Kimberlee (she/her/hers) is a playwright, teaching artist, and theatre-maker from sunny Southern California, who has taught and created for young people in California, Nebraska, and Hawai'i. She earned her BA from Cal Poly Pomona in 2013. At Cal Poly she had the opportunity to be trained in the classic techniques of Shakespeare, Chekhov, and Moliere and modern fare. In addition to honing her craft as an actor, Kimberlee also spent a fair amount of time around designers and technicians -- both in and out of class, which allowed her to develop a healthy curiosity and passion for the crafts behind the scenes.
After college, she spent a good amount of time auditioning and practicing her craft around Southern California, and also worked at Disneyland as a Jungle Cruise Skipper.
Eventually, she found her way to Omaha, Nebraska where she developed and hone her skills as a teaching artist, actor, and creator at The Rose Theatre.
After two and a half years, she finally found herself on the island of O'ahu where she attended the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa. There she served as Managing Director/Co-Publicity Director of the on student-run theatre company "Late Night Theatre Co." She also had the unique pleasure of creating two online adventures (one for and with Pre-K students and one for older audiences), produced two play festivals, and co-helmed two playwriting workshops in her spare time. She recently graduated with a master's degree in playwriting (paying special attention to creating pieces for and with young artists) in May 2021.
In her post-graduate career, she is continuing her writing pursuits and is actively submitting to festivals and opportunities as they arise.
After her another year with the Rose Theater, she will continue her trek of the Midwest with What if Puppets (formerly Mesner Puppet Theater) in Kansas City, MO as a Full-Time Teaching Artist (imbuing imaginative play with important social-emotional skills for PreK students in the North Kansas City and Smithville areas).
"The Girl's Bathroom Confessional" was chosen to participate in The Playwright's Roundtable through Kansas City Public Theatre.
"Star Stuff" had its first professional production through Think Tank Theatre in Tampa/FL (dir. Sadie Lockhart).
"Star Stuff" had its first educational workshop production through Cal Poly Pomona (dir. Bernardo Solano)
Kimberlee joined the What if Puppets full-time staff as a teaching artist where she continues to pilot educational models and will help develop their professional production.s
"Star Stuff" was a finalist in ThinkTank Theatre's TYA New Works Festival.
Kimberlee began a 9-month Teaching Fellowship with What if Puppets where she will work in the preschools of North Kansas City, Smithville, and Holy Cross bringing more support to social-emotional learning with puppetry.
"The Supernatural Intervention of the Callow Burrows Twins" was accepted as a read-it-yourself entry in the PlayFest through Playbuilderʻs of Hawaiʻi.
Kimberlee began a 9-month contract (and a continued 3-month summer contract) with the Rose Theater (Omaha, NE) as a contract teaching artist where she will work with a variety of students across the Omaha metro area. She will also co-helm/direct the Young Playwrightʻs festival, serve as stage manager for metro tours, and appear in a mainstage show.
Graduated from the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa with an MFA in Theatre (Playwriting) earning two departmental awards upon graduating.