For the past seven years, Kelli has worked as a professional dramaturg in theatres in Arizona, Colorado and Chicago, Illinois. She has collaborated with many companies and writers on plays new and old, creating informative and educational guides, as well as helping playwrights construct and improve their work.
She has also worked in education/outreach with companies wanting to tackle social and political issues through the stage to broaden the viewpoints of school groups and community partners who may not be able to attend theatre.
Kelli has been a teaching artist as well--working with young performers ages 4-16 to build basic skills, to deepen and expand their techniques, and to create productions and explore the process of theatre.
She has also been a play reader for multiple companies and theatre festivals--working with them to select new plays for their seasons, or to narrow down playwriting contest and festival submissions.
She is the Resident Dramaturg and Ensemble Member with American Blues Theater, and the proud Coordinator of Chicago’s Joseph Jefferson Artistic and Technical Team.
Now, Kelli is branching out into the world of television and film, continuing to push her skills and techniques as a script supervisor. It is a new and exciting endeavor in which she strives for success.
Kelli holds a M.A. in Theatre Studies from the University of Arizona where she wrote her thesis, Someone, Anyone: Contemporary Theatre’s Empathetic Villain. She received her B.A. in Theatre Education from the University of Northern Colorado.