Kristin Sgarro (she/they) is a queer actor, musician, and emcee (who also composes, arranges, music directs, and classically directs) in New York City.
For over a decade, Kristin has been working as an actor/director almost exclusively in Shakespeare's canon, and in that time has appeared in Romeo & Juliet (Romeo), Twelfth Night (Viola, Olivia), Othello (Emilia), As You Like It (Celia, Phebe/LeBeau), A Midsummer Night's Dream (Helena, Hermia), The Merry Wives of Windsor (Mistress Page), Richard III (Queen Margaret), Macbeth (Second Witch/Clown), and many more. Occasionally a dabbler in contemporary and devised theater, you’ll also see Kristin’s work in various projects with AMiOS, No Exit Theater Collective, Regeneration Theater, and in new works hosted by The Bechdel Group and SheNYC (With Dignity, most recently).
Kristin is also the Founding Artistic Director of Match: Lit, a [let’s-mess-with-]Shakespeare company, and emcees its monthly reading series BARDcore, where a clever adaptation of a Shakespeare play meets trivia over libations with fellow Shakesnerds.
As a musician, Kristin works in venues all over the city, and has composed original music and arranged music for many independent NYC theater companies, including Match: Lit (As You Like It, Othello), AMiOS' SHOTZ! series ("Shared Communal Space", And SHOTZ! For Something Virtually Different), Everyday Inferno (Iphigenia Among the Taurians’ a cappella chorus), and for Victoria M. Fragnito's new play, Scar Tissue, along with numerous other independently produced projects. Select MD credits include The Last Five Years (reorchestrations and new arrangements, conductor/live piano), Assassins, Captain Louie (Conductor/Piano 1 for live remote orchestra), Schoolhouse Rock Live!, A Year With Frog And Toad, and one-woman Fringe favorites Fate, Fury, and Musical Theater and Monica Lewinsky Sings Your Heart Out!.
This summer, Kristin joins the team of Dead-Enders Season 2 as their Production Manager.
The classical text, the devised scenes,
the staging, the dramaturgy,
the rehearsals, the readings,
the quick-and-dirty art that tells
a story on the stage.
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Maestra Music gives support, visibility, and community to the women, non-binary, and TGNC musicians who make the music in the musical theater industry. The organization promotes equality of opportunity and to address the many historical disadvantages and practices that have limited women composers and musicians in the musical theater.
The Parity Database creates visibility for women, trans, and gender-expansive playwrights, directors, and designers working in professional theatre in New York City. The Database also provides a free online tool for artistic leaders who seek to create more equitable hiring practices for creative teams so that more NYC productions meet 50% gender parity for creative teams.
Ring of Keys is an artist service organization that fosters community and visibility for musical theatre artists - onstage and off - who self-identify as queer women, transgender, and gender non-conforming artists.