Kristen Osborn is an Austin-based director and theatremaker who is passionate about nurturing human connection through live storytelling. With Rivendell Theatre Ensemble, she has held many positions, most recently the curator and producer of the inaugural Solo Voices Workshop, as well as artistic associate and outreach coordinator. Kristen was formerly the literary manager and casting associate at Northlight Theatre and an associate director at the Ojai Playwrights Conference. Most recently, Kristen was the curator and creative director for the interactive audio gallery Breadcrumbs ( She is the founder and producing artistic director of JoyistLA. Kristen served as the assistant coordinating producer for In & Of Itself at the Geffen Playhouse and Daryl Roth Theatre, streamable on Hulu. Select directing credits: Renae Simone Jarrett’s Community Garden (UT New Theatre Festival,) 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,) and an original adaptation of the Orpheus and Eurydice myth, Lift (Montserrat, DTLA.) Selected assistant directing credits: Henry IV, (dir. Daniel Sullivan, Shakespeare Center LA,) The Scene (dir. Kimberly Senior, Writers Theatre,) Mother of the Maid (dir. BJ Jones, Northlight Theatre,) The Cake (dir. Lauren Shouse, Rivendell Theatre Ensemble,) Choir Boy (dir. Trip Cullman, Geffen Playhouse). She is a graduate of UCLA’s School of Theater, Film and Television and an MFA Directing candidate at UT Austin.

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