Hi! My name is Kelley and I'm a transgender, intersex, non-binary film director and writer based in Brooklyn, NY. 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.
Most recently, I was a writers' assistant on American Rust Season 2 for Amazon Freevee (Jeff Daniels, Maura Tierney, Adam Rapp, Dan Futterman), working in both the writers' room and on set for the entire production.
I'm currently in pre-production for a positive trans romance feature called 'CLIO' that tells a whirlwind 24 love story in the vein of Before Sunrise and Weekend. I will direct this project and co-wrote it with Michael Masure.
Recently filmed projects include two short films: PRUNING (co-written and co-directed with Anto Astudillo), and IMMUTABLE.
Past feature length projects include LET GO OF ME (hybrid theatre/film - Live Arts, 2021), and POUGHKEEPSIE IS FOR LOVERS (Freestyle Digital Media, 2022).
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 she/her/hers and they/them/theirs pronouns.