Type: Workshop, Residency
Art Form: Writer, Actor, filmmaker, puppeteer.
Grade Level: K-12
Kari Morris happily serves as a teaching artist (theater, film, puppetry) throughout the five boroughs and upstate New York, where they have co-created, adapted, and directed 40 + original short plays / film projects for and with K-5 children, including musical scenes and Shakespeare adaptations. As a teaching artist, Kari strives to bring a spirit of warmth, safety, and organized silliness that invites and ignites student focus, creativity, and teamwork. Beyond immersing students in an art form, she strives to empower students with the bigger truth: they are an artist with a vital point of view.
Her short film, Two (executive producer, writer, and actor) was a finalist in the Academy Award-qualifying USA Film Festival. Their latest short film, Counting (writer) won first place in the shorts category in the North by Northwest Micro-Budget Film Festival and Best Screenplay Award at the Fargo Moorhead LGBT Film Festival. She recently appeared in the PSA Commercial "Happy World Animal Day!" (David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust) and frequently lends their voice and pen to Co-op Theatre East's RADIO COTE: 24 Hour Newsroom, selected for 2019-2020 residence at the Kraine Theatre. She was in the premier cast of Blank Canvas at the HERE Arts Center (Downtown Urban Theater Festival) and the piece won Best Short Play. Other favorite stage roles include Iris in Children’s Letters to God (TYA National Tour) and Helena in A MidSummer Night’s Dream (Lucille Lortel). A cum laude graduate of both Millikin University and The New School for Drama, Kari is a proud member of Actor’s Equity.