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A Virginia native and Chicago resident, Kristina McCloskey started her theatre journey in a devised theatre summer camp that never let go. She is equally obsessed with developing new work as well as staging classics — and, no, she cannot choose between them. She can also be found wistfully following dogs (especially corgis), making copious amounts of soup, and switching back and forth between true crime and comedy podcasts (because life is all about balance).

As a director, I strive to:

  • Embolden and enable my teams to be brave and vulnerable storytellers.

  • Nourish artists in welcoming and empowering spaces (please see soup-obsession above).

  • Surprise and challenge audiences by testing the limits of the stage and questioning the unsaid rules of theatre spaces.


Review excerpts from Little Foxes at Citadel Theatre

Around the Town Chicago

Kristina McCloskey is a wonderful director who uses the intimate stage at Citadel with just the right touch

Highland Park Patch

Directed by Kristina McCloskey, the show moves quickly with precision timing and leaves the audience with plenty to ponder. 

Chicago On Stage

Hellman’s words and story are brilliant but director Kristina McCloskey magnificently takes an old story and stages it in such a way that contemporary audiences can relate. The characters McCloskey helped her actors create are completely believable. 

Chicago Theatre and Arts

Kristina McCloskey’s insightful direction pulls out every overt and nuanced way Hellman’s foxes trample anything tender in their way.