Kristen Moriarty (she/her/hers) is a teaching artist, actor, mom, sentimentalist, and an infinite seeker of thinking and feeling deeply. After earning her BFA in Acting/Dance at Adelphi University, she worked as an actor and movement choreographer in Chicago for several years before going back to school to pursue an MFA in acting/teaching at the University of Montana. In 2011, while earning her MFA, she also began her actor training with Shakespeare & Company where she fell in love with Shakespeare’s language and its capacity to reveal the truth; the power of listening, honesty, and being present; and the Berkshires. Under the guidance of her teaching mentors Dennis Krausnick and Andrew Borthwick-Leslie, she began her journey as a teacher trainee with the Company in 2017, and joined the multi-hyphenate and exceptional faculty at Shakespeare & Company in 2022 where she currently teaches Text, Basics, and Weekend workshops. Passionate about contributing to brave spaces and creating a more just and welcoming theatre, and society, for all people, Kristen loves working with actors who are curious—about themselves and the world—and helping facilitate personal growth and deepening belief in self. A boundless student, Kristen is grateful to continue learning from her students, colleagues, and certainly her daughters, and hopes to become a Designated Linklater Teacher someday.