kelly rafferty



For over ten years, I’ve helped artists, writers, and facilitators become more dynamic and brave versions of themselves in classes and workshops all over the US.

An expert in participatory performance and collaboration, I specialize in teaching ensembles how to work more effectively with one another and engage their audiences in new ways. My work is informed by feminist performance pedagogy, physical theater, and research-based social-emotional learning. Students describe me as a charismatic, organized, and powerful teacher and my classes are always interactive – lots of moving, doing, playing, collaborating, and learning to hang out with the things that terrify you.

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I honed my teaching skills at Arizona State University, where I was Assistant Professor of Performance Studies, and at the University of California, Berkeley, where I taught for five years in the Department of Theater, Dance, and Performance Studies. I have also facilitated workshops and courses at Tulane University, University of San Diego, University of Michigan, Colorado College, the San Francisco Mime Troupe, and Mary Baldwin University.  For three years I managed the development and execution of curriculum for Soul Shoppe, a nonprofit organization committed to fostering empathy and eliminating bully at its roots in elementary and middle schools across the country.

Kelly is clear, patient, precise, respectful, and rigorous. Her course was designed to improve our historical, contemporary and technical knowledge of improvisational theatre, all to enhance and inspire our performances. My peers and I were challenged to transcend any limitations, every time we met, and as a result, some of my best experiences as a student, a performer, and a human being were under Kelly’s instruction. – Damon, Arizona State University Student