Kristie Koehler Vuocolo has been creating and performing and teaching professional empowering theatre for children and adults since 1997. She is a native to central Ohio but has spent two decades working professionally in Chicago theaters and across the country as a performer and teaching artist with an emphasis on comedy, improvisation and clown theater.
actor. Kristie was a member of the critically acclaimed Neo-Futurists theater company where she wrote, performed and directed for Too Much Light Makes the Baby Go Blind (30 Plays in 60 Minutes) on most weekends and on tour for a decade. There, she also facilitated and developed course curriculum for theater professionals and enthusiasts in writing and performance. Kristie has worked with Available Light Theatre, CATCO, 500 Clown, The Factory Theater, Blair Thomas & Co., and is a lead actress with Project Murder Mystery.
monkey. Kristie is a founding member and former executive director of Barrel of Monkeys, a wildly successful arts education program that works to build literacy skills and self-esteem through writing and theater. Kristie served not only as a performer, but also developed curriculum for at-risk students in Chicago Public Elementary schools and professional development curriculum for teachers and educational professionals.
clown. As a physical theater artist, she was supervisor and performer with the premier hospital clowning program, the Big Apple Circus Clown Care Unit, where the performance team brought circus arts and improvisational theater to bedsides and waiting rooms at children's hospitals and elderly facilities. Additionally, she served as the Camp Director and lead clown instructor for CircEsteem Summer Camp. Kristie has trained in commedia dell'arte, slapstick comedy and she naturally falls down a lot. So there's that.
smarty pants. Kristie holds a B.S. from the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University and a Masters in Mass Communication from Kent State University. She served as associate instructor at North Park University for 11 years where she taught various communications courses in theater, writing and journalism and now teaches at Central Ohio Technical College. .
Oprah. Kristie is also a recipient of the Oprah Winfrey Civic leadership award that honored her continued work in creating theater that serves and nurtures community.
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