Associate Artistic Director
Talya Kingston is a dramaturg, playwright and educator with a particular interest in new play development and theatre for social change. Prior to joining WAM, she was a Visiting Professor of Theatre at Hampshire College. She has also held the positions of Education Director at Hartford Stage and of Educational Programs Coordinator at the New Conservatory Theatre Center in San Francisco. Talya is originally from Britain and returned for five recent summers to co-teach a University of Massachusetts course at the Edinburgh Festival. Talya’s writing on theatre has appeared in Theater Journal, Scene Magazine, The Moving Voice, European Stages, HowlRound, and the Valley Advocate. Her professional dramaturgy credits include: Lady Randy at WAM, the premiere of Eve Ensler’s Necessary Targets at Hartford Stage/Variety Arts Theatre, the US premiere of Helmet by Douglas Maxwell at the New York Fringe Festival, an immersive production of The Lonely Soldier Project by Helen Benedict, Seriously… What Did You Call Me? written and performed by Onawumni Jean Moss at the Ko Festival and Late Style, a stage adaptation of conversations between Edward Said and Daniel Barenboim featuring performances by members of the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra. Talya is a member of Literary Managers and Dramaturgs of the Americas and the Northampton Playwrights Lab, and holds an MFA from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, where she is currently a Lecturer in dramaturgy.
I’m thrilled to join WAM at a time when it is more important than ever to empower women and girls by listening to their stories. I have spent 20 years working at the intersection of theatre and education, and believe that theatre is a powerful medium to inspire empathy, incite conversation and activate change. Above all, I love a good story well told, and the community that is created in its telling.