Kelly Kerwin (she/hers) will begin her tenure as OKC Rep's Artistic Director in July 2021. She comes to OKC Rep after four years at The Public Theater, were she was the Associate Producer for the Under the Radar Festival and The Public’s Devised Theater Working Group. She was also a Line Producer for plays and musicals in The Public’s five performance spaces.
At The Public, she line produced Girl from The North Country (Conor McPherson); A Bright Room Called Day (Tony Kushner, Oskar Eustis); Soft Power (David Henry Hwang, Jeanine Tesori, Leigh Silverman, Sam Pinkleton); The Line (Jessica Blank & Erik Jensen); We're Only Alive for A Short Amount of Time (David Cale, Robert Falls); M’lima’s Tale (Lynn Nottage, Jo Bonney). She also produced three Under the Radar Festivals featuring work by Whitney White + Peter Mark Kendall; Manual Cinema; Tania El Khoury; Inua Ellams; New Saloon; Lola Arias; Rude Mechs; Ifeoma Fafunwa; 600 Highwaymen, Choir! Choir! Choir! with David Byrne, and many other internationally acclaimed artists.
Kelly has been on the artistic staff at Yale Repertory Theater, Steppenwolf Theatre Company, Atlantic Theater Company, The House Theatre of Chicago, Chicago’s Collaboraction, and she was the Co-Artistic Director for the Yale Cabaret's 46th Season. She also helped establish, with Jane Beachy, Chicago's Salonathon, a weekly series specializing in underground performance. As a dramaturg, she has worked on world premieres with playwrights Ike Holter, Phillip Howze, Carly Mensch, Amelia Roper, and Emily Zemba.
Kelly has a BFA from the Theatre School at DePaul University and an MFA in Dramaturgy and Dramatic Criticism from the Yale School of Drama, where she received The Pierre-André Salim Prize---awarded to the graduating student who shows distinct promise of raising the standard of practice in the field.