Board of Directors
Deena BinghamWendy CalkinsBeth GattsAngie HoltzclawLarry HuntKristen LivengoodSteve NorthGil RoweDoug ShawMyrna Stephens
Kristen Donelle Livengood holds a Bachelor’s degree in Theatre from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro where her focus was acting and directing.
She has appeared onstage at Diana Wortham Theatre, Parkway Playhouse, Haywood Arts Regional Theatre, The Feichter Studio, and Asheville Community Theatre.
Onstage at Parkway Playhouse, she has portrayed the roles of Mayor Matilda Hyde in All Shook Up, Jim Hawkin's Mother/Anne Bonny in Treasure Island, General Cartwright in Guys and Dolls and Miss Bingley/Mrs. Gardner in Pride and Prejudice.
She has directed The Best Christmas Pageant Ever, the North Carolina premiere of Leaving Iowa, Forever Plaid, and The Quiltmaker for Parkway Playhouse. She has also directed Willy Wonka, Jr. and Annie, Jr. for Parkway Playhouse Junior. She is a member of The Oxymorons, Asheville’s Premiere Improv Comedy Troupe. She is the Creator and Director of Get the Hook, which is Parkway Playhouse's teen improv comedy troupe.
Kristen enjoys teaching acting and improvisational comedy to students of all ages.
For more about Kristen, see her Teaching Artist's Bio.
“I saw my first play at Parkway Playhouse sometime in the late 80’s, Annie Get Your Gun. My grandparents brought me because they thought I might enjoy a musical. Boy, were they right! That was it for me. I was hopelessly devoted to theatre. My first paid acting role was with Parkway in 2001 in Godspell. It was that moment I realized I really could be paid for acting...and I never wanted to do anything else. Having recently moved my family back to the mountains after 12 years away I knew it was only a matter of time before Parkway Playhouse came back into my life.
I consider myself both a teacher and an artist. Having completed my Masters’ degree at New York University in Educational Theater and having trained in London and Ireland with the foremost experts in the field I feel confident in my ability to use theater as a tool to both educate and engage students while enriching their lives. I believe in theater – its’ ability to transform a community, its’ power to enlighten and redefine. I believe my passion for the art form is apparent in my work. I’m excited to continue my career by joining Parkway Playhouse. It is my hope to create outreach theater opportunities and other artistic experiences for the community that would foster an appreciation, understanding, and dialogue for the art.”
Chelsea has her B.S. in Theatre Education from Appalachian State University and her M.A. in Educational Theatre from NYU. She has worked professionally at The Globe and Unicorn Children's Theatre in London and Samuel Beckett Theatre in Dublin. She worked as a teaching artist and actor while living in NYC prior to her move to the Dallas/Fort Worth area where she served as the Associate Director of Education and Outreach at Theatre Arlington from 2008-2009. She has her NC teaching license and is certified to teach Theater Arts, grades K-12. Over the last ten years she has taught drama in Montessori schools, private schools, public schools, and on the collegiate level. Her varied professional experience includes: acting, writing, singing, grant writing, teaching/directing, curriculum planning, outreach programmer, and coordinating annual campaigns. In Texas she created “Reading Is Alive” – a theatre outreach program designed to support the Texas Summer Reading Program in Tarrant County. Chelsea wrote the original play, “Lewis and the Texas Twister,” performed in libraries county-wide in summer of 2009. Chelsea wrote and received grants and business support to fund “Reading is Alive.” The program has flourished in TX and continues today. Her play was recently revived and toured libraries state-wide in 2014. Most recently, she taught Lower Elementary at Spruce Pine Montessori including drama during the 2015-16 school year.
For more about Chelsea, see her Teaching Artist's Bio.