Kari Cherie Smith, a native of Nashville, has enjoyed teaching theatre and dance for over 17 years in the Middle Tennessee area. With a background in performance, dance, directing, education and choreography, Smith holds a Theatre and English Education degree from Lipscomb University and was a four-year member of the Vanderbilt Dance Team. She has a Master of Arts in Fine Arts and Theatre from Cumberland University.
Smith taught theatre, English, and dance at Centennial High School and Ravenwood High School for eleven years before coming to Lipscomb in 2013 to teach and serve as the recruiting coordinator for the department.
Smith is also the co-director of Lipscomb's Foundation Dance Theatre and the annual dance concert, Elevate, and she also teaches at Dancer's Edge in Brentwood and serves as Artistic Director at Towne Centre Theatre. She is the co-director of the Nashville High School Musical Theatre Awards, also known as the Spotlight Awards, which is a partnership between Lipscomb and TPAC to promote, celebrate, and encourage local high school theatre programs.
Smith has enjoyed performing, directing, choreographing and working as a teaching artist at many universities and theatre companies around town, including Nashville Children's Theatre, Blackbird Theater Company, Springhouse Theatre, Chaffin's Barn, and Towne Centre Theatre. Recent roles include Kathy Selden (Singing in the Rain), Nancy (Oliver), Sandra (All Shook Up), Adelaide (Guys and Dolls), Lois Lane/Bianca (Kiss Me Kate), Lola (Damn Yankees), Mae (Pajama Game), Tess (Crazy for You), Tessie Tura (Gypsy), and the Witch (Into the Woods).
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