Kristen Kelso is a theatre director, actor, playwright, and translator based in Brooklyn.

 

Her research in translation guides her artistic practice and she is attracted to work that bridges barriers, crosses borders, and excavates ordinary moments of everyday life. She uses embodied translation practices to create performance work centering on memory, trauma, grief, loss, and familial archives. She is committed to creating accessible, immersive, and inclusive theatre that stewards the intersection of politics, performance, and scholarship in this multi-lingual world. 

Her work has been seen at Shakespeare Dallas, Cara Mía Theatre, Cry Havoc Theater Company, Dallas Theater Center, Southern Methodist University, Imprint Theatreworks, Irondale Women's Theatre Festival, The Lighthouse on Governor's Island and New York University, among others.

She graduated from Southern Methodist University with a BFA in Theatre Studies and a BA in Spanish Language and Literature. She has a Masters of Arts in Humanities from the University of Texas at Dallas in Translation Studies and an MA in Performance Studies from New York University.

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