Kriston Woodreaux is an award-winning artist whose career has encompassed performance, devising, directing, dramaturgy, poetry, playwriting, screenwriting, graphic/media design, arts administration, and public speaking consulting.
He has coached state and national public speaking champions across the United States of America and now consults for an academy in Southern California. Prior to coaching he competed on the collegiate circuit and went on to become a sixteen-time time state champion and eleven-time national champion.
Kriston’s love affair with solo driven performance began with in 2003 while writing a series of long form poems and feeding the impulse to physically contextualize the words on the page. Today, he is developing a staged adaptation of Cornelius Eady’s Brutal Imagination as an exploration into black American mythology. Twenty-five years ago Susan Smith blamed the murder of her two children on mister zero: an imaginary black man of white invention; a phantom cursed both to exist forever and never at all. Mr. Eady de-centers Ms. Smith from the narrative because it isn’t just her story, as it lives with every black person she implicated in her crime. James Baldwin’s notion that the writer’s responsibility is to “excavate the experience of the people who produced him.” inspired Kriston to approach this specific adaptation as a living museum full of artifacts that have been carefully hidden away. The action of excavating is just as much source material as Mr. Eady’s text.
Kriston studied acting at Bradley University in Peoria, IL and Illinois State University in Bloomington/Normal, IL, recently starred in the regional premiere of Notes from the Field by Anna Deveare Smith, and is a member of Actor’s Equity Association.