Kimberly Olsen is a teaching artist, arts administrator, director, arts-integration consultant, and certified special education teacher interested in sparking lifelong learning and growth through the arts.
As an artist, she strives to engage, entertain, and educate audiences with specific interest in the arts’ potential to reverse stereotypes and raise ceiling of expectation for people with disabilities. In the classroom, Kim loves using theatre as a tool to enhance student imagination, confidence, and sense of identity. She has worked with students aged Pre-K through 12th Grade across the tri-state area and specializes in arts integration, playmaking, creative drama, process drama, acting technique, and page to stage adaptations. Kim currently teaches with New York City Center, ArtsConnection, Queens Theatre, and McCarter Theatre Center. In addition to her work as a teaching artist, she is also the Conference Manager of NYC Arts in Education Roundtable’s Face to Face Conference, the largest, most comprehensive arts in education conference in New York State.
Recent artistic projects include The Reluctant Dragon (Harlem Children’s Theatre Festival), Saturday at McManus (Winterfest Theater Festival), The Twelve Dates of Christmas (Shetler Studios), Roughly Speaking (The Platform Group), One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest (The Gallery Players), Tommy Can’t Stop (Harlem Children’s Theatre Festival), The Hummingbird’s Tour (Theatre at St. Clement’s), The Lost Women of Troy (SUNY Geneseo, US Premiere), and Eye of the Coconut (GENseng, University Premiere).
Kim has a Bachelors degree in Education and Theatre from SUNY Geneseo and is currently pursuing a M.S.ED degree in Educational Theatre at City College of New York.