Kelly Kitchens is a professional director, actor, adaptor, and teaching artist based in Seattle Washington. Her passion for storytelling is anchored in the practice of fierce collaboration and her thirst for art-making excellence is in service to her vision of a more engaged, inclusive, intellectually curious world.
Kelly is also the Co-Artistic Director at Seattle Public Theater, which received the 2018 Gregory Falls Award for Theatre of the Year.
Her honors include: Three time nominated and two time recipient of the Gregory Falls Award for Outstanding Director; two time nominated and one time recipient of the Gregory Falls Award for Outstanding Production; Seattle Weekly Readers Poll Best Director; Gypsy Rose Lee Award, Best Direction of a Play; and named in Seattle Magazine’s inaugural list of “Top 20 Most Talented People in Seattle”.
Upcoming projects include: directing the world premier of the Emerald Prize winning play Fire Season by Aurin Squire (Seattle Public Theater); directing As You like It (Seattle Shakespeare Company).
Recent past projects include: stage directing Orpheo ed Eurydice (Seattle Opera); directing Ironbound and Hand to God (Seattle Public Theater; directing Medea (Seattle Shakespeare Company); stage directing Aaron Copeland’s The Tenderland (Seattle Opera Academy); directing Pride and Prejudice (THEATERWORKS, Colorado); directing Grounded, On Clover Road, The Other Place, and Slowgirl (Seattle Public Theater); directing The Art of Bad Men (MAP Theater); performing the role of Jaques in As You Like It (Seattle Shakespeare Company, Wooden O); directing Tall Girls (Washington Ensemble Theater); directing The Tempest (Seattle Shakespeare Company, Wooden O); and adapting and directing She's Come Undone (Book-It Repertory Theatre).
Kelly earned her B.A. from Vanderbilt University and her M.F.A. from the University of Texas at Austin. She is a guest lecturer in acting and directing at the University of Washington and Cornish College of the Arts, a member of the Sandbox Artists Collective, and a member of Actor's Equity Association.