Artistic Director, co-Founder
Kristen van Ginhoven is the Producing Artistic Director of WAM Theatre, which she co-founded in 2010. Based in Berkshire County, Massachusetts, WAM Theatre is Where Arts and Activism Meet. WAM’s vision is to create opportunity for women and girls through a unique mission of theatre as philanthropy. Since 2010, WAM Theatre has provided paid work to more than 200 theatre artists and donated more than $75,000 to local and global organizations taking action for women and girls in areas such as girls education, women’s leadership, teen pregnancy prevention, sexual trafficking awareness, midwife training and more. In addition to the main stage productions and special events, WAM Theatre’s activities include a comprehensive educational outreach program and the Fresh Takes Play Reading Series. Kristen is a member of the Society of Stage Directors and Choreographers and Canadian Actor’s Equity Association, and is a theatre artist for the International Schools Theatre Association. She was a member of the 2013 Lincoln Center Director’s Lab and is a member of the Michael Langham Workshop for Classical Direction at the Stratford Festival of Canada. Kristen’s directing credits at WAM Theatre include ANN (co-production with Dorset Theatre Festival), In Darfur (New England Premiere), Emilie (New England Premiere), The Bakelite Masterpiece (co-production with Berkshire Theatre Group), The Old Mezzo (World Premiere), The Attic, The Pearls and Three Fine Girls and Melancholy Play. Elsewhere, Kristen’s selected directing credits include ANN (Arena Stage and Dallas Theatre Center), Disgraced, I and You (Chester Theatre), Waxworks (Williams College), The Whale (Adirondack Theatre Festival), 10 Minute Play Festival (Barrington Stage Company), Petticoats of Steel (Capital Repertory Theatre), Footloose (Cohoes Music Hall), Children’s Hour (Siena College), Vendetta Chrome (Emerson College). She has a BA from Dalhousie University, BEd from Queen’s University and an MA from Emerson College, where she received the Presidential Fellowship.
Reading Half the Sky made me believe, for the first time in my life, that I could make a difference. By co-founding WAM, I have found a way to help turn oppression into opportunity. Doing philanthropy through the arts is working and it feels great.