Kristen Coury
      KRISTEN COURY (Director) makes her feature film directorial debut with “Friends and Family,” and comes from a rich and varied theatrical background.  This multi-talented artist has experience that spans stage direction, screenwriting, theater management, and commercials.

      Kristen is currently in pre-production on "Waiting for the Glaciers to Melt," a new Beckett-esque musical by writer/actor Brian Lane Green, an abstract telling of isolation and immobility,  which will be seen on stage in New York City at the Manhattan International Theatre Festival in July.  

      Kristen recently mounted a cabaret-version of a new musical called “Least Likely to Sing Gospel,” a musical perspective about societal expectations. Kristen has worked on a variety of new musicals in various stages of development, including “Steel Pier” (with Karen Ziemba) on Broadway, a Broadway-workshop of “The Jazz Singer” (with Sam Harris), “Houdini” at the Goodspeed Opera House, and has frequently been invited to direct at Marist College, where she has staged productions of “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat” and “West Side Story,” both of which were named Best Production of their year, and, most recently, “A View from the Bridge” and “A Streetcar Named Desire”. 

      Kristen has directed countless readings of new works in New York City, and directed a charity project called “Storyland Fantasy,” at the Russian Tea Room in New York City, involving a multi-media display, improv troupes, music and art – all designed to encourage children’s imaginations and inspire them to read.

      Along with jazz composer John Tennyson, Kristen wrote a screenplay entitled “Accidental Moments,” a love story that will be shot in Italy and France, and has recently begun work on two scripts, "Out of the Blue," an international romantic comedy, and a metaphysical/history film about Lorenzo de Medici and the Italian Renaissance entitled “Soul of the Renaissance."  She has also added her hand to several re-writes of a script called "Love and Medicine" for Sneak Preview Entertainment.

      Kristen worked in production/management for Walt Disney Theatrical Productions (working on international productions of “Beauty and the Beast” and “King David”), and Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Really Useful Company in New York City (“Sunset Boulevard” on Broadway and on Tour).  At other times in her career, she worked on promotional films and film shorts, taught workshops in acting and directing, and directed her own 16MM short entitled “Order, Please."

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