Meet Kaitlen! She is a recent addition to Chicago, and we couldn’t be more thrilled to have her directing 1933 in The Comfort Station Plays.
Kaitlen is originally from Franklin, Tennessee and new to Chicago winters. She moved here in August after receiving her undergraduate degrees in Acting, Directing, and English from Western Kentucky University. Kaitlen has worked with Bread & Puppet Theatre, Nashville Children’s Theatre, Lexington Children’s Theatre, Barrel of Monkeys, the Chicago Fringe Festival, Li’l Bud’s Theatre, and Julian Boal. Her Directing credits include The Mischief Makers, Woody Allen’s God, Self-torture and Strenuous Exercise, Where the Wild Things Are, and Providence. Like most artists, Kaitlen cannot make up her mind on which aspect of theatre she likes most, so instead of making a decision she tries to do it all. Some of her acting credits include the rocker Jackie in the new musical Like You Like It, Tinsel, the near-sighted reindeer in Frosty’s Shakes N’ Dogs, Miss Alma Winemiller in Tennessee Williams’ The Eccentricities of a Nightingale, Adela in The House of Bernarda Alba, and Penny in Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog. She also writes and performs solo-pieces (“The Grinch,” “Rose-Colored Glasses,” and “Catcher”), and in 2008, Kaitlen helped create the Raw Collective, a student-based performance group that focuses on expression, equality, and ensemble. One of Kaitlen’s passions is Theatre of the Oppressed which she did her undergraduate thesis about (Forum Theatre: Empowering Students to Think, Act, & Know). During her spare time, Kaitlen takes improv classes at the Annoyance and writing classes at Neo-Futurists. She also enjoys playing the ukulele, reading, and eating exotic cheeses.
For more information on Kaitlen, visit her website www.kaitlenosburn.com.