Rowley, Kimberli

Kimberli Rowley has been performing onstage since the age of three and has been involved in over 100 theatrical productions. She has appeared at the Cumberland Theatre, The New Embassy Theatre, Potomac State College, Frostburg State University, Crescent Lawn Amphitheatre, and many other venues throughout the tri-state area working with such groups as Stage Left, CEM 1 Productions, Mountaineer Country Tours, Front & Centre Stage, and Apple Alley Players. Favorite roles include: “Eliza Doolittle” in My Fair Lady, "Velma Kelly" in Chicago, "Sally Bowles" in Cabaret, “Sheila” in Hair, "Rizzo" in Grease, "Cathy" in The Last 5 Years, "Bombalurina" in Cats, and "Olivia" in Shakespeare's Twelfth Night. Other memorable turns consist of "Elvira" in Blithe Spirit, "Rosie" in Bye Bye Birdie, "Ado Annie" in Oklahoma!, “Glinda, the Good Witch” in The Wizard of Oz, “Catherine” in Pippin, "Mary Bailey" in It's a Wonderful Life, "Babette" in Disney's Beauty and the Beast (twice!), “Yellow Girl” in SHOUT! The Mod Musical and "Hermia" in A Mid-summer Night's Dream.

Kim has worked as a featured entertainer for Cedar Fair Amusement Parks and served a six-month on-call stint for Walt Disney World Entertainment in 2008. Kim has originated three roles for local playwrights: "Princess Eriana" in Chris McCabe's The Myth of Mystic Mountain, "Vivien West" in Shane Riggs' Confessions From the Ladies Room, and “Georgia McClain Jones” in Faceful of Mama, also by Shane Riggs. She is also a veteran actress for Valentine Productions, a local group which performs original murder mysteries aboard the Western MD Scenic Railroad and other venues throughout the tri-state area, creating such characters as "Miss Scarlett" in Clue: the Murder Mystery and "Daisy Duke" in Granny Get Your Gun.

Kim studied acting, music, directing, and dance at Frostburg State University. She began her dance training at the age of three, receiving instruction from the late Verlys Dixon McPartland. She is currently a vocal student of Jean-lyn Lewis Barrera.

Directorial credits include: Hair, Dracula, Grease, A Christmas Story, Disney’s Alice in Wonderland, and Godspell. Choreography credits include: Chicago, Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, Hair, Pippin, Wizard of Oz and The Music Man. She has also directed and appeared in Frankenstein, Dracula, Vintage Hitchcock, and Yes, Virginia, There is a Santa Claus - four radio dramas, which were broadcast on WFWM 91.9 for the Halloween and Christmas season. Kim serves as Artistic Director for Front & Centre Stage Productions, which she helped found. She has also served on the Board of Directors for the New Embassy Theatre and co-chaired two of the American Cancer Society’s Pink Ribbon Walks. She also serves as the resident choreographer for the Potomac State College musical theatre program and is the instructor of the “On the Stage” series of classes offered through Allegany College of Maryland’s Continuing Education Program.

Kim trained with Fashion Mystique Modeling in Harrisburg, PA and served as a certified promotional model for Pantene Hair Care Products in 1999. Locally, she has modeled for Beitzel Photography and Monkey Business Fashions. She also models regularly for the Life Drawing Class.

Kim is a proud member of the Allegany Arts Council and has been a guest speaker in the Lunch With The Arts Series. She has also participated in the Arts in the Schools program for the past four years and has worked on the “Arts Bus” After School Program. Currently, Kim is a regular in F&C’s “Lunatic Fringe” One Act Series, which is performed in the Arts Council Community Room alternating Fridays throughout the summer.

Currently, Kim is serving as the host of Mountain Maryland’s Best Kept Secrets with Kimberli Rowley, a web show sponsored by the Allegany County Board of Tourism. The show appears weekly on the Mountain Maryland Facebook and YouTube pages and highlights interesting facts and legends of Allegany County.

Most recently, Kim served as choreographer for Thoroughly Modern Millie at Braddock Middle School and My Fair Lady at Potomac State College. This summer she will be directing the musical Annie for Front & Centre Stage.