A performer, writer, music and stage director, composer/lyricist, and voice instructor, Kristen is currently Assistant Professor of Musical Theatre at Western Carolina University, where she teaches voice to students in the B.F.A. Musical Theatre program. She is the co-creator and composer/lyricist for A Ghost of Christmas Past, a femme-forward retelling of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol, with adapted script by Ashlee Wasmund. Kristen has written two books, Big Lily’s Rent-A-Belly and God Is Not a Bully: A Not-So-Churchy Memoir. Her poem, “On Becoming Water”, was published in Touchstone – the journal of the Order of Bards, Ovates and Druids in 2019.

A crossover artist, Kristen enjoys a freelance regional career in musical theatre and opera. Her former students can be seen on the stages of regional houses, theme parks, cruise ships, National and International Tours, Off Broadway and Broadway companies. Additionally, Kristen enjoys working as guest voice instructor for Terrence Mann and Charlotte d’Amboise’s Triple Arts musical theatre summer intensive.

Kristen received her Master of Music from the A.J. Fletcher Opera Institute at UNC School of the Arts. Additionally, she earned a Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance (UNC School of the Arts) and a Bachelor of Arts in Musical Theatre (Catawba College).

Kristen lives down a winding road in the Smoky Mountains with her husband, two hound dogs and Norwegian clown-cat. When not creating art, Kristen is an active birder. She also enjoys making soap, kombucha, and mead.

(photo by Meghan Rolfe)