BIO: Kristina S. Rowell

Kristina S. Rowell 

Mode Music and Performing Arts Co-Founder & Education Director

Kristina is a teaching artist, director, playwright and actor based in Seattle. Kristina has over 15 years of professional teaching experience in the Puget Sound region and enjoys leading acting, directing, and playwriting classes for students of all ages. Play creation and performance classes are her favorite. The pride students feel while performing text they created together is a wonder to behold.

Kristina was most recently the Education Director at Studio East, training for the performing arts (2015-2018). Since 2002 she has taught theatre arts classes at many Northwest nonprofit arts organizations including  Macha Monkey Productions, Youth Theatre Northwest, Icicle Creek Arts Center, The Seattle Children’s Theatre, The Seattle Repertory Theatre,  A Contemporary Theatre, and Red Eagle Soaring. Kristina loves new plays and was the co-founder of Macha Monkey Productions (2001-2016), a nonprofit theatre company dedicated to creating and producing new work in theatre. She is also the author of several critically acclaimed plays including Thebes and Franklin and Figaro. Her play Nancy, Frank, and Joe, co-written with Desiree Prewitt, was nominated for the Steinberg/ATCA New Play Award in 2010. Kristina’s plays have been produced in Seattle, Denver, Albuquerque, and across Canada in numerous fringe theatre festivals.  Kristina received her Bachelor of Arts in Theatre from Western Washington University and her Master in Nonprofit Leadership from Seattle University.

“My kids acted for me last night. Watching them made my heart so happy because their minds and hearts were soared Valentina read and reread her scripts. Alejo ‘would do that again!’ They want more! Yay! Thank you for sharing your time and talent with our community and our kids!  Fun is an empty space and imagination.” – Susi Borrero-Musi, Mode Drama Day Parent
“Kristina is a great teacher and mentor because she manages to balance her practical advice with a huge creative spirit. Every class left me inspired and fueled with new ideas and techniques to use constructing my plays. The experience I gained in class enabled me to be a successful writer.” -Emma McIntosh, high school theatre student

“The experience was extremely rewarding… Kristina’s instruction enabled us to put our ideas into action and to build on them in creative ways.” – Holly Butterfield, high school theatre arts student

“Well, I’m sure that you’ll never see me under the bright lights of Broadway but I’m positive this class with you was perfect for me as a first time acting experience. Kristina, you are an amazing teacher who is really wise beyond her years and so multitalented yet kind and humble and super fun and sweet to learn from.” – Danielle Wat, Bellevue College Acting Student

“I used to want to write but didn’t know how to get started. My playwriting confidence was kickstarted when I took the Adult Intro to Playwriting class. A highlight of the class was also having the chance to hear my work read by professional actors in a showcase. I am so grateful to have learned from a great teacher like Kristina in a fun, exciting, and supportive class.”  – Seayoung Yim, adult playwriting student