Kristy Dodson is a director, theatre maker, educator and activist based in New York City. She focuses on new work and recontextualizing classics dealing with the human condition within otherness bringing light to marginalized voices and narratives often not heard. Her directorial work has been seen at many noted artistic institutions: Lincoln Center Theater, The Public Theater, The McCarter Theater, Labyrinth Theatre Co, Rattlestick, Theatre Row, The Lark Play Development Center, among others. Kristy has worked with numerous playwrights on a vast number new works, Liza Birkenmeier, Christopher Oscar Peña, Mark Snyder, Ryan Dowler, Joan Roth Schmeichel, to name a few.
Kristy began her career in performance as an acrobat, where she performed and competed internationally for 14 years, notably performing with Ringling Brother’s & Barnum and Baily’s Circus’ Midwest Touring Company. She gained extensive training in more theatrical forms of clowning and physical theatre such as Lecoq, Viewpoints and Composition, Suzuki, Commedia del Arte, Boufon, and multiple forms of Mask. Kristy is regularly commissioned to devise physical theatre pieces with Princeton University, The Smile Project, Stages on the Sound, City Lights Youth Theater, & was a 2010 Observership Candidate with SDC.
As an educator, Kristy teaches acting, voice, and physical theatre techniques. She focuses on techniques that steer away from a universal voice and body often used in Western theatre training programs, preferring to focus on individual creativity and individual honesty. Her approach to teaching the modern actor helps bridge the gap between modern Stanislavsky inspired techniques such as Meisner, Strasburg, Hagen, etc. and more ancient Western and non- Western techniques that still resonate in our culture and influenced these popular forms.
Kristy was awarded the Zwick Award in Directing and was the first Artward Bound awardee to receive a group residency for her sight specific art installation performance of Waiting For Godot at NACL. She was the Assistant Director for the World Premier of Have You Seen Us by Athol Fugard starring Sam Waterston. And was the Production Assistant for Brooklynite the Musical with director Michael Meyer at The Vineyard Theatre last season. This last summer Kristy was invited back to Lincoln Center as one of six emerging directors from around the world to develop a new play; The Hollower by Liza Birkenmeier. This Fall The Gene Lottery, a work in progress with fellow collaborator Sofiya Cheyenne, will be in residency with The Barn Arts Collective.
Kristy is the founding Artistic Director of Overturn Theatre, where she has produced/created an array of live performances that focus on social injustices. She has worked administratively in Artistic, Literary and Development at The Vineyard Theatre, The Lark Play Development Center, Theatre 167, and Making Books Sing. She currently resides in Park Slope, Brooklyn with her husband, actor Joshua Levine, and their dog, Bob and is a very active advocate for performers with disabilities or as she likes to say “differently abled”.
* B.F.A. in Acting from SUNY Purchase Acting Conservatory
* M.F.A in Directing, Brooklyn College