Kaia Monroe Rarick
Associate Professor of Theatre
Office: Lyman Center Hall B17
Phone: (203) 392-6106
About Professor Kaia
Professor Monroe Rarick is an Associate Professor of Theatre at SCSU with specializations in voice, movement and acting, as well as Chair of the department. A member of Actor’s Equity, she has performed regionally with Missouri Rep, Weston Playhouse, Hope Repertory Theatre, the Fulton, Geva, American Stage Festival, the Texas Shakespeare Festival, Theatre 4, and the Kennedy Center. She has also been the dance captain of the national tours of Swingtime Canteen and Joseph. Her recent directing credits include Goodspeed New Works Fest and “Twelfth Night” with Capital Shakespeare in Hartford. She has been a guest teaching-artist at Long Wharf Theatre’s Education Lab, Salve Regina University and ECA. Previously, she taught at Cornell College and the School for Film and Television in New York City.
Professor Monroe Rarick’s directing credits at SCSU include Some Girls, which earned a KCACTF Merit Award for Artistic Excellence and Circle Mirror Transformation, which received the KCACTF Merit Award for Outstanding Ensemble. The first show she music directed for SCSU – Godspell – was chosen as a 2015 Festival Production. Out of the last four years her coaching has resulted in three of her students advancing to the final round of the regional Irene Ryan Acting Scholarship Competition, with one student winning the region and going on to nationals in Washington, DC. She has also been nominated numerous times for the J. Phillip Smith Outstanding Teacher Award.
Professor Monroe Rarick received her MFA in acting from the University of Missouri-Kansas City, and did post-graduate study at Dell’Arte School of Physical Theatre. She holds a 200-hour certification in Ishta Yoga and has a full roster of private voice students.