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Kristin Leadbetter

Seventh-year PhD Candidate


Kristin Leadbetter is a multi-hyphenate artist and seventh-year Ph.D. candidate at UC San Diego. Originally from Rochester, NY, she has practiced, studied, and taught theatre on both coasts of the United States.
Kristin holds a BA in Communication from SUNY Geneseo with a dual minor in Theatre and Business and is a member of Lambda Pi Eta (National Communication Association honor society). She has worked for film, television, and media companies, most notably as an On-Air Producer and Promotions Director for iHeartMedia. Kristin earned her MA in Theatre Arts at Stony Brook University, where she founded Parodos Professional Development, an education initiative for the integrated application of a Theatre degree.
Kristin’s dissertation project focuses on intersections of acting techniques and communication studies with particular attention to pedagogy and theatre as a liberal art. Her other research interests include feminist critical theory, embodied cognition, and identity performance.
Kristin has worked with La Jolla Playhouse, Geva Theatre Center, Peoples Improv Theatre, Guild Hall of East Hampton, and the Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science. She is committed to an “on-stage” approach to theory with considerable experience acting and directing at the university and professional level. 


Acting theory, acting pedagogy, communication theory, applied theatre


BA in Communication from State University of New York (SUNY) at Geneseo
MA in Theatre Arts from Stony Brook University

UC San Diego credits

Revolt. She Said. Revolt Again. (Dramaturg)
Peer Gynt (Dramaturg)
SERE (Dramaturg, WNPF ’18)
Shame Spiral (Dramaturg, WNPF ’19)
Elektra (Dramaturg)