Kristin Horton is a director primarily interested in developing new plays that engage cross-cultural dialogue as well as reinventing the classics for the contemporary stage. In addition to serving as artistic director of the Gallatin Arts Festival, she also teaches courses in directing and Shakespeare as well as an interdisciplinary seminar on performing objects. Professor Horton has recently directed new work at the Lark Play Development Center, William Inge Festival, Lied Center for the Performing Arts, New Dramatists, the Playwrights' Center in Minneapolis, Commonweal Theatre, and Riverside Theatre. Her new play collaborations have also appeared in festivals including the NYC Park's Summerstage, Edinburgh Festival Fringe and National Black Theatre Festival. She has been awarded fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts/Theater Communications Group Career Development Program, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, and Sundance Theater Lab. She is presently artistic associate at the Lark, where she has directed as part of the U.S./Mexico Exchange, Playwright's Week, and Barebones Series, as well as several programs for Lark alumni writers. Professor Horton began her career as a member of the Living Stage Theatre Company, the groundbreaking social change theatre of Arena Stage, where she created performances for a diverse audience including incarcerated men and women. While in Washington, D.C., she also produced education programs for the Kennedy Center and served as artistic director of Full Contact, whose company-created piece based on the narratives of Kosovar and Serbian refugees premiered at the Studio Theater.