About Us

Owners
Laurel Cooling

Laurel Cooling

Co-Owner

Miss Laurel brings years of professional acting, singing, and dancing experience to Ovation Group Productions.  She graduated with Honors in Musical Theatre from the University of California at Irvine and has spent the last ten years teaching dance, voice, and acting to children throughout Southern California.  She has written and produced numerous musical productions in schools, summer camps and dance studios.  As a professional actress, Laurel has appeared in TV shows, commercials, and theatrical productions up and down the West Coast, and most recently was a performer and Dance Captain for Disney Cruise Line.  She is a highly praised choreographer and show producer, with credits ranging from children’s theatre to Disney.  In addition to working with co-owner Lisa on the creative aspects of the company, Laurel runs the administrative side of Ovation.  She is also the music editor and arranger for the shows and her voice can be heard on all of Ovation’s practice CDs!  Laurel is the proud mother of her own two mini musical theatre fans, Lily and Ella.

Lisa Schwartz

Lisa Schwartz

Co-Owner

Miss Lisa was born in Los Angeles and attended the Buckley School in Sherman Oaks.  Later she graduated from the University of California at Irvine with Honors in Acting.  She has studied theatre and voice with some of LA’s most noted teachers. In addition to teaching, Miss Lisa is a professional actress with growing credits. Lisa began teaching eight years ago and has since been dedicated to spreading her passion for theatre around Los Angeles and Orange Counties.  Her bright spirit and love for children fills the classroom, and her creative writing skills are an asset to Ovation Group Productions.

About Us

Ovation Performing Arts Center is dedicated to providing an educational experience to children through performing arts. We pride ourselves on giving children an outlet to create their creativity. Whether performing is a child’s lifelong passion or simply an exciting extra-curricular activity, we aim to instill children with a sense of camaraderie, responsibility, dedication, and passion, while also having fun!

Unlike other children’s theatre companies that feature one or two performers in their productions, we write our shows based on the children we have in our classes.  We tailor our shows to the individual actors so that each child is featured and has ample solos and stage time. Our talented team of writers and teachers pride themselves on surpassing parents’ expectations of what a “kids’ show” should look like. We encourage all children to participate and are hailed for our all-inclusive approach.

Our Shows

Ovation’s dedicated team of writers and teachers are committed to providing kid-friendly musicals that showcase each child’s individual talents and give every performer ample stage time!  Every student is given a featured role in our shows, so that each child is given his or her own chance to shine.  We are all about having fun, gaining confidence, achieving goals, and loving who you are!

Instructors

Karri Krause

Manager

Miss Karri was born and raised in Dallas, Texas.  She graduated from the prestigious University of North Carolina School of the Arts, and has thrived professionally as an actor, dancer, and producer throughout New York and Los Angeles.  She has worked many years in marketing, executive, and business management.  She continues to be passionate about health, nutrition, fitness, and building confidence in young minds.  Miss Karri is thrilled to be able to blend both her artistic ability and business sense together by joining this amazing team at Ovation!