KRISTEN PALMER writes plays, makes theater and teaches kids and adults. She started writing plays in Seattle, WA while working with Printer's Devil Theater in the 90s. From there she moved on to NYC where she had the great good fortune to connect with Pataphysics at the Flea, New Georges, Soho Rep, P73, Clubbed Thumb, Women's Project, and FLUX theater. All spaces committed to the weird, true and wonderful. She also met her future husband, playwright Adam Szymkowicz.
In 2008 she received a Jerome Fellowship at the Playwrights Center which took them to Minneapolis for a year of writing and watching the economy collapse. After bouncing around the country, Atlanta to New England to Brooklyn, she completed an MFA in Playwriting at Hunter College, studying with the galvanizingly magical Tina Howe and the particularly clarifying Mark Bly.
In 2013 she became a mother to Wallace and began her tenure as Artistic Director of Oddfellows Playhouse Youth Theater in Middletown, CT. While there she directed, produced and taught theater with young people, particularly focusing on engaging low-income youth. After a short stint as Executive Artistic Director she resigned in 2018, continuing to contribute to the Playhouse’s on-going vitality. She is currently a part-time faculty member of the CCSU Theater Department.
She and her family live in southeast CT with a grumpy cat named Skeezer.