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Kelsey Leigh Ervi is a director and actor living in Dallas, TX. As a director, her work engages in devised theatre, ensemble-driven texts, women’s stories, and work of the queer voice. She is invested in creating collaborative, inclusive spaces that encourage vulnerability while providing a safe environment in which to explore text, movement, and connection. Kelsey’s work has frequently explored the loss of childhood innocence and how we are able to rediscover that innocence and nurture it to rebirth as adults. She believes theatre is a shared experience between artist and audience, and that the experience can provide both entertainment and thought-provoking conversation.
This fall, Kelsey will be moving to Chicago to begin her first year in the MFA in Directing program at Northwestern University.
Currently, Kelsey serves as Associate Artistic Director for WaterTower Theatre where she has directed many plays including The Ballad of Little Jo, Everything is Wonderful, The Great Distance Home (2018 D-FW Theater Critics Forum Award - Outstanding Creative Contribution), The Last Five Years, Parade in Concert, Silent Sky, Lord of the Flies, and Honky, among others.
In addition to directing for WaterTower, Kelsey also served as Producer for the 2018 DETOUR: A Festival of New Work, a 4-day festival that offered public performances of devised work and new play readings from local and national artists. Prior to DETOUR, Kelsey was a Producer for the 2013, 2014, and 2015 Out of the Loop Fringe Festival, a 10-day festival at WaterTower that presented theatre, music, spoken word, visual, circus, and dance artists and organizations from across the country.
Kelsey's directing work has been seen at many Dallas theaters including Cry Havoc Theater, Junior Players, Echo Theatre, Rite of Passage Theatre Company, Festival of Independent Theaters, and Greyman Theatre Company. Kelsey was recently recognized by the Dallas Voice in its “35 LGBTQ Leaders under 35” list!
As an actor, Kelsey was most recently seen in White Rabbit Red Rabbit and the 50th Anniversary production of Hair (D-FW Theater Critics Forum Award - Outstanding Ensemble) with Dallas Theater Center. Other favorites include Hit the Wall and Bright Half Life with WaterTower Theatre, Mr. Burns, a post-electric play with Stage West (D-FW Theater Critics Forum Award - Outstanding Ensemble), The Most Fabulous Story Ever Told (Uptown Players), [sic] (Echo Theatre), and A Midsummer Night's Dream (Shakespeare in the Bar). Kelsey is a member of Actors' Equity Association.