Director & Co-founder
Kristianna Smith is an experienced educator and impassioned theatre artist. She has spent over a decade working with youth, educators, and the elderly reinvigorating the human experience through theatre arts. Kristianna attended the University of New Hampshire, where she received a Bachelor's Degree in Theatre with an emphasis in Secondary Education. After college, Kristianna was accepted as the 2011-2012 Education Resident for Long Wharf Theatre's Next Stage Program. During this time, Kristianna directed the warmly received production The Mischief Makers. She remains the only Education Resident to have directed for the Next Stage Program. She also cast and directed the vocal talent of Long Wharf Theatre's winning PSA for the National Corporate Theatre Fund Contest, highlighting how theatre helps to prepare students for the 21st Century workforce. As a teaching artist, Kristianna has worked with learners of all ages. Most notably, she has trained educators in both Arts Integration and Social Justice Theatre. This work has specialized in using the arts to reach students in traditional and non-traditional classroom settings. Kristianna is known for her quick wit and can-do attitude. Through ensemble building, performance skills, and the creative genius of her participants, Kristianna has helped teachers, students, and community members interact effectively with one another. Kristianna currently serves 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. More than anything, Kristianna believes in theatre's positive impact on a community. She strives to create stronger, long-lasting community bonds in her work as an artist, activist, and educator.
Kristianna was recently chosen as a National Arts Strategies Creative Community Fellow. One of 24 creatives from around the country, who will work with NAS and one another to develop their leadership skills and launch their programs. 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.