Kelly Kerwin is a New York based creative producer, performance curator, and dramaturg originally from the Ozarks. She is currently a Line Producer at The Public Theater, where she produces main stage productions in all venues, and produced two Under the Radar festivals. Recent projects include: The Line (Jessica Blank & Erik Jensen); A Bright Room Called Day (Tony Kushner, Oskar Eustis); Soft Power (David Henry Hwang, Jeanine Tesori, Leigh Silverman, Sam Pinkleton); We're Only Alive for A Short Amount of Time (David Cale, Robert Falls); Self Portraits by Phillip Howze (BRIC Arts), and Onassis Festival: Democracy is Coming, a collaboration with Onassis USA and The Public Theater. She has been on the artistic staff at Yale Repertory Theater, Steppenwolf Theater Company, Atlantic Theater Company, the House Theatre of Chicago, Collaboraction, and was the co-artistic director for the Yale Cabaret's 46th Season. She also helped establish, with Jane Beachy, Chicago's Salonathon--a weekly series specializing in underground performance.
Kelly is passionate about making strange, surprising, and site-based projects happen. She conceived of and produced POP! A Pop-Up Performance Festival, which took place throughout Bushwick, Brooklyn in Summer 2016. POP! featured brand-new theater experiences by 17 emerging artists in 6 different venues over the course of one weekend.
As a dramaturg, she specializes in new play development. Favorite dramaturgy credits include the world premieres of Ike Holter’s Hit the Wall (Steppenwolf's Garage Rep; The Inconvenience; Chicago Commercial Collective), Emily Zemba’s Deer and the Lovers, Amelia Roper’s Lottie in the Late Afternoon (Yale's Carlotta Festival of New Plays), Carly Mensch’s Oblivion (Steppenwolf's First Look Rep), and The House Theatre of Chicago's The Sparrow (Jeff Award: Best New Play).
Yale School of Drama, MFA in Dramaturgy/Dramatic Criticism, 2015
The Theatre School at DePaul University, BFA in Dramaturgy/Dramatic Criticism, 2008
Awards and Honors:
Mark Bly Creative Capacities Fellowship to “support artists as they explore and expand the boundaries of dramaturgy in the Americas,” 2015.
Pierre-André Salim Prize for “artistry, professionalism, collaborative energy, and commitment to the community have inspired their colleagues, and who show distinct promise of raising the standard of practice in the field.” Given to one graduating MFA candidate in the School of Drama, 2015.
Student Marshall, Yale Drama Commencement, 2015
Yale Cabaret named “Best Theater” by the New Haven Advocate under leadership, 2014
George Pierce Baker Memorial Scholarship, Yale School of Drama, 2013
Edes Prize for Emerging Artists, Finalist, 2010