...Kristen graduated Magna Cum Laude and earned a Bachelor of Music, as well as the Award for Outstanding Achievement in Musical Theatre at her school. Armed with the inspiration instilled by several teachers, she went on to co-produce 2 children’s albums, creating a music publishing company and joining ASCAP in the process. She was thrilled to learn a short while later that her original song, “Thank You,” from the second album received an Honorable Mention from The John Lennon Songwriting Contest.
While continuing to act and write music, Kristen kept up her love for art as well and began designing CD covers for local artists. She also grew interested in acting for film and after attending a local shoot, she was hooked. She began working in school, independent and major motion picture films and landed a job with RuMe Corporation, acting in industrials for companies such as KMart and Saks Fifth Avenue. Passionate about these new endeavors, Kristen headed to NYU’s Stonestreet Studios for a summer of intensive acting classes. It was one of the most amazing learning experiences for her; she immersed herself in the work there, often staying after classes to rehearse and to absorb everything around her.
Most recently, Kristen began studying with Monroe Mann, and congruent with his philosophies, she continued to pursue projects in several creative fields. As a multifaceted artist, she has played keyboard for a local band, composed an anthem for The Music Box Society International, illustrated comics for the newly released text book, “Preparing For A Career In Media and Design” (Pearson/Prentice Hall), and has had her children’s music arranged and played on carousels across the country (and in Canada!). She has experience as an arranger, piano teacher and graphic designer, and is in the process of completing two screenplays. In 2011, she also earned a Master of Music with a concentration in music composition.