As a kid, Stickler was frequently exposed to music, as her mother was in a chamber ensemble, her grandmother was an opera performer, her cousin was a drummer, and her father was a former member of the band "Stuck in the Fifties." She took oboe lessons for a few years, and took vocal lessons at the Fine Arts Building in Chicago.
In grade school, Stickler began performing with CAST (Communication, Arts, Speech and Theatre). She there appeared as John Darling in Peter Pan, and Oliver Twist in Oliver. Finally, in middle school, she began receiving girl roles; Little Red Ridinghood in Into the Woods, and Maria in West Side Story.
She soon began performing in the Oak Park River Forest Children's Choir. In high school, she spent four summers at Interlochen Arts Camp, where she majored in Musical Theatre, Choir, and Fine Arts. She then transferred schools for her senior year to attend Interlochen Arts Academy, where she majored in vocal music and ceramics.
For college, Stickler went to the University of Cincinnati's College Conservatory of Music to major as a vocal performer. However, she missed theatre, so after a year Stickler transferred to NYU's Tisch School of the Arts to become a theatre major. She also attended CAP21's Musical Theatre Summer Intensive Program to meet the school's rigorous graduation requirements.
Stickler attended grad school at Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development, where she was a Kappa Delta Pi member. She attended the department of music and performing arts professions. She graduated in 2016.
Right after graduation, Stickler landed the role of Liesl in the Asian tour of The Sound of Music. The next tour she participated in was the second national tour of Mamma Mia!, in which she played the understudy for Sophie.
Stickler eventually auditioned for a role in the first national tour of the beloved musical Wicked, landing the standby Elphaba in 2010. Stickler was soon moved to Broadway, where she played the Elphaba understudy. She has been praised for her performance. When not doing Elphaba, Stickler also appeared in the ensemble of the show.
She held her first solo concert, Option Up, in The Metropolitan Room on June 1, 2015 with guest appearances from Brian Lowdermilk, Drew Overcash, and Zoe Sarnak. She left Wicked on June 19, 2015, after five years.
Stickler also teaches private voice lessons in her spare time.The Sound of Music, Liesl, Asian Tour
Mamma Mia!, Sophie, American Tour
Save the Goondocks, The Prop/One Eyed Willy, New York Fringe Festival
Songs for a New World, Woman 1, HERE Arts Center
Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Narrator, New London Barn Playhouse
Man of La Mancha, Antonia, Staten Island Philharmonic
Wicked, Elphaba, American Tour (2010-2012)
Wicked, Elphaba u/s & Ensemble, Broadway (2012-2015)
Boys Vs Girls (concert), Katie, Last Call Theatricals (2015)
The Music of Menken: Audrey, Ariel, Aladdin...and Alan! An Evening with Alan Menken, Nebraska Thespian Festival (2015)
Sparks of Creation, Nebraska Thespian Festival (2016)
Saved by the Bell the Musical, Kelly Kapowski, RASH! Theatre Co.
Inspector Gadget the Opera, Penny, Steinhardt School of Education
Kid Dracula, Lil'Lil, Ted Zurkowski and Scott Flaherty
Mary of Magdala, Little Girl, James Olm and Shad Olsen
Stranger to the Muse, Ashley, Patrick Gallagher and Adam David Cohen
Brand New Day, Kate, dir. Mark Roso, Colombia Student Films (short)
Pressure, Lead, 40th Floor Productions
Oh Glacuoma! Benefit Concert (2012) -sang Giving Up Later
Making Magic: Defying Gravity (2012)- featured, concert series
Nebraska Thespian Festival (2014) -sang Defying Gravity and The Wizard and I
Option Up, The Metropolitan Room (2015) - solo debut
Broadway Back to School, 54 Below (2015)
Numerous benefit concerts with the cast of Wicked
Oh, Glacuoma! Benefit Concert: Live (2012)
sings Giving Up Later
Broadway's Carols For a Cure: Vol. 16 (2014)
sings In the Bleak Midwinter
She was born in Los Angeles, but Stickler lives in New York City with her vizsla puppy, Harper. She has a geometric "compass" tattoo on her forearm, and has two brothers; one older, one younger. She makes pottery in her free time, and celebrates Christmas. In December 2015, she dyed her hair blonde.