights and Heartbreak Hotel for American Cabaret Theatre as well as Lashes Off for IndyFringe. Carol also directed and choreographed IndyFringe's top selling revue starring jazz artist Deb Mullins and "her Debutantes." Other musical theatre productions choreographed by Carol and Kenny include The Full Monty and Victor/Victoria for American Cabaret Theatre and Annie Get Your Gun for BobDirex. The two also paired to direct and choreograph Swing! for Little Theatre on the Square, The Broadway Palm, Arizona's Broadway Palm West and The Dutch Apple.
Carol also directs and choreographs large scale events including the Opening Ceremonies for The World Police and Fire Games, the Opening Ceremonies for Special Olympics, Indianapolis' Circle of Lights with a live crowd of 100,000, 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/"Two Ladies"); Chicago (Go-To-Hell Kitty); Godspell (Player); Gypsy (Electra); Hairspray (Velma Von Tussle); 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.