Kristina Friedgen is an MFA Candidate in ASU’s Theatre for Youth program and works as the Education Director at Young Artists of America, a youth-focused musical theatre training company for singers, actors, dancers, and musicians in Washington, D.C. She worked as a theatre educator for the past 13 years after earning her BA in Theatre from the University of Maryland and a Certificate in Teaching from Notre Dame of Maryland. As a director and choreographer, Kristina explores how performance can create bridges from spectators to the performer in order to connect the community and promote social action. Kristina’s current graduate work focuses on implementing Creative Youth Development theory through Creative Placemaking projects using Applied Theatre methods.

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