Carly Avery

Early Elementary Teacher

This is Carly’s 10th year teaching with the School of Theatre Arts, primarily ages kindergarten to 5th grade. She is no stranger to the Grand Rapids Civic Theater stage having last been seen as Princess Fiona in Shrek the Musical, as Millie Dillmount in Thoroughly Modern Millie in 2017, and as Penny Pingleton in Hairspray in 2011. Carly attended Alma College on a vocal scholarship where she privately studied Vocal Performance and toured through the United States and Europe with the Alma College Choir.

What inspires you?
I get inspiration from everything and everywhere; from the people I come into contact with, to the words of a favorite writer, to the sunshine and leaves on a walk, to movies and music I watch and listen to. If I pay attention to and appreciate those little things, it’s easy to use them to inspire myself to pursue the things I love and am most passionate about!

Who is your favorite fictional character?
Donkey from Shrek – I want to be his best friend because he always makes me laugh and seems like a true friend through and through.

What was your favorite after school snack growing up?
Graham crackers with chocolate frosting on them. ALWAYS extra frosting of course!