Carla Stickler is a professional multi-hyphenate advocating for the inclusion of artists in STEM. Currently a software engineer at G2 in Chicago, she spent a large portion of her career as an actor. She made a dramatic return to the stage during the height of the 2021/2022 covid surge in New York. Carla 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.
Carla spent over 10 years performing in Broadway musicals, most notably, Wicked, Mamma Mia! and The Sound of Music. She also has a masters degree in theatre education from NYU and taught on the faculties at Marymount Manhattan College and Molloy College/CAP21.
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 and artists into the field! Carla 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 we can be are unlimited.