KatieKayChelena.com // KatieChelena@gmail.com // EMC


Hey y’all!

Katie Kay Chelena is a playmaker + poet + performing artist from the mountains of North Carolina. She is currently based in New York City, where she works as a freelance director, performer, and teaching artist. She is a member of the NY NeoFuturists and a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Katie is interested in new play development, theatre as both raucous party and holy tabernacle, and queer Southern celebration and communion.


NY NeoFuturists

Ongoing: Ensemble member and writer/performer/director in THE INFINITE WRENCH, an ever-changing attempt to perform 30 plays in an hour

{my lingerie play}

        Performer in EVEN IF YOU FOUND ME LIKE THIS, created by Diana Oh

The New Ohio Theatre-

One Minute Play Festival 2016, Ensemble, dir. Dominic D’Andrea

Playmakers Repertory Company-

Into the Woods (Granny, Milky White, u/s Little Red), dir. Joseph Haj;

Midsummer Night’s Dream (Fairy, Movement Captain) dir. Shana Cooper; Cabaret (swing u/s Kit Kat Girls) dir. Joseph Haj

Flat Rock Playhouse-

Children of Eden (Ensemble) dir. Paige Posey;

The Legend of Sleepy Hollow (Fauntelaire) dir. Betsy Bisson;

Velveteen Rabbit (Bulka) dir. Betsy Bisson;

Billy Goat Gruff (Chorus Lead) dir. Betsy Bisson;

Number Theory (One woman show)

North Carolina Stage Company-

Chrysalis (Nora, Lead Writer) devised with dir. Todd Weakley

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill-

30 Plays in 60 Minutes (Ensemble, Writer, 3yrs) devised with dir. Kevin Spellman;
        Tales from Ovid (Juno, Nurse) dir Jeremy Skidmore;

9 Parts of Desire (Mullaya) dir. Peter Friedrich;

Uncommon Women and Others (Holly) dir. Stephanie Linas;

Julius Caesar (Decius, Ensemble) dir. Josh Wolonick


HERE Arts Center-

        Assistant Directing with Ari Laura Kreith:
        Singing Beach by Tina Howe (Premiere, 2017) with Theatre 167

NYC Festivals-

Clump Director with the One Minute Play Festival

        Director with The Navigators:
        M + The Water Man by Hannah Vaughn
        An Awful Waste of Space by Natalie Zutter

        Assistant Directing with Nathaniel P Claridad:

July House by Patrick Robinson at FringeNYC 2015

Endangered Species by Nilan Johnson in residency at the Drama League 2016

A Hotel in Eden by Jackson K. Hanks at Thespis Festival 2016

Playmakers Repertory Company-

        Assistant Directing with Libby Appel:

Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike by Christopher Durang

University of North Carolina- Chapel Hill-

Shakespeare’s R+J by Joe Calarco (co-directed with Nathaniel P Claridad);

July House by Patrick Robinson (first production);

30 Plays in 60 Minutes (devised with the Modern Shakespeare Society, 3 years)

Southern Rail / The Station-

tiny frightened animals by Ben French (first production, site specific at community beer garden between railroads)


New York Shakespeare Exchange

        Member of the 2018 Playwright Diversity Cohort

University of North Carolina- Chapel Hill

Creative Writing Minor- Independent Studies in Performance Poetry, Anthology with Gabrielle Calvocoressi

Cellar Door Literary Magazine

published poem “A STEADY DIET OF ACID”


        Poetry Zine- a queer southern coming of age


Stages on the Sound

Teaching Artist with focus on building storytelling skills and Shakespeare performance with middle school students

Girl Be Heard, NYC
        Teaching Artist in after-school program for Middle and High School young                        women, focus on empowering girls to create original performances about                        sociopolitical issues and identity

University of North Carolina- Chapel Hill

        Teaching Assistant to Julie Fishell for Shakespeare Performance

Flat Rock Playhouse, Flat Rock, North Carolina

        Movement Teacher and Camp Counselor for Middle School Theatre Camps



        BA in Dramatic Art, May 2015

        Creative Writing Minor
        Richard and Christopher Edward Adler Award

        Student Commencement Speaker

Independent studies in Poetry, Directing, Shakespeare

Poetry with Gabrielle Calvocoressi

Miller Voice Method with John Patrick

Acting, Directing, Shakespeare with Julie Fishell and Jeff Cornell

Teaching Assistant for Shakespeare Performance

Andy and Cindy Griffith Award

Student Representative to the Drama Dept

SITI Company

Skidmore Summer Intensive 2013, Steel Hammer

New York NeoFuturists

Level 1 Workshop

Level 2 Workshop

North Carolina Governor’s School

        Theatre Class of 2010

        High School Summer Program for Academically and Artistically Gifted

Flat Rock Playhouse YouTheatre

        Company Member and Conservatory Student 2001-2011

Hendersonville High School

        Class of 2011