Kristina Valada- Viars

Kristina feels very lucky to live and work in the city she calls home (Chicago) and actively pursues connections with other art-based communities around the country and the world. She is the recipient of the 2017 Princess Grace Award for Theatre and is in residence at Steppenwolf Theatre Company for the 2017-2018 season (Acting/Directing Fellowship). She was a Grand Prize Jury Member for the 2012 Iris Prize for Short Film in Cardiff, Wales as well as recipient of the Best Actress in a Feature Length Film award for her work in Molly’s Girl. Other favorite on camera projects include The Animal Kingdom with director Andrew Repasky-McElhinney (MOMA Archives), Black Box with director Stephen Cone, and Showtime’s Shameless.

Favorite stage work has included The (Curious Case of the) Watson Intelligence by Madeleine George at Theatre Wit (director Jeremy Weschler), Time Stands Still by Donald Margulies at Steppenwolf (Jeff Nom supporting actress, director Austin Pendleton), The Diary of Anne Frank at Writer's Theatre (director Kimberly Senior), Monstrosity by Lucy Thurber at 13P (director Lear DeBessonet) and Love Drunk by Romulus Linney at the Abingdon (opposite Austin Pendleton, director Kelly Morgan). She was the first woman to play the role of Freida (traditionally "Fred") in Goodman Theatre's A Christmas Carol (2016) and has appeared in the last two seasons of Steppenwolf's SYA program, first in the world premiere of The Burials (Caitlin Parrish and Erica Weiss) and most recently as Elizabeth Proctor in The Crucible (director Jonathan Berry). She directed the world premiere of Scapegoat by Connor McNamara at The New Colony (2017).

She has worked extensively as an actor in new play development with several companies including New Dramatists in New York under the artistic directorship of Todd London and leadership of Emily Morse and John Steber. She worked as an educator/director/actor with the MCC Youth Company in New York under the leadership of playwright Lucy Thurber and director John DiResta. She trained in London and New York, private study with Jeff Perry, CayMichael Patten, Susan Kellerman among others, and holds a theatre degree from Grinnell College with an additional focus in western social anthropology and immigration history.

Upcoming Projects include: Cry It Out (Northlight Theatre, director Jessica Fisch), the Chicago-made web series The Force, and is developing an artist-led ongoing exchange project between Chicago and New Orleans.

Location Chicago
Union SAG/AFTRA
Union 2 Equity
Height 5'8"
Hair Brown
Eyes Brown