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​Kait Kingston

TPS Founder & Director
Instructor in: Voice, Acting, Ha
rmonica, Music Theory, Beginning Piano as well as an Auditions & Performance Coach

Kait Kingston has been a performer since she could walk. Starting out as a super shy little girl on Virginia Tanner's LAP for her very first modern dance class at Tanner Dance school in SLC, UT, Kait began her career as a performer at the age of 5. Continuing on in dance, Kait became a company member with the Children's Dance Theatre Co. (CDT) and for the next 7 years, she was able to perform year-round with the company both locally and abroad in Canada, Norway, Sweden and Denmark. Kait was also chosen as the little girl/"Daughter" in the Doris Humphrey piece Day On Earth, where she toured nationally with Repertory Dance Theatre (RDT), an adult dance company also based in SLC, UT. At the age of 12, Kait developed rheumatoid arthritis which effectively ended her dance career. Once in high school, Kait returned to performing in her school's rock band Rowtown, at Rowland-Hall St. Mark's as the band's drummer. There, she began singing backup vocals and realizing her love for musical performance. Kait then attended the University of Utah where she received her BFA from the Actor Training Program, then directed by the late, great Kenneth Washington. It was through Kenneth that Kait learned the core of her acting skills and how to

uncover and then embody the humanity of the written word through both classical and contemporary theatre. After this, she moved to California where she pursued and received her M.F.A. in Musical Theatre from ​San Diego State University​ (SDSU). It was while here that Kait began her teaching career. She founded small a private coaching business working with both undergraduate students as well as her peers in the MFA theatre program. She began coaching on the side as a result of her work as both an adjunct faculty at SDSU for various levels of acting courses and as the acting coach for the Kurt Weill show, Berlin To Broadway! 

It was there in San Diego that The Performer Studio was born. After completing her master's thesis on character development for the performer and a third year of teaching at the University level, Kait moved to Los Angeles for 5 years where she completed 5 years of post-graduate study in vocal technique with world master voice teacher, Edward Sayegh and the American Musical Theatre Workshop. While in L.A. she ended up singing in several professional bands, including headlining her own blues band which is when she picked up the harmonica. As a result of her blues band, she was invited as a featured lead singer to tour with John Lee Hooker Jr. and his Grammy nominated band. In 2004 Kait returned to her roots in Salt Lake City, UT to continue both her performing and teaching career. 

Kait: "My goal with each student is to help them to become the very best they can be as singers and/or musicians and to assist them as they fine tune their musical "voice" in the world. I focus on song material to . In addition, I aim to lift their spirit during the time they spend with me in a lesson, so that when we finish, after the work they've done, they feel better, happier, more inspired, more empowered and more confident and driven than they did when the lesson began. We live in a chaotic world and I have the unique opportunity to work with people on one of the things in life that brings us each joy! Music is a gift we give to ourselves and when we share it, to others as well. We need more love in the world and if music brings you joy and a feeling of 'I can do this!' then I'm all in to assist you on that journey."

Due to health reasons, Kait offers private lessons and group courses online only. Virtual lessons are just as effective, challenging and fun. From the comfort of your home, take your musical expression to the highest level! 

*Students will need a computer or tablet, a strong internet signal and a phone that can access the Google Drive app.

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