Kristen Cerelli is an actor, singer-‐songwriter, teaching artist and personal coach. She began her professional acting career touring the country as Peter in Theatreworks' USA's Peter Pan, eventually returning to NYC, where she worked most frequently in the downtown and off-‐broadway theater scene. Appearing as the title character in the US premiere of Claudia Dey's Beaver, Kristen drew audience and critical praise alike. David Cote of Time Out New York magazine called her performance “a standout,” and said “Cerelli’s vibrant Beatrice morphs before our eyes from lost little girl to hardened young adult.” And Phoebe Hoban of The New York Times cited her portrayal of Marie in The Workroom (Unbound Theater/MTS), as one of “impish charm.” She played leading roles in The Stonewater Rapture (Circle in the Square Downtown), Earth Mothers (Manhattan Theater Source), Talk to Me Like the Rain (78th Street Theater Lab), A World With Snow (opposite Austin Pendleton at Peter Jay Sharp), Within the Skins of Saints (opposite Dylan Baker at The Actors Studio), Kaboom! (The Cherry Lane), and had the honor of originating the role of Hertha Neilson in the East Coast premiere of Tennessee Williams' Spring Storm (Theatre at St. Clements). For that performance, Victor Gluck of Backstage wrote: “Kristen Cerelli does wonders with the repressed spinster, who could so easily have become a caricature.”
Regionally, she was seen in Suzan-‐Lori Parks’ 365 Plays/365 Days at the Berkshire Fringe Festival, and in Allison Moore’s Hazard County at Wellfleet Harbor Actors Theater. An authentic “Jersey Girl” herself, Kristen appeared as pregnant, beleaguered mob wife Jen Fazio on season 6 of HBO’s The Sopranos, and in the short films A Momentary Loss and She’s Wild Again Tonight. As a singer-‐songwriter, she has written, produced and recorded 6-‐ song ep entitled "tongue-‐tied heart" (available online) and regularly plays live with her quartet at big apple “dives” including The Bitter End, Kenny's Castaways, The Baggott Inn, Parkside Lounge, Connolly's, and Desmond's Tavern. Kristen has also sung original music and cover tunes at legendary venues Joe’s Pub and Housingworks’ Used Book Café. She is currently preparing to record her first full-‐length album.
In addition to her theatrical and musical pursuits, Kristen is a teaching artist in the NYC public schools with CUNY’s Creative Arts Team and Queens Theater in the Park. She has taught audition technique and scene study privately and at Raritan Valley Community College in central NJ. A 2011 graduate of The Newfield Network's Professional Coach Training Program in Boulder, CO, Kristen is passionate about group learning and fascinated by the intersection of positive psychology, theater, leadership development and metaphysics. To that end, she has co-‐designed and co-‐facilitated a weekend retreat for women focused on power, pleasure and possibility with her colleagues at Tri-‐Coastal Coaching, and hopes to expand the curriculum from that workshop into a weekly "salon experience" serving the community of women in the tri-‐state area and beyond. Kristen has a private coaching practice geared towards teen girls and young women, artists in career transition and change seekers from all walks of life (www.coachingwithkc.com). She is a member of the International Coach Federation, the National Association of Professional Women, Actors Equity Association and a Lifetime Member of The Actors Studio. Kristen received a BA in English Literature from Binghamton University and an MFA in Acting from The New School. She is also a super-‐fun auntie, avid runner, baseball watcher and longtime devotee of both silent meditation and ear-‐splitting silliness