About: My name is Kelley Van Dilla and I am a non-binary trans theatre and film director and writer. I'm passionate about self-expressive and reflective work, often centered around my gender identity, sexuality, and experience with a mother who has bipolar disorder.
I recently explored the collision of my identities with the world premiere of my autobiographical hybrid feature film/play, LET GO OF ME, at Live Arts Theater in Charlottesville, Virginia (March 2021).
My first feature film, Poughkeepsie is for Lovers, is currently in post production.
My autobiographical short films, B3d 0f R0s3s and LET GO, MOTHER, premiered at Cucalorus film festival in Wilmington, NC, where I moonlight as a film judge and occasional MC/host.
Other projects include HIGH MAINTENANCE with HBO, Steven Soderbergh's THE KNICK with Cinemax, and theatrical productions of HAMLET, RED, THE PILLOWMAN and THREE SISTERS. I am a frequent collaborator with Chekhov at Lake Lucille. As a co-founder of Playground of Empathy and co-creator of the WALK in My Shoes Experience, I am a proud recipient of the Harvard Culture Lab Innovation Fund (2020).
I love painting, photography, and travel, and in 2014, I walked the 1,200km O'Henro Buddhist Pilgrimage to 88 Temples on the island, Shikoku, in Japan.
I use they/them/their and she/her/hers pronouns.