With over 20 years of experience working with students, communities and special populations, Kristen Palmer connects people to their creativity, builds individual voice, and guides her students to embrace their strengths and reckon with their potential - however it may manifest in their lives.
Available to develop/lead theater workshops with youth and adults; develop projects with special populations (at-risk youth, adults with developmental/intellectual disabilities and for literacy development); and teach acting, playwriting, theater for social change, using theater in the classroom, and other related topics.
2018 Instructor - CCSU. Acting I, Acting III, Acting IV, Theater for Social Change.
2013-2018 Artistic Director Oddfellows Playhouse Youth Theater. Directed productions with ages 5 through 20. Developed curriculum, programmed 4 seasons, produced annual summer children's circus camp. Hired, trained and coached teaching artists, directors, designers, and staff for all programs.
2008-2013 Independent Teaching Artist. Residencies and programs in Schools, prisons and communities with DreamYard Drama Project (Bronx, NY); LEAP (NYC); Hartford Stage (CT); Synchronicity Playmaking for Girls (Atlanta), William Inge Center for the Arts (Independence, KS) and others.
2005-2008 Teacher, Brooklyn Free School.
2002-2005 Teaching Artist/Program Manager Creative Arts Team Elementary Program (NYC).
1996-2002 Teaching Artist/Teacher. Children's Studio School (Washington DC); CLIMB Theater (Minneapolis) Youth Theatre NW, Seattle Children's Theater; Seattle Rep, Hilltop Children's Center (Seattle).
MFA Playwriting. Hunter College
MA Individualized Study, Gallatin School, NYU. Graduate Thesis: Teaching Creative Writing through Drama. Studied with Creative Arts Team with concentrations in Youth Theater, Theater of the Oppressed, Drama-In-Education.
BA (hons) Dramatic Arts. Bretton Hall College, University of Leeds. Specific work in devised theater, Forum Theater, TIE and DIE, Process Drama, applied theater and directing.