KRISTEN COURY (Director) is the Founder and Producing Artistic Director of Gulfshore Playhouse and has directed nearly all their productions to date, including: I Am My Own Wife, Doubt, Tartuffe, A Streetcar Named Desire, Art and Race. The first Gulfshore Playhouse production was Oleanna by David Mamet, starring Tony Award®-Nominee Alan Campbell and was received with much acclaim. Kristen made her feature film directorial debut with Friends and Family, a comedy starring Tony Lo Bianco and Tovah Feldshuh, which was released around the US and Europe, and can now be seen on DVD and Cable TV worldwide. Kristen has directed several new works, produced a CD and worked on a variety of musicals in various stages of development, including Steel Pier on Broadway, a Broadway-workshop of The Jazz Singer and Houdini at the Goodspeed Opera House. Kristen worked in production/management for Walt Disney Theatrical Productions (working on international productions of Beauty and the Beast and King David), Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Really Useful Company (Sunset Boulevard on Broadway and Joseph… on Tour), and for London’s English Shakespeare Company in the Press and Marketing Department. Kristen was honored to receive distinction as one of the “Top 40 Professionals Under 40” by Gulfshore Life Magazine in 2008, listed in the Who’s Who’s of American Women, and was honored by United Arts Council as a “Star in the Arts” in 2011.