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Kelly Kitchens

Part-time Lecturer, Directing
Kelly Kitchens


MFA, University of Texas at Austin
BA, Vanderbilt University

Kelly Kitchens is professional director, actor, and arts educator based out of Seattle, Washington. 

Her honors include: three-time nominated and two-time recipient of the Gregory Falls Award for Outstanding Director; winner of the Broadway World Critics Picks for Best Direction of a Play; two time winner of Seattle Theater Writers award for Best Direction of a Play; Broadway World nominee for Best Direction of a Musical; named Best Director by the Seattle Weekly Readers Poll; named in Seattle Magazine’s inaugural list of “Top 20 Most Talented People in Seattle”; and a nominee for the Seattle Office of Arts & Culture Mayor's Arts Award.

Some past projects include: directing Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro and for Kentucky Opera; directing the NYC workshop of Esther, a new dance musical; directing the US Premier of Meek (Denizen Theater, NY); stage directing O+E, a new adaptation of Gluck’s ‪Orfeo ed Euridice‬ (‪Seattle Opera‬); stage directing The Tender Land (Seattle Opera Academy); directing The Light in the Piazza (Showtunes Theatre Company); directing The Thanksgiving PlayHand to God (Gregory Award recipient for Outstanding Production), Ironbound (Gregory Award nominee for Outstanding Production), GroundedOn Clover Road, The Other Place, Christmastown (Seattle Public Theater);  directing MedeaAs You Like It, and The Tempest and performing the roles of Jaques in As You Like It and Kate in The Taming of the Shrew (‪Seattle Shakespeare Company‬); directing ‪Pride and Prejudice‬ (THEATERWORKS, Colorado); adapting and directing She's Come Undone (Book-It Repertory Theatre).

Some upcoming projects include directing Orfeo ed Euridice for Kentucky Opera in collaboration with the Louisville Ballet as well as directing productions for The University of Washington and Book-It Repertory Theatre. 

 Kelly is a Guest Lecturer in acting and directing at the University of Washington, a member of Actor's Equity Association, and a member of The Stage Directors and Choreographers Society. Kelly earned her B.A. from Vanderbilt University and her M.F.A. from the University of Texas at Austin.