Kristen Palmer is a Brooklyn-based playwright and teaching artist.

She was in the 2010-12 Women’s Project Theatre Lab and a contributing playwright on the off-Broadway production WE PLAY FOR THE GODS. She was a 2012 Dakin Fellow at the Sewanee Writer’s Conference and the winner of the 2012 Zarkower Award at Hunter College. She received the 2008-09 Jerome Fellowship at the Playwrights’ Center.  She is a Dramatist Guild Fellow alumna and is the recipient of a 2011 Connecticut State Individual Artist Grant. Kristen is an affiliated artist of New Georges, P73 and a Soho Rep Writer/Director Lab alumna.  She was Playwright-in-Residence at the William Inge Center for the Arts and has designed and implemented arts education programs in schools and treatment centers across the country. 

Her full-length plays include WESTWARD MUTATIONS, ONCE UPON A BRIDE THERE WAS A FOREST, SACRIFICE, THE STRAY DOG, THE MELTING POINT, LOCAL STORY, THE HEART IN YOUR CHEST, DEPARTURES, and ALL THE GIRLS LOVE BOBBY KENNEDY.  These have been produced and/or developed with Hunter Playwrights, Capital Stage, Rising Phoenix Rep, New Georges, Blue Coyote, The Playwrights’ Center, P73, Soho Rep, Circle X, FLUX, The Orlando Shakespeare Festival and others.  

Her short plays include CONFIDENCE, quiet killers, ESTHER, WRITING THE GIRL, SOMETHING DECENT, DISCONNECTED, CHILDREN COVER YOUR EARS, MARINA AND THE POLE, THE RUBY RED WRENCH, VERILEE and SAD (co-written with Adam Szymkowicz).  These have been commissioned and/or produced by FLUX Theater, Clubbed Thumb, Blue Coyote, Theatre of NOTE, Point of Contention, Printer's Devil, Boston Theatre Marathon, and others.

Kristen was a company member of Printer’s Devil Theatre in Seattle from 1998-2002.  With Printer's Devil she directed the touring garage rock opera, HERBERT MATTHEWS GOES TO THE SIERRA by Herbert Bergel, originated the role of The Girl in Heidi Schreck's STRAY, co-curated the New Play Bonanza (12 new plays in 12 weeks), curated and founded Squatter's Rights Nights, directed readings of plays by Sheila Callaghan, Julia Edwards and William Monigold, served as stage manager on several productions and played clarinet in The Dimpled Midwesterners and on Rat Cat Hogan's album Vitamins & Calcium.

She studied Dramatic Arts at Bretton Hall College of the University of Leeds in West Yorkshire, UK where she earned a First Class Honors BA.  She completed a MA at NYU's Gallatin School of Individualized Study where she worked with the Creative Arts Team, studied playwriting and implemented a project-based thesis with 8th graders:  Teaching Creative Writing through Drama.

Currently she is pursuing an MFA in playwriting at Hunter College studying with Mark Bly and Tina Howe, and leading theater and creative writing residencies in NYC public schools.  She is working on a commission from Blue Coyote Theatre Group and is a writer and regular participant at FLUX Sundays.