Kristen Adele has always had a passion for performing. At age 9, the Dallas native performed Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s, I Have a Dream speech for the general assembly at her school and was immediately taken by the ability of performance to inspire and motivate.
Kristen Adele made her on-screen acting debut in the HBO miniseries, America’s Dream starring Danny Glover, Wesley Snipes, Jasmine Guy and Vanessa Bell Calloway. Kristen has appeared in several national commercials for companies such as Pepsi, Certain Dri, Dave & Busters and the US Army.
Favorite on-stage roles include Undine Barnes-Calles in Lynn Nottage's Fabulation, Helen in Machinal, Mattie in Joe Turner’s Come And Gone, Calpurnia in To Kill A Mockingbird, Mrs. Cratchit in A Christmas Carol and Angelique in The Imaginary Invalid.
Kristen Adele is also the inaugural recipient of the Lett’s Rise Starlet Award and is a graduate of the University of North Texas where she received her BFA in Acting. Recently, she received her MFA in Acting from the Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University. During her graduate studies, Kristen was humbled to receive the Levin Scholarship and the Kelly Kriedeman Memorial Award.
Additionally, Kristen is the Founding Program Director of Arts in a Changing America (ArtChangeUS), a new, five-year initiative that seeks to explore and understand the dramatic demographic transformation of the United States and its profound impact on arts and culture. From 2014-2015, she served as a consultant for the Arts and Culture portfolio of the Ford Foundation in New York City.
She is currently co-writing Canfield Drive, a play about Ferguson, Missouri under the commission of 651 Arts in Brooklyn and The St. Louis Black Repertory Theatre.
In her spare time, Kristen loves to teach, dance and visit America's National Parks.