Kära Ernst-Schalk is a professional performer, director, choreographer and educator who brings over 30 years of teaching experience to RG Performing Arts Studio.
She has performed professionally at dinner theaters, repertory companies, cruise lines and theme parks throughout the country including Bombshell Theatre Company (Milwaukee), Emerald City Theatre (Chicago), The Fireside Dinner Theatre (Fort Atkinson), Holland America Cruise Lines, Busch Gardens-Williamsburg, Colonial Williamsburg.
Professional direction credits include The Wizard of Oz (Bombshell Theatre Company), Peter and the Starcatcher (The Racine Theatre Guild), The Odd Couple (Fleeing Artists Theatre), Chicago (Union Grove High School). She is an award winning choreographer whose professional choreography credits include Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (Bombshell Theatre Company), The Fantasticks (Carthage College), Mary Poppins and The Music Man (Racine Theatre Guild) along with dance team and competition choreography.
She will be a guest director with Virginia Repertory Theatre the summer of 2024.
Kära holds her BFA in Musical Theatre from University of Wisconsin – Stevens Point. She received her acting training from The Strasberg Theater Institute (New York) and her dance training from The Milwaukee Ballet, DanceWorks and Broadway Dance Center. She is also a certified Special Education and Reading Teacher with the Racine Unified School District.