Meet the Director
Leah Kolar holds her Masters Degree in Stage Directing from the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, NY. Leah received her Bachelors Degrees in Vocal Performance and Music Education from Eastman and furthered her performance studies at the Royal Northern College of Music In Manchester, England. Leah served the University of West Florida as Assistant Professor of Musical Theatre and head of the Musical Theatre BFA Degree Program prior to moving back home to Nebraska. Leah has taught voice at Nebraska Wesleyan University in Lincoln, NE and was a Guest Artist for the University of Memphis in Memphis, TN and Creighton University in Omaha, NE. Leah also served the West Central NATS (National Association of Teachers of Singing) as Musical Theatre Master Class Technician for the NATS convention in Hays, Kansas. Leah has been the director of operas at the Lakes Area Music Festival in Minnesota for many years as well. Leah is the founder and Artistic Director for Theatre Arts For Kids, a thriving non-profit musical theatre company for youth with branches in California, Florida, and Nebraska for the last 16 years.
Leah's directing and coreography credits encompass all forms of lyric theatre including musical theatre, operetta, opera, and children's theatre. Most recently, Leah's work has been seen on stage in Thoroughly Modern Millie Jr. (TAFK 2016), Annie Jr. (TAFK 2016), Sound of Music G2K (TAFK 2016), Godspell Jr (TAFK 2016), Addams Family (2016), Joseph & The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (TAFK 2016), Mary Poppins (TAFK 2016), Hansel and Gretel (Basement Opera 2015), 101 Dalmatians Kids (TAFK 2016) Alice In Wonderland Jr (2015), Aristocats Kids (TAFK 2015), Cinderella G2K (TAFK 2015), Once On This Island Jr. (TAFK 2015), Into The Woods (TAFK 2015), Hansel and Gretel (LAMF 2014), La Cenerentola (LAMF 2013), Wizard of Oz (TAFK 2013), Seussical JR (TAFK 2013), Annie (TAFK 2013), A Little Princess (YAAL 2012), Magic Flute (LAMF 2012), How I Became A Pirate National Tour (Music Dir. Rose), Joseph & The Amazing Technicolor Dream Coat (TAFK CA 2012), Sweeney Todd (YAAL 2012), By Bye Birdie (YAAL 2012), Urinetown (Creighton 2012), Brigadoon (UWF 2011), Grease (UWF 2010), Put A Ring On It (UWF 2010), Pippin (UWF 2009), and Cabaret (ESM 2009). Other notable works include: Me & My Girl, Cinderella, Oliver, Beauty & The Beast, Once On This Island, Oklahoma, Into The Woods, Once Upon A Mattress, A Little Night Music, The Merry Widow, Don Giovanni, The Star Child, and countelss musical theatre and opera scenes programs.
Leah’s performance credits include solo and recital engagements with the University of West Florida (Pensacola, FL), Eastman Philharmonic Orchestra (Rochester, NY), Eastman Opera Theatre, Eastman Chorale, Royal Northern College of Music (Manchester, England), Diablo Light Opera Company (Walnut Creek, CA), The G& S Musical Theatre Company (Poughkeepsie, NY), Fourth Wall Productions (Poughkeepsie, NY), WomenSing (Walnut Creek, CA), Aksarben Arts Council (Omaha, NE), Oberlin in Italy (Urbania, Italy), The Elkhorn Valley Community Theatre, and more. Leah has also been featured as soprano soloist for countless sacred works at churches throughout the United States.
In addition to her work with Theatre Arts For Kids, Leah has a thriving voice studio teaching children, teens, and adults to sing. Leah is married to Ben Kolar and they have two kids, Mij (7) & Avi (2).