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."