Kristen Adele Calhoun is a writer, actor, producer and curator. She is the founding Program Director of ArtChangeUS and co-producer of InterFest, an intersectional arts and ideas festival that began at the Harlem School of the Arts. She is also the Assistant Editor of Contemporary Plays by Women of Color and is currently an I AM SOUL Playwriting Resident at Dr. Barbara Ann Teer’s National Black Theatre. Her writings are inspired by red clay roads, bloodline healing, joy, time travel, water, fugitivity, the transmutation of our world, and historic acts of uprising. Her plays include Now, She is Rising, Canfield Drive, A Pocket Full of Dandelions, Quilombo, With These Hands, and Ain’t Gonna Let Nobody. Her television and film acting credits include House of Cards, Orange is the New Black, Elementary, The Sinner, Blue Bloods, The Good Wife, and Everything I Whispered to Dorothy. Off-Broadway & regional acting credits include Canfield Drive (St. Louis Black Rep); Jackie and Me (Denver Center); Skeleton Crew (Premiere Stages); A Raisin in the Sun (Clarence Brown Theatre); Myrna in Transit (Ensemble Studio Theatre); Clybourne Park (Geva Theatre & Cleveland Playhouse); and Joe Turner’s Come and Gone (Shadow Theatre Co.)
A native of Dallas, Texas, she is a graduate of the University of North Texas (Bachelor of Fine Arts in Acting) and the Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University (Master of Fine Arts in Acting). Kristen currently splits her time between Ghana, Mexico and the United States of America.
The Offering (currently in development at Dr. Barbara Ann Teer’s National Black Theatre I AM SOUL Playwright Residency Program)
“To know ourselves as we are, we must know our mother’s names”.
- Alice Walker
The Offering is a series of biomythographical plays uplifting Kristen Adele Calhoun's maternal line in the name of healing. These twelve short plays form an anthology that can be performed individually or in succession as one play. Through a practice of stillness, interdimensional portal opening, ancestral listening, and rigorous research, the author has sourced information about the women before her going nine generations back and three generations forward. With their guidance, she is re-imagining and sharing their stories as fables elevated to the level of myth. Our beloved ancestors are calling out and continue to make a way for their stories to be heard.