Kaitlen Osburn

Kaitlen in the Classroom

Did someone say “Teaching Artist?”

From 0-99, she can teach them all. Kaitlen has been a theatre educator for over ten years and isn’t planning on stopping anytime soon. She has spent the past six years as the playwright of Rosetown Playhouse’s youth summer theatre program where she writes (and co-directs for four years) half-hour productions for dozens of students each week. Kaitlen has also taught classes and/or workshops for Barrel of Monkeys in Chicago, Lexington Children’s Theatre, Nashville Children’s Theatre, Bluespots Productions in Germany, Western Kentucky University, and The Dell’Arte Company. From 2016-2017, Kaitlen was a teaching artist at the Arcata Playhouse, where she taught physical theatre, improv, shadow puppetry, and mask performance in their artist-in-schools program.

Kaitlen’s undergraduate thesis was on Augusto Boal and Forum Theatre, and she has developed workshop curriculum for high school and college students on Theatre of the Oppressed. She is qualified to direct students in plays or musicals, and is happy to teach anyone at any age improv, physical theatre/movement, musical theatre, commedia dell’arte, buffoon, puppetry, clown, and acting. Currently, Kaitlen is the Drama Program Director at Roseville Area High School and she is training to become an Alexander Technique Teacher.

A group selfie before a performance. Photo by Søren Olsen.
“Sometimes it can be painful watching kids act, but this was so much fun! She would do this all day, every day if she could!”

Ali's mom

“She loved it. It boosted her confidence.”

Oki's Mom

“Triple Awesome. Double Awesome camp. Kaitlen and Søren are triple-awesome.”

Ani, Rosetown Playhouse student

From the mouths of babes: Kaitlen’s students share what they learned

Kaitlen the Administrator

A regular Jane of All Trades

When she’s not performing or teaching, you can usually find Kaitlen knee-deep in administration, front-of-house, or grant-writing. In 2012, Kaitlen organized a collaboration between two companies in Chicago, Illinois and Augsburg, Germany in which they devised a multimedia performance simultaneously 6,000 miles apart. She became the Audience & Volunteer Services Director for the Minnesota Fringe Festival in 2017 after spending four summers as part of their seasonal front-of-house team. Kaitlen has written and received grants on behalf of the Eureka Symphony, Ferndale Repertory Theatre, The Redwood Playhouse, and, when she has time, herself (she is a 2014 Princess Grace Award Winner). Kaitlen is also the co-chair of the board of Sumunar Indonesian Music & Dance in St. Paul.

Kaitlen is primarily based out of Minnesota, but often ventures outside the Midwest for special projects. She was born and raised in the South, just outside of Nashville, Tennessee. She’s also a baker, letter-writer, world traveler, hiker, biker, and nature-fanatic, who has an oddly specific memory.

Photo by Christopher Kehoe.