Kristina Valada- Viars

Kristina has been very lucky to work regionally, in Chicago and New York. Favorite work has included Great God Pan by Amy Herzog at Next Theatre (Director Kimberly Senior), Completeness by Itamar Moses at Theatre Wit (Director Jeremy Weschler), Time Stands Still by Donald Margulies at Steppenwolf (Jeff Nom supporting actress, Director Austin Pendleton), Pony by Sylvan Oswald at About Face Theatre (Director Bonnie Metzgar), Monstrosity by Lucy Thurber at 13P (director Lear DeBessonet) and Love Drunk by Romulus Linney at the Abingdon (director Kelly Morgan).

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, Black Box with director Stephen Cone, and Showtime’s Shameless.

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 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 has trained in London and New York, private study with Jeff Perry, CayMichael Patten, Susan Kellerman among others, and holds a degree from Grinnell College with a focus in western social anthropology and theatre.

Currently appearing in Writer's Theatre production of The Diary of Anne Frank directed by Kimberly Senior.  Favorite work has included Great God Pan by Amy Herzog at Next Theatre (Director Kimberly Senior), Completeness by Itamar Moses at Theatre Wit (Director Jeremy Weschler), Time Stands Still by Donald Margulies at Steppenwolf (Jeff Nom supporting actress, Director Austin Pendleton), Pony by Sylvan Oswald at About Face Theatre (Director Bonnie Metzgar), Monstrosity by Lucy Thurber at 13P (director Lear DeBessonet) and Love Drunk by Romulus Linney at the Abingdon (director Kelly Morgan).

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