Krista is a Juilliard School Lila Acheson Wallace American Playwrights Program Fellow (2016-2018), Page 73 Playwriting Fellow (2007), MacDowell Fellow (2008), Shank Playwriting Fellow at the Vineyard Theatre (2011-2012), Vanderbilt Writer-in-Residence (2022), Chance Theater Resident Playwright (2020), winner of the Heideman Award at Actors Theatre of Louisville (2016), and winner of the Samuel French Off Off Broadway Short Play Festival (2020).
Her work includes CRUSH (New York Times Recommended, Time Out New York Best Theater to Stream Online, featured in American Theatre Magazine, upcoming premiere on the Emmy app), SLOPPY BONNIE (OZ Arts Nashville, Nashville Scene Critics Pick, This Week in NY Strangest Online Play of 2021, First Night Award for Outstanding Original Production), SHOOTER! (Fault Line Theatre workshop), CRIMSON LIT: SCARLET LETTER SET LIST – a musical with Jill Sobule (Polyphone Festival, Chance Theatre Workshop), LIPSTICK LOBOTOMY (Kilroys List, Trap Door Theatre), DON’T STOP ME – a musical with Dave Malloy (Polyphone Festival, Manhattan School of Music, YMTC), KIRK AT THE SAN FRANCISCO AIRPORT HYATT (NYTW’s Summer Residency, Vineyard Theatre reading series, Playwrights Foundation Rough Reading, Martha’s Vineyard Playhouse/MacDowell Benefit), PRIMAL PLAY (New Georges, Playwrights Center of MN), HISSIFIT (Cradle Theatre, Berkeley Rep School of Theatre, McCoy Theatre at Rhodes College, winner of seven Memphis Ostrander Awards), SALAMANDER LEVIATHAN (Joe's Pub at the Public Theater, Ars Nova Ant Fest, Fingerlakes Musical Theatre Festival, Inkwell, KCACTF Musical Theatre Award from the Kennedy Center for best book), DOOMSURFING (Parkside Lounge, UCSD), SELKIE (Williamstown Workshop, Dutch Kills), and 17 plays and musicals for young audiences.
Librettos include EVERYTHING FOR DAWN (Experiments in Opera Writers Room Episodes 6 and 10), THE TIMBER WOLVES OF FRENCH CREEK (Juilliard Opera Comp), and Beethoven Dark Rive (an interactive VR opera experience).
Commissions include the script for a ride at Tokyo Disney, The Berkeley Rep School of Theatre, The Assembly, Live Girls!, Crystal Springs Uplands School, The Steinmetz Lab, and an EST/Sloan Commission.
Krista has been in residence at La Napoule Art Foundation, Tofte Lake, The Orchard Project, Atlantic Center for the Arts, Page 73’s Summer Residency at Yale, Santa Fe Art Institute, UCROSS, Yaddo, and MacDowell.
BA: Brown University.
MA: Performance Studies from NYU.
MFA Playwriting: UC San Diego.
Alum of EST’s Youngblood, TerraNova Groundbreakers, Page 73’s Interstate 73, Civilians R&D Lab, New Georges JAM, Fresh Ground Pepper Playgroup, and The Orchard Project Professional Lab.
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