A director, producer, and teaching artist, Kelly is passionate about creating theatrical events that embrace emotional immediacy, bold theatricality, and a dynamic relationship between actors and audience. She has particular enthusiasm for stories that reflect the diversity and complexity of women and for plays that explore the power of language, ritual, and myth.
Kelly is the Director and founder of the rig, a group that brings live performance to audiences that may have limited access to professional theater. In April, the group produced their inaugural tour, a production of Pericles that performed at shelters and assisted living communities in Massachusetts and New York.
Most recently, she directed Hamlet with The Theater at Woodshill, The Taming of the Shrew with Shakespeare & Company and assistant directed Lavina Jadhwani’s As You Like It at the Guthrie. This fall, she’ll direct Native Gardens at Gloucester Stage.
Other credits include As You Like It for The Theater at Woodshill The Last Wife, The Virgin Trial (reading), and Blue Stockings (reading) for WAM Theatre, Photograph 51 for Southwest Shakespeare Company (BroadwayWorld Regional Nomination, Best Director), Kate Spain (reading) and Green Tiger Seven (reading) for Berkshire Playwrights Lab, The Cherry Orchard for the BU School of Theatre, and Livian Yeh's new play Memorial at the Boston Playwrights' Theatre, which was an honorable mention for the 2017 Kilroys list. As a graduate student at BU she directed The Caucasian Chalk Circle, Dancing at Lughnasa, The Duchess of Malfi, The Tall Girls, and Changes of Heart.
Previously, Kelly served as the Artistic Associate at WAM Theatre in the Berkshires where she curated and directed in the Fresh Takes Play Reading Series. She has been a company member with Shakespeare & Company since 2008 where she works as a director, teacher, and actor and has served as assistant director to Tina Packer on productions including All’s Well That Ends Well and Julius Caesar. She received a 2018 Directing Fellowship with Asolo Repertory Theatre, where she assisted Morning After Grace by Carey Crim and Roe by Lisa Loomer. Kelly has held assistantships and observerships with the Huntington Theatre Company, Bedlam NYC, Orlando Shakespeare Festival, and the Boston Center for American Performance. She also completed an Artistic Development & Directing Internship with Arena Stage. She is an Associate Member of the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society.
She attended Wellesley College where she studied Political Theory and received an MFA in Directing and Certificate in Arts Administration from Boston University. She is the oldest of four sisters, shares a birthday with Jane Austen, and has never met a potato chip she didn't like.