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Kristin Horton

Kristin Horton

Associate Professor of Practice
B.A. Religion, Emory University, 1994
M.F.A. Directing, University of Iowa, 2003

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.


Professor Kristin Horton directed the world premiere of Dead & Breathing by Chisa Hutchinson at the Contemporary American Theater Festival. She and Hutchinson have been commissioned as part of a playwright/director team by Working Theater to create a play inspired by and about Staten Island as part of The Five Boroughs/One City Project. A workshop of the play, featuring the actors Robbie McCauley and Arthur French, was presented at the Abingdon Theater in May 2015.

In the fall of 2014, Professor Horton produced the Roman Tragedies Festival, an examination of Shakespeare’s Roman tragedies through a series of performances, readings, conversations and screenings. As part of the festival, she directed a devised adaptation of Shakespeare's long poem, "The Rape of Lucrece." The festival also featured collaborations and partnerships with the Urban Democracy Lab, Fiasco Theater, and Show Us Womanish, an all-female student performance ensemble.

Professor Horton received the Gallatin Dean’s Award for Excellence in Teaching for 2013-2014. The award recognizes educators for their outstanding teaching; their ability to inspire their students; a pedagogical approach that is creative and rigorous; expert advising and mentoring skills; and contributions to their field.

Along with Matthew Gregory, she organized a staged reading and a panel discussion of Sulayman Al-Bassam’s play The Al-Hamlet Summit in March 2014 at Gallatin. She directed Hamlet for the Riverside Theatre in the Park in Iowa City, IA in April 2014. Horton has been an Artistic Associate of Riverside Theatre, one of Iowa’s few professional theater companies, for over a decade. In the fall of 2013, she directed a reading of Christopher Cartmill’s Home Land for New York’s Theater East. She continued her affiliation with the Lark Play Development Center by serving as a member of the Middle East America Initiative. She directed the world premiere of Chisa Hutchinson’s Dead & Breathing at the Contemporary American Theater Festival during the summer of 2014.  


Contact Information

Kristin Horton

Associate Professor of Practice
411 Laf, Room 303
(212) 992-9831
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Office Hours
Wednesday (12-1:30 by appt)
Thursday (2:30-5 by appt)


2015 Spring

Directing for the Twenty-first Century
Tue 3:30 PM - 6:10 PM

2014 Spring

Advanced Shakespeare Scene Study: Roman Tragedies
Tue 3:30 PM - 6:10 PM

2014 Fall

Iphigenia(s): War, Sacrifice, and Politics in Performance
Tue 3:30 PM - 6:10 PM

2013 Spring

Advanced Shakespeare Scene Study: The Histories
Tue 3:30 PM - 6:10 PM

2013 Fall

Master's Thesis Seminar
Tue 6:20 PM - 9:00 PM

Research and Teaching Interests

directing; new play development; Shakespeare in performance; W. B. Yeats; Caryl Churchill; religion and theater; process drama; puppetry; theater for social change; cross-cultural dialogue

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