Kristina Valada- Viars
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.