Kristen Cerelli is an actor, singer-songwriter, director and coach, and currently serves as Assistant Professor of Acting in the College of Fine Arts at UK. A 15-year resident of NYC, Ms. Cerelli has acted on tour (Peter Pan), in regional theatre (Hazard County, Big Love), off-Broadway (Spring Storm, A World with Snow), on tv and in independent film (The Sopranos, She’s Wild Again Tonight). She is a member of AEA and SAG-AFTRA, a Lifetime Member of The Actors Studio in New York and Los Angeles, and an Artistic Associate of Ignition Arts, a non-profit dedicated to fostering the development of new works. As a lyricist and musician, she has written and produced two albums of original songs (There and tongue-tied heart) and has sung them at many beloved big apple venues including Joe’s Pub, Kenny’s Castaways and The Bitter End.
Ms. Cerelli has taught performance at SUNY Purchase, Raritan Valley Community College, Oklahoma Baptist University and most recently at Oklahoma City University, where she directed William Inge’s Picnic and served as dialect coach for It’s a Wonderful Life, Noises Off and Twilight: Los Angeles. Her private coaching clients have appeared on and off Broadway, in regional theatre, film, television and commercials.
Before relocating from NYC to OKC, she trained with The Newfield Network in Boulder, CO and in 2014 was designated as an Associate Certified Coach with the International Coach Federation. Ms. Cerelli is certified by the NMCA as a teacher of Michael Chekhov’s psycho-physical acting technique, and by Louis Colaianni in Colaianni Speech and the Phonetic Pillows approach to voice and dialect training. She has presented her work – which focuses on the intersection of acting techniques, organizational psychology, leadership development, mindfulness, metaphysics and the creative process – both domestically and abroad: at the Florida Theatre Conference (Gainesville, FL), Actorfest (New York, NY), SETC (Chattanooga, TN), the Statera Foundation National Conference (Milwaukee, WI), and The Arts in Society Conference (Paris, France). Applying her expertise and training to real-world environments, Ms. Cerelli developed and co-facilitated a 12-week leadership training program for women at a major international corporate law firm. She holds a BA from Binghamton University and an MFA from The New School.