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.