Kaitlen Osburn

Kaitlen Onstage

Actress, collaborator, theatre-maker

Shakespeare, Miller, adaptations, devised work, solo performance, ensemble pieces - she’s done it all. Kaitlen has an MFA in Ensemble-based Physical Theatre from Dell’Arte International and a BFA in Acting and Directing from Western Kentucky University. She’s performed across the United States at or with The Dell’Arte Company, Lexington Children’s Theatre, Chicago Fringe Festival, Minnesota Fringe Festival, Ferndale Repertory Theater, Barrel of Monkeys, Honest Productions, Li’l Buds Theatre, and with her own ensemble, Vacation Mother. Kaitlen is trained in physical theatre, commedia dell’arte, clown, buffoon, improvisation, and shadow puppetry.

Tommy and Annika in "Pippi Longstocking" by The Dell'Arte Company. Photo by Robi Arce.
“Kaitlen, you are delicious.”

Ray Gutierrez

“We laughed so hard we cried.”

Lauraine Leblanc, Mad River Union

“It was the best show I have ever seen.”


Original, Devised, & Adapted Work (a selection)

Title Role Company
A Farewell to Armadillos Mister Boss Neptune/Minnesota Fringe
Keeper of the Light Katie with Katie Kaufmann at Red Eye Theater
A Ferney & Dale Christmas Carol Actor/Creator Ferndale Repertory Theatre (dir. Christopher Kehoe)
Nikolai Gogol’s 2016 Election Bonanza and End-Times Hullabaloo Actor/Creator Vacation Mother/The Arcata Playhouse
The Big Thirst Actor The Dell’Arte Company (dir. Michael Fields)
Total Eclipse of the Heart Actor/Creator The Peanut Butter Factory/Minnesota Fringe
Blue Line Actor/Creator Dell’Arte International School of Physical Theatre (graduate thesis)
Pippi Longstocking Actor/Creator The Dell’Arte Company (dir. Michael Fields; tour)
I will show you fear in a handful of dust Actor/Creator Dell’Arte International School of Physical Theatre
Turtle Time! Ensemble Director Residency in Bridgeville, CA
Chicago <-> Augsburg Ensemble Director The Island Theatre Co./ Bluespots Productions
The Moving Day Play Director/Actor Dream Theatre/ Chicago Fringe Festival
Big Bob’s Brain Emporium Actor Creator Western Kentucky Players (dir. Molly Todd; tour)

Other Performance Credits (a selection)

Title Role Company
All My Sons Ann Ferndale Repertory Theatre (dir. Jane Hill)
Three Penny Opera Polly Peachum Ferndale Repertory Theatre (dir. Leira Satlof)
Little Women Aunt March/ Mrs. Kirk Ferndale Repertory Theatre (dir. Christopher Kehoe)
Boeing Boeing Bertha Ferndale Repertory Theatre (dir. Ryan Musil)
Frosty’s Shakes ’n Dogs Tinsel the Reindeer Lil Buds Theatre (dir. Jenny Lamb)
Salomé Chorus Salomé National Pastime Theatre (dir. Laurence Bryan)
Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory Mrs. Bucket Lexington Children’s Theatre (dir. Jeremy Kisling)
House of Bernarda Alba Alma Western Kentucky University (dir. Dr. Andrea Grapko)
The Real Inspector Hound Cynthia Western Kentucky University (dir. Dr. David Young)
The Trojan Women Andromache Western Kentucky University (dir. Dr. William Leonard)
A Midsummer Night’s Dream Hermia Pull-Tight Theatre (dir. Shirley Schweitzer)


Title/Project Company
The 17th Annual Heavenly Winter Smorgasbord & Wedding Rosetown Playhouse (2019)
Too Much Light Makes the Baby Go Blind Roseville Area High School (2019)
Madagascar, Jr! Rosetown Playhouse (2018)
Chateau La Roach Rosetown Playhouse (2018)
Summer Theatre Camp Performances (17 to date) Rosetown Playhouse (2013-2016)
Comfort Station Plays Open Source Theatre Project (2012)
Revolutions per Minute Rhino Fest Chicago (2012)
Providence Theatre of Women 5 Festival (2011)
Self-Torture and Strenuous Exercise Western Kentucky University (2010)
God Western Kentucky University (2009)
The Mischief Makers Western Kentucky University (2008)
Zealot Western Kentucky University (2007)