Kristy Dodson is a theatre maker, educator and disability advocate working in the U.S. and abroad. Her interests lie in developing and executing new works, new techniques, and new genres that subvert wide-thought universals through artistic exploration. 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. She was one of the first SDC Observership Candidates. Kristy was invited to Lincoln Center as one of six emerging directors from around the world to develop a new play; The Hollower by Liza Birkenmeier that will be premiering this Spring at the Access Theater in Manhattan. Her work has been seen and developed at many noted artistic institutions: Lincoln Center Theater, Dansearena Nord, The Public Theater, Princeton University, Clubbed Thumb, The Lark Play Development Center, among others. Kristy has collaborated with playwright Liza Birkenmeier, Christopher Oscar Peña, Georgina Escobar, Ryan Dowler, author Joan Roth Schmeichel, choreographer Einy Åm Sparks & EyeKnee Coordination, BAAD!, to name a few.
Kristy was the founding Artistic Director of Overturn Theatre where for 10 years she produced and created a myriad of live performances including: 7 new theatrical works with NY premiers, 2 reimagined classics, over a dozen project developments, concerts, installations, galleries, and has commissioned hundreds of artists from countless mediums to create new works in area of live performance. Overturn was the recipient of the 2013 Arts@Renaissance commissioned ensemble, IRT 3B residency in 2012, Artward Bound Recipient in 2011, Developing Artist award of excellence in 2010, and was a 4 year resident company at Clemente Soto Velez.
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 is a resident artist at New Light Theatre Project and currently resides in Brooklyn with her husband, actor Joshua Levine. She is a very active advocate and educator for performers with disabilities or as she likes to say “differently abled”.