Carla Stickler is a professional multi-hyphenate advocating for the inclusion of artists in STEM. Currently a software engineer, she made a dramatic return to the stage during the height of the 2021/2022 covid surge in New York. She was featured on NPR, ABC, Vulture, Inside Edition, and Nightline for her performance as Elphaba in Wicked on Broadway after 7 years away from the role and a career change into tech.
She works as a Software Engineer at G2 in Chicago. She is a champion for artists looking to make a career change into tech and a member of Artists Who Code. She loves chatting with folks interested in shifting gears from the arts to programming and especially hopes to get more women into the field!
Carla spent over 10 years performing in Broadway musicals, most notably, Wicked, Mamma Mia!, and The Sound of Music. She is also a voice teacher, having taught on the faculties at Marymount Manhattan College and Molloy College/CAP21. She mainly teaches specialized workshops in performance techniques as well as private coaching.
She is passionate about reframing the narrative of the “starving artist.” When we choose to walk away from a full-time pursuit of the arts it does not make us failed artists. The possibilities for what we can do and who can be, are unlimited.