Who We Are
Cristela Carrizales (Artistic Director) is a respected Oklahoma City actor, singer, improviser and director. She has appeared in a number of stage productions around OKC. Highlights include Veronica in The Motherf**ker With The Hat at KnockDown DragOut; Sponge in James & The Giant Peach and Phantom in The Rocky Horror Show at Lyric Theatre; Christmas Eve in Avenue Q at The Pollard Theatre; Helen in Fat Pig and Susan in [title of show] for Ghostlight Theatre Club; Puck in A Midsummer Night's Dream, Dionne in Hair, Charlotte Lucas in Pride & Prejudice for Reduxion Theatre. Directing credits include The Man From Earth for Ghostlight Theatre Club and Same Time, Next Year for Oklahoma City Theatre Company. In addition to her scripted work, Cristela regularly performs at OKC Improv with troupes Night Rhymers, BitSing, and NEXT! Other credits include producing and starring in her one-woman show Short, Round & Brown. One-Woman. Plus. and appearing in the films in Cowgirls 'n Angels starring James Cromwell and Just Crazy Enough starring Chris Kattan. Cristela has taught acting to children, teenagers and adults intermittently since 1992 and is currently the Artistic Director of OKC Improv.
Corie Melaugh (Musical Director) Corie Melaugh is a music director, vocal coach, pianist, and orchestrator/arranger in the Oklahoma City metro area. She earned degrees in piano and violin performance from Oklahoma City University (OCU) and a master of Music in Vocal Coaching from the same. She has worked at renowned summer festivals around the US, including Brevard Music Festival. She is co-founder and music director of The City Cabaret, co-founder and past music director of OCU OPERAtions, and serves as music director for OCU's performances and summer intensives with the Tianjin Conservatory of Music in Tianjin, China.
Emily Etherton (Managing Director) has been steadily involved in the OKC artistic community for almost two decades as an actor, singer, writer, and director. She is a founding member of KnockDownDragOut Productions and Ghostlight Theatre Club, and co-writes their annual original (and wildly irreverent) Christmas show, Screw the Eggnog, Pass the Rum. Acting highlights include Victoria in The Motherf**ker with the Hat for KnockDownDragOut, Heidi in [title of show] for Ghostlight Theatre Club, Nurse Ratched in One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest at Jewel Box Theatre, and Brunhilde in Das Barbecu at Carpenter Square Theatre. Directing credits include Neil LaBute's "Beauty Plays": The Shape of Things, Fat Pig, andreasons to be pretty, for Ghostlight.