Dr. Carrie Klofach is a professional actor, singer, musical theater educator, and voice teacher. She specializes in teaching musical theatre and Contemporary Commercial Music (CCM) vocal technique. Klofach is a versatile soprano who has appeared in musicals, operas, concerts, and recitals throughout the United States. Some of her favorite regional theatre credits include: Marcy the Stage Manager in The First National Tour of VeggieTales Live, Kala in Tarzan, Miss Andrew in Mary Poppins, Mother Abbess in The Sound of Music, Olive in The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, Cat in the Hat in Seussical, and Baker’s Wife in Into the Woods. She has premiered musicals including The Quiltmaker’s Gift as the Quiltmaker at Phoenix Theatre under the direction of Michael Barnard. Klofach can be heard on the perusal CD as the Quiltmaker available through Dramatic Publishing. Klofach’s honesty on stage and study of acting as an art form has garnered her much praise and continues to aid her in teaching her students. She has been fortunate to work with many notable musical theatre coaches/composers including Georgia Stitt, Andrew Lippa, Seth Rudetsky, Andrew Byrne, Carmel Dean, and Zina Goldrich. She is part of the Equity Membership Candidate Program (EMC) thorough the stage actors’ union Actors’ Equity, which allows actors to credit theatrical work in certain Equity theatres towards eventual membership in Equity.
As a crossover artist, Klofach’s operatic credits include Susannah in Carlisle Floyd’s Susannah, Nero in L’incoronazione di Poppea, La Ciesca in Gianni Schicchi, and Diana in Orphée aux enfers. In 2001, she won the Arizona State University Concerto Competition and performed “Dupuis le jour” from Louise by Charpentier with the ASU Symphony Orchestra.
Before joining the faculty at Milligan, Dr. Klofach served on the voice faculties of New Mexico State University and Estrella Mountain Community College in Arizona. She has taught with the Vocal Prep program at Arizona State University and worked with Bender Performing Arts Studio as a musical theatre teacher, voice instructor, and the music director for the musical. She has served as music director for several shows including Seussical, Shout the Mod Musical, A Grand Night for Singing, and Meet Me in St. Louis.
Dr. Klofach holds a bachelor’s in vocal performance from Grand Canyon University, a master’s in musical theatre performance, and a doctorate in vocal performance both from Arizona State University. Her research interests include the Art Songs of Georgia Stitt: Hybridity in Art Song and Musical Theatre. She is certified in Somatic Voicework™, the LoVetri Method –a “body-based method of vocal training which draws from many disciplines” and incorporates these principles in her teaching and personal performing. She continues to study the science of singing and is a member of the National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS) and Musical Theatre Educators’ Alliance (MTEA).