Kelly Kerwin is a New York based creative producer, performance curator, and dramaturg originally from the Ozarks. She is currently the Associate Producer for the Under the Radar Festival at The Public, where she co-leads the Devised Theater Working Group. She is also a line producer for The Public's main stage, and she is an adjunct professor at Connecticut College.
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); Girl from the North Country (Conor McPherson); 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 Theatre 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. In 2016, she received the Mark Bly Creative Capacities Fellowship to support POP! A Pop-Up Performance Festival, which she conceived, curated, and produced. The festival featured brand-new theater experiences by 17 emerging artists in 6 different spaces throughout Bushwick, Brooklyn.
As a dramaturg, she specializes in new play development. She was the dramaturg for the world premieres of Ike Holter’s Hit the Wall (Steppenwolf's Garage Rep; The Inconvenience; Chicago Commercial Collective), which had a sold-out extended run and made the Chicago Tribune's "Top Ten Plays" list. Other favorite dramaturgy credits: 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 awarded to one graduating Yale School of Drama student whose “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,” 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