The mission of KidsAlive! is to provide a youth theatre experience for children of all abilities designed to foster
excellence in leadership, teamwork, and the ability to inspire other youth through the power of musical theatre.
Founder and Executive Director
Shawna Linck is an award winning performer and director who has spearheaded youth theatre programs in Piedmont, Yukon and OKC. She spent a brief period of time doing veterinary work, but realized she had a different calling when she staged a production of Cats with all the dogs at the animal clinic . The founder of KidsAlive!, Shawna has successfully coached hundreds of performing children and adults in the metro area, and directed and/or choreographed over 50 productions in the last 16 years. She is well known for incorporating yoga into her classes to give the students a calm foundation in which to work, and also because nothing gets a student more pumped to act than twisting your body into a pretzel on a rubber mat while listening to sitar music and Enya. Favorite youth productions include: 101 Dalmatians, Aristocats, Annie, Beauty and the Beast, Little Mermaid, Seussical, Pinocchio and her own version of Three Little Pigs. Shawna was awarded the Broadway Jr Spirit Award and named a Freddie G Fellow at the 2017 Junior Theatre Festival.
Director of Outreach and Operations
Chad Haney is a music director, instructor, and accompanist having worked at a number of churches and theaters. Music directing credits include Seussical, Jr., The Little Mermaid, Jr. Wizard of Oz, YPE, and Peter Pan. He has been working at KidsAlive! since his sons decided that they needed rides to every single KA! event, class, rehearsal, or just spare time to sit in the studios and breathe in the joy of music theatre. He is currently the music director at New Covenant Christian Church in OKC. Outside of music, he is the Director of Development at the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma. He started juggling as a young lad, but now mostly only juggles responsibilities.
Alex Prather was hatched out of a music theatre egg in the Jungle of Nool, where he was raised by a bread thief with a lovely tenor voice. He began doing improv comedy around the time he started studying philosophy because something's gotta give, right? He has been Artistic Directing at KidsAlive! since Shawna and Chad decided to throw caution to the wind, and ever since he has been make small adjustments to the website to amuse himself-- specifically making small adjustments to all of these bios.
Alex Dancing at the 2019 Junior Theatre Festival.
Photo courtesy of the Music Theatre International instagram.
Board of Directors
Lucas Ross - President
Billie Rodely - Vice President
Carol Ringrose Alexander - Treasurer
Joni Nelson - Secretary
Joan A. Corbin