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 currently a directing fellow at Asolo Repertory Theatre where she will assistant direct Morning After Grace by Carey Crim, directed by Peter Amster; and Roe by Lisa Loomer, directed by Lavina Jadhwani. In the summer of 2018, she will direct Love's Labor's Lost for Shakespeare & Company.
Other credits include The Last Wife for WAM Theatre, Photograph 51 for Southwest Shakespeare Company (BroadwayWorld Regional Nomination, Best Director), 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 on 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 of Western Massachusetts 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. Kelly has held assistantships with Bedlam NYC, Orlando Shakespeare Festival, and the Boston Center for American Performance, an Observership with the Huntington Theatre Company, and 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.