Artist Profile

Reno, Nevada

Chelsea Hackett

Hackett, Chelsea

Nevada native Chelsea Hackett seeks to bring her skills to her home state and to use her theatre facilitation and creative skills to celebrate the voices, ideas, and development of Nevada residents of all ages. She was a 20-year-old undergraduate student, working with a professor on a community-based theatre project with a non-profit in Guatemala when she realized that theatre was larger than the stage. That experience opened her eyes to the ways in which theatre could be used for more than entertainment. Hackett discovered it could be used to create dialogue, to present alternative realities, and to enrich all who take part in its creation. Since then, she has dedicated her life to facilitating applied theatre with a wide range of community groups.

Hackett graduated with a Masters in Applied Theatre from CUNY. She has worked as a teaching artist with multiple arts organizations in New York including Story Pirates, Urban Arts Partnership and Making Books Sing. She has also taught through the Women’s Housing and Economic Development Corporation (Bronx), Arts Start--which works with homeless shelters, and in a female detention center, using Theatre of the Oppressed to explore the concept of agency. Chelsea recently performed two original shows in New York: "Skin Deep," a one-woman show that explores body image; and "The Birds and the Bees: Unabridged, "a group piece examining female sexuality.

Reno, NV
(775) 762-3014

Language Proficiencies
Counties Served
Carson City, Douglas, Washoe
Preferred Groups/Populations
Schools (grades pre-K-12), college, adult, seniors, at risk, incarcerated individuals, ESL/ELL, special needs/disabilities, Spanish speaking
Schools, communities, community groups
Fees, Availability and Technical Requirements
Contact Artist
Professional Development Workshops: Teacher/Staff Training
Integrating Theatre into the Common Core: Using theatre to deepen ELA experiences and to connect kinesthetically with stories, books, plays, and novels; Creating a Process Drama: Working with teachers to create an original process drama that can be used to explore different thematic areas with their students.
Program/Residency Activity Descriptions: Schools/Communities
Devising for High School Students: Create original pieces of theatre that addresses topics of particular concern; Theatre for Vocal Empowerment: Using theatre to help students identify and act on areas where they see potentials for social change in their communities; Creating a Process Drama for Social Studies: Using theatre to explore themes such as Othering, Violence, and Community Values. Can be adapted to varying grade levels.