A proud North Carolinian, Jayme Wappel was drawn from the beginning to a career as a dancer and the life of a performer. Between the ages of four and eight, Jayme trained at a variety of studios until she found her second home with Christy Curtis at CC & Company Dance Complex in Raleigh, North Carolina. There, she trained in all genres of dance, ranging from ballet to jazz, from tap to musical theatre. She also worked with choreographers from So You Think You Can Dance, Los Angeles, New York, and many others. Jayme's interest in performing in musical theatre began towards the end of her high school career when she was asked to choreograph Oklahoma! at Cardinal Gibbons High School under the direction of, and buoyed by the enthusiasm of, Kevin Ferguson.
After graduating from high school, Jayme continued her formation at the Conservatory of Performing Arts at Point Park University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. There, she was fortunate to have trained under the incredible faculty, including
Kiesha Lalama, Doug Bentz, Garfield Lemonius, and Jason McDole. After being cast during her first semester, she was nominated for and received the faculty-selected Freshman of the Year award and scholarship. Along with continuing to be cast during each subsequent semester, Jayme also performed in Yo, Vikings! at Pittsburgh Playhouse after her second year. Upon receiving her first professional contract, Jayme graduated with a B.A. from the program after her third year.
Since beginning her professional performance career at Tuacahn Amphitheater, Jayme has performed in diverse venues, including Royal Caribbean's Grandeur of the Seas as an aerialist and dancer, The Mac-Haydn Theater, numerous events and gigs throughout the tri-state area, and the well-respected Goodspeed Opera House and Paper Mill Playhouse.
Jayme currently resides in New York. Her interests include global travel, baking, dogs, pineapples, and, of course, chipmunks. She loves to roller skate and hike: always on the lookout for a new adventure to be had. She enjoys teaching and choreographing for studios in New Jersey, Long Island, Connecticut, and New York City. Jayme is also a teaching artist for Arts Action, an outreach program through Unity Stage Company that aims to increase the physical activity of children in New York City's public schools. As a person whose entire life revolves around expression through her body, she is working to learn American Sign Language.
Jayme is impossibly grateful for the support and love of her parents, Kathy and Steve. Her mom has been an endless fountain of support, encouragement, love, and much needed happy texts. Her dad has always been there to provide strength in the most difficult moments and wisdom for the most difficult choices. Formerly in the industry, they are always aware of the trials along this sometimes difficult road, and without them, none of this would have been achievable. Of course, this extends to her older brother, David. He has never missed a show, which is fair, given that Jayme was forced to all of his soccer and hockey games during her childhood. Finally, she would be remiss if she did not mention her grandmother, Nanny, who also has never missed the opportunity to see her granddaughter on stage. To all of her cheerleaders, she sends her unending love and eternal appreciation.