Award & Honors
Kelly had the honor of being an Artist-in-Residence with the Barn Arts Collective where she developed Breath: An Experience for the Very Young
Spinning Dot Theatre was awarded the Zeta Phi Eta - Winifred Ward Outstanding New Children's Theatre Company Award by the American Alliance for Theatre and Education. Kelly accepted the award with her mentor and friend, Jenny Anne Koppera, Artistic Director of Spinning Dot Theatre.
Kelly was awarded the Rita Criste Fellowship Scholarship from the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts.
Kelly was awarded a research travel grant with the Graduate and Professional Student Association of Arizona State University.
Kelly presented at the 2018 American Alliance for Theatre & Education national conference. Her first presentation was on her research on arts practices being done in refugee camps and emergency shelters as a way to alleviate trauma and promote healing. Her second presentation was with the American Theatre for the Very Young: A Digital Festival, for her work on her original production, Ruff.
Kelly's original, devised production of Ruff is accepted and featured in the American Theatre for the Very Young: A Digital Festival.
Kelly was selected to partake in the What Hamilton Means to Me experience at Arizona State University, observing the positive social and political effects of Hamilton on university campuses.
Kelly presented on Spinning Dot Theatre's practice and pedagogy at the 2017 ITYARN-ASSITEJ conference in Cape Town, South Africa.
Kelly was honored to receive the Jim Rye Fellowship from the International Performance Arts for Youth conference in 2016, where she traveled to Montréal, Canada to participate in the conference and dialogue with leaders in the field of International Theatre for Youth.
Kelly presented at the College to Career conference in partnership with Eastern Michigan University, giving her perspective about life as a young professional in the field of theatre arts.
Kelly was the inaugural Artist-in-Residence with Spinning Dot Theatre. With her residency, she developed the production Sedna: An Inuit Tale.