Born in New Jersey and raised in a rural farm town, Kristen spent countless hours studying dance from a very young age. After years of focusing on ballet in hopes of joining a professional company, she caught a performance on tv of Bob Fosse's iconic choreography in Chicago and was instantly captivated. With that, she traded in her pointe shoes for LaDucas, and a career path in musical theatre began to unfold.
Kristen attended Wagner College and received a BA in Musical Theatre Performance and a Minor in Dance. Post college she has had a variety of exciting performance opportunities at many different venues, including the Maltz Jupiter Theatre, the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts, The Garden Theatre, Theater West End, YOW Dance, the Orlando Fringe Festival, Walt Disney World, Universal Studios, SeaWorld and various production companies.
Kristen will be directing Hello, Dolly! starring Jodi Benson, with Encore Performing Arts. The show will be presented in Steinmetz Hall at the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts. Previously, she served as the Assistant Director of the organization in past productions and has completed the hat trick of being an AD in all three theatres within the Dr. Phillips Center! She also teaches the Broadway Magic workshops at Walt Disney World as part of the Disney Imagination Campus.
In addition to performing, directing and teaching, Kristen has become an (amateur) cake artist, creating over 200 fondant/tiered/sugary creations as surprises for family, friends, casts and entertainment executives alike. It is important to note that she is also known for bringing sweet treats to rehearsals.....