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Kristin Horton

Associate Professor of Practice
kristin.horton@nyu.edu
(212) 992-9831
411 Laf, Room 303

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

Kristin Horton is theater director who works on new plays, re-imagined classics, and community-engaged practices. Recent work includes the world premiere of AFTER/LIFE: DETROIT '67, a community-engaged drama about the '67 Detroit rebellion focusing on the experience of women and girls with playwright Lisa Biggs and the premiere of Chiori Miyagawa’s IN THE LINE. Horton’s new play collaborations have appeared at the Contemporary American Theater Festival, Working Theater, HERE, NYC Summerstage, Lark Play Development Center, William Inge Playwrights’ Festival, New Dramatists, The Playwrights’ Center in Minneapolis, Workhaus Collective, id Theater, Commonweal Theatre, NYU’s Skirball Center, Riverside Theatre, Iowa New Play Festival, Lied Center for the Performing Arts, Edinburgh Festival Fringe and National Black Theatre Festival.

She has a long-time association with the Lark Play Development Center, where she has directed as part of its many programs and worked with numerous writers including Rajiv Joseph, David Henry Hwang, Sam Hunter, Lisa Kron, Chisa Hutchinson, Katori Hall, Steve Drukman, Lloyd Suh, Caridad Svich, Chiori Miyagawa, Saviana Stanescu, Elaine Romero, Dano Madden, Andrew Rosendorf and Jeanne Sakata. Inspired by her experience assisting acclaimed director Lee Breuer on the Mabou Mines’ DOLLHOUSE at the Sundance Theater Lab, Horton has continued to investigate re-imaginings of the classics. At Gallatin, she commissioned and directed Jen Silverman’s BONES AT THE GATE, an adaptation of Sophocles’ ANTIGONE as well as directed a devised adaptation of Shakespeare’s long poem, THE RAPE OF LUCRECE. Other adaptations have included Jason Grote’s 1001, Kafka’s THE TRIAL, as well as the world premiere of Victoria Stewart’s ACCLIMATE, a contemporary adaptation of Ibsen’s LADY FROM THE SEA at Commonweal Theatre. A specialist in heightened text, she has directed several plays by Shakespeare for Riverside Theatre in the Park including HAMLET, MERCHANT OF VENICE, RICHARD III, MEASURE FOR MEASURE and TAMING OF THE SHREW as well as UNCONTROLLABLE MYSTERY: THREE PLAYS BY WB YEATS at the University of Iowa. At Gallatin she has taught several advanced acting Shakespeare classes focusing on a play or distinct body of work including Hamlet, the Henriad and the Roman Tragedies.

Horton began her theater career in the mid-90s as a member of the Living Stage Theatre Company, the groundbreaking social change theater of Arena Stage, where she created performances for a diverse audience including incarcerated men and women. Her early experiences making theater for social change continue to inform and inspire her work as reflected in recent collaborations with the Arctic Cycle, NoPassport, Dream Act Union, Urban Democracy Lab and Center for Creative Activism. A recipient of the National Endowment for the Arts/TCG Career Development Program for Directors she has also received fellowships from the Oregon Shakespeare Festival and Sundance Theater Lab as well as numerous project grants from the NEA. She currently serves as the Chair of the Interdisciplinary Arts Program and Artistic Director of the Gallatin Arts Festival. In 2014, she received the Dean’s Award for Excellence in Teaching.

Teaching and Research Interests

directing; new play development; community-engaged practices; theater and social change; practice-based research; puppetry; participatory performance; religion and theater; Greek tragedy; Shakespeare in performance

Recent News

AWARDS AND HONORS

AFTER/LIFE, a living history play which directed by Gallatin faculty member Kristin Horton, was awarded $100,000 from the Knight Foundation.

Horton is the recipient of a 2016-2017 National Endowment for the Arts Project Grant for Breaking Bread, a participatory performance she is developing in collaboration with playwright Chisa Hutchinson and Working Theater. She directed a reading of Hutchinson's The Subject at the New Brooklyn Theater.

CONFERENCES

Along with playwright and NoPassport founder Caridad Svich, Horton co-curated and co-organized the 2016 NoPassport Theatre Alliance Conference: Dreaming the Americas: Who Is It For? Spectatorship and the Body Politic, which was held at Gallatin in March 2016.

PERFORMANCES

In April 2019, Horton directed a workshop of DAMASCUS/ALEPPO by Abdullah AlKafri and translator Dima Matta as part of Arab Voices: Three New Dramatic Texts From Beirut and Berlin. In 2017, Horton directed AFTER/LIFE: DETROIT '67, a community-engaged drama about the '67 Detroit rebellion focusing on the experience of women and girls by Lisa Biggs. AFTER/LIFE was created and staged with Virginia Park residents and actors from the Detroit metro area as part of the local '67 commemorative events in Detroit in July 2017, just a few blocks from where the rebellion began. Horton directed the world premiere of Chiori Miyagawa’s IN THE LINE for the 2017 Women in Theater Festival at ART/NY.  

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.