BIOGRAPHYKristen Kress Parness (KP) is a recent graduate of the MFA Directing program at the Actors Studio Drama School in NYC, and is now a membership finalist at the Actors Studio West, in Hollywood, CA.
KP has worked in the AD department for several Discovery Channel shows, including “A Crime to Remember,” and “Stalked,” & is currently in Los Angeles seeking producers & investors for the feature-length version of her award-winning short film, Super Grannies Bridge Club, which follows a team of superhero grandmas on their wacky crime-fighting adventures.
Past commercial credits include assistant directing the Scope Mouthwash "Courage Encouraged" YouTube series, the new Ethan Allen commercials, and the American Cancer Society’s "What If" commercial. Her stage credits include directing the hilarious farce, "HR," by Eric Coble, local playwright Jo Ann Rosen's "Stranger on a Train" & "The Quiet Room," the one-act play "Tape," by Stephen Belber, "The Graduate," adapted by Terry Johnson, "Memory of Water," by British writer Shelagh Stephenson, "Jesus Hopped the ‘A’ Train" by NY writer & Actors Studio member Stephen Adly Guirgis, and the original play "Bubble," by ASDS playwright Carrie Boehm.
KP, and her company Brain Fry Productions, have also directed and produced commercials for local businesses, book trailers for Amazon best-selling authors, and freelance projects for private clients including actors, personal trainers, and philanthropic groups.
Brain Fry’s web series, The Ditmars Angels, directed & co-written by KP, follows an all girl flash mob & dance crew from Queens. A finalist in the national “Next TV” web-series competition, KP & collaborators Laura Bassi & Melanie DeBernardis are excited for the comedic potential of the series & plan to continue developing it in NY.
KP continues to work with the high school students at the Bronx High School of Science on their annual S!NG student-produced musicals.