Kristin Rose Kelly is a director and playwright who focuses on socially relevant theater and specializes in creating docu drama work. Her work in the docu drama realm has been influenced by working with Matthew Francis, protégé of Anna Deavere Smith, Ping Chong & Company, and Dance Exchange. Her docu-musical, A Chip on Her Shoulder, about women in Engineering has toured to Virginia Western Community College, CoLab Roanoke, and the Moss Arts Center Art Galleries and will be premiering in New York in 2018 with Honest Accomplice Theatre. She also directed Extraordinary Interruptions: a dance theatre piece about mass media events performed at Virginia Tech, Roanoke Ballet Theatre, and The Cube at the Institute for Creativity Arts and Technology and The Rock and the Ripe by Mark Blane at Hetrick-Martin Institute.
Kristin has served as assistant director for Dana Edell and SPARK movement as well as with Salt Marsh Suite: an original video/sound installation and performance of a Carolina estuary created by Carol Burch-Brown and Ann Kilkelly. She was the Director of Theatre for Change for Queering Education Research Institute has previously worked with the Irondale Ensemble Project, SITI Company, Creative Arts Team, Lenox Hill Neighborhood House, Brooklyn Acting Lab, and Hartford Performs. A 2015 recipient of the SETC Ballew Directing Award, Kristin received her MFA in Directing and Public Dialogue at Virginia Tech and BFA in Musical Theatre from Syracuse University.