Owner & Co-founder
Kristianna Smith is a facilitator , theatre artist, and educator. She has spent over a decade working to reinvigorate the human experience through theatre arts. Kristianna works with educators, community organizers, and civic leaders to enhance their methods and practices with arts infusion. Through arts-based programming, she collaborates with her partners to increase their accessibility to address the difficult topics of privilege, equity, oppression, and creativity within their communities. Kristianna was one of 24 creatives chosen as a 2017-2018 National Arts Strategies Creative Community Fellow, where she began development of an arts integrated approach for community members that utilizes theatre techniques at every stage of policy planning. This approach incorporates civic engagement theatre techniques to build community, process data, envision strategies, and then experientially test drive policy ideas before putting them into action. She also served on the Steering Committee of Young Women Rising, a program of the Connecticut Commission on the Status of Women, Children, and Seniors, focused on encouraging leadership in young women ages 18-35 in the state until the program's end in 2017. Kristianna is a current member of the local Racial Equity Steering Committee in her hometown of New Britain, CT.
In 2018, Kristianna was honored as one of six women to receive the Connecticut's Women's Education and Legal Fund The Future Is Now Award, honoring young women leadership in the state.
Kristianna is known for her quick wit, can-do attitude, love of play, and slight obsession with the color purple. Recently, she has been exploring her journey pregnancy and parenthood in her personal blog The Curlless Journey. This journey has led her to create more spaces, both virtual and physical, which center black mothers and caregivers. It is Kristianna’s belief that by centering marginalized voices we are more able to devise a world of true belonging.
Learn more about the program and Kristianna's project Policy Through Play here.
Enza Giannone-Hosig is a multi-disciplinary theatre artist, educator, and scholar whose work with youth and communities spans over 20 years and three countries. Enza holds a Ph.D. in Theatre (Theatre for Youth) from Arizona State University. Her dissertation, But Now You Can See Me: Devising Theatre With Youth Artist-Researchers in Search Of Revelations and Docutheatricality, is an arts-based qualitative case study that examines identity and the experiences of urban youth who make original documentary theatre for social justice. Recently this study was awarded the Outstanding Dissertation Award from the American Educational Research Associations's Arts-Based Educational Research Special Interest Group. Enza also holds a M.A. in Educational Theatre with K-12 teaching credentials (NY & CT) from New York University's Steinhardt School and a B.F.A in Drama (Acting) from New York University's Tisch School of the Arts. Her body of research and work with youth has also been recognized with the prestigious Winifred Ward Scholarship Award by the American Alliance for Theatre and Education and the selective Dissertation Fellowship from ASU’s Division of Graduate Studies. Enza's specializations are distinguished by a commitment to arts education and arts-based educational research, applied and social justice theatre, community-based arts, and direction of TYA plays and devised drama. She has presented her practice and research internationally at the ASSITEJ World Congress in Sweden, for which her ITYARN conference paper was chosen by peers for international publication, and the Hemispheric Institute Encuentro 2014, and nationally at the Pedagogy and Theatre of the Oppressed, American Alliance for Theatre and Education, American Society of Theatre Research, ASU Language & Literacy conferences, and NYU Educational Theatre Symposiums. Beyond her facilitation and research, Enza has directed and performed in many adult and children’s theatre productions throughout the U.S.