Kristen Smith is an actor, comedian, writer and native Oregonian. She earned her degree at the University of Portland, where she had a double emphasis in acting and costume design. While there, she partnered with Comedy Sportz Portland to organize the first Northwest Collegiate Improv Tournament, which still lives on today... or so they tell her.
Since moving to Los Angeles, Kristen has studied improv and sketch comedy at Second City, iO West, and The Groundlings. She's a member of the sketch comedy group Fred For Nothing, which is best known for their original musical comedy content, including the Christmas musical, "North Poled." Kristen teaches improv to students of all ages and experience levels as part of the teaching team at Comedy Sportz Los Angeles, where she is also a Main Company member. She also coaches at high schools throughout Southern California as part of the CSz High School League program.
Last Fall, Kristen enjoyed her first stint as an improv teacher at Camp Bravo, an award-winning performing arts educational summer camp for middle school and high school aged students. She is a proud performer and teaching artist with The Story Pirates, an arts education and media company based in New York and LA. The Story Pirates adapt stories written by kids into sketch comedy and musicals. Those pieces are then performed for kids in schools and theaters all over the country. Kristen was recently reviewed by some kid in Texas who told her she was his third favorite.
Kristen couldn't be more excited to be able to pass on her knowledge and passion for improvisation to the students at Studio School.