Kristen Osborn

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Kristen Osborn is an Austin-based director and theatre-maker who is passionate about nurturing human connection through live storytelling. Osborn is an ensemble member at Rivendell Theatre Ensemble in Chicago, where she curated and produced the inaugural Solo Voices Workshop. She was formerly the literary manager and casting associate at Northlight Theatre and associate director at the Ojai Playwrights Conference. She is the founder and producing artistic director of JoyistLA and a collaborator with Lost Works: What Could Have Been and the interactive magic show In & Of Itself. Select directing credits: Sam Chanse’s The Opportunities of Extinction (North Central College); Kristin Idaszak’s Tidy (developmental reading, Rivendell Theatre Ensemble); Eugene O’Neill’s Fog (UCLA); JoyistLA’s First Embrace (site specific, Los Angeles, California) and an original adaptation of the Orpheus and Eurydice myth, Lift (Montserrat DTLA). Selected assistant directing credits: Henry IV (dir. Daniel Sullivan, The Shakespeare Center of Los Angeles); The Scene (dir. Kimberly Senior, Writers Theatre); Mother of the Maid (dir. BJ Jones, Northlight Theatre); The Cake (dir. Lauren Shouse, Rivendell Theatre Ensemble) and Choir Boy (dir. Trip Cullman, Geffen Playhouse). She is a graduate of UCLA’s School of Theater, Film and Television and a current M.F.A. in Directing candidate at The University of Texas at Austin. Learn more at


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