Kristen is a Chicago-based director and many-other-hats-wearer who is passionate about bettering the human condition through practices of art, joy, and love. A transplant from Los Angeles, Kristen is the founder and director of JoyistLA, a creative collaboration that wages counter-terrorist attacks to foster joy and extinguish fear. She currently works in a variety of creative capacities, and is excited whenever a new challenge comes her way.
Kristen is currently the Literary and Casting Associate at Northlight Theatre and the Artistic Associate and Outreach Coordinator at Rivendell Theatre Ensemble in Chicago.
She has had the pleasure of working at the Geffen Playhouse, Ojai Playwrights Conference, Inner-City Arts, Ensemble Studio Theatre LA, Shakespeare Center Los Angeles, and many other Los Angeles theaters. In Chicago, Kristen has worked with Northlight Theatre, Writers Theatre, The Other Theatre Co., Silk Road Rising, Rivendell Theatre Ensemble, Sideshow Theatre, Red Theatre, and others.
Directing credits include The Opportunities of Extinction at North Central College, Those Eyes Who Saw Death (workshop) at Red Theatre, Lift, an original devised adaptation of the Orpheus and Eurydice myth with the Hungry Artists' Ensemble, (a company she started in 2014,) as well as The Red C. Inn at Montserrat DTLA, A Minnesota Thing at the Los Angeles Theatre Center, and Eugene O'Neill's Fog at UCLA.
Assistant Director credits include Henry IV (dir. Dan Sullivan, Shakespeare Center Los Angeles,) The Cake (dir. Lauren Shouse, Rivendell Theatre Ensemble,) Relativity (dir. BJ Jones, Northlight Theatre,) The Scene (dir. Kimberly Senior, Writers Theatre,) Fighting Shadows (dir. Robert Egan, Inner-City Arts) Sex with Strangers (dir. Kimberly Senior, Geffen Playhouse,) The Power of Duff (dir. Peter DuBois, Geffen Playhouse) and Choir Boy (dir. Trip Cullman, Geffen Playhouse.) In 2016 and 2017, Kristen was Artistic Associate at the Ojai Playwrights Conference.
Additionally, Kristen had the unique opportunity to collaborate with magician Derek DelGaudio on In & Of Itself (dir. Frank Oz) both in Los Angeles at the Geffen Playhouse and in the New York production at the Daryl Roth Theatre as Assistant Coordinating Producer.
Kristen is a graduate of UCLA's School of Theater Film and Television where she earned specializations in directing and acting.
Outside of her work, she is a proud auntie to five amazing kids--two nieces and three nephews. In her spare time, she loves to cook and share the communal experience of eating great food with friends and family. Her life and work mantra, "Together We're Better" comes from her mom, whose infinite positivity, curiosity, and love for learning are a constant inspiration.