McKenna Carr has been captivated by theatre since the age of three, after sitting awestruck through a local performance of The Sound of Music.
Having graduated in 2019 from Concordia University Irvine with a B.A. in Theatre – with an Acting and Directing emphasis – along with minors in Musical Theatre and Global Cultural Studies, McKenna immediately went to work for Missoula Children’s Theatre (MCT). MCT is internationally known for bringing theatre to every kind of community with the goal of “the development of life skills in children through participation in the performing arts.” While working for MCT, McKenna was able to flourish in every aspect she loves about theatre; between teaching, acting, and directing, her passions were fueled daily as she mentored children in elementary, middle, and high school to explore their imaginations and emotions to bring a musical to life.
While studying at Concordia University Irvine, McKenna had the opportunity to teach children through theatre while travelling internationally with the school’s Around-the-World (ATW) program. This ATW experience allowed her to sharpen her teaching skills and exercise her ability to share theatrical experiences on a global level. Beyond teaching in the classroom, McKenna and her colleagues performed street theatre in Athens, Greece to team up with “Abolishion” to create awareness about the abundance of ignored sex-trafficking occurring in the city. She also helped choreograph “Go, Go, Go, Joseph”, for the City of Refuge Ministries’ production of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, as well as helping them design, build, and paint set pieces for the production. McKenna has also performed with her women’s choir, Donne di Canto, in Vienna, Austria.
Her time at university also allowed her opportunities to be a part of a plethora of works in a variety of roles. From her time spent with set design and prop mastery, to running lights and sound boards, McKenna garnered many abilities and an appreciation of all that goes into a production. However, she has found her favorite place to be is on the stage.
Upon recently moving to Dallas, Texas, McKenna hopes to continue her passion for theatre through the continuation of performing locally as well as through teaching the next generation the thrills and delights she herself has been blessed by through the theatre.