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Kelly Boczek-Petrie

Children's Acting Specialist

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Full Bio

Kelly Boczek-Petrie was brought up working in the theatre (as well as some TV and film) since the age 4.


She received her BFA at Wayne State University in Detroit, performing both at the Bonstelle and Hilberry Theatres. She continued her extensive training at Carnegie Mellon, Michigan Opera Theatre, the University of Detroit, and Oakland University. 


Kelly’s experience as an actor, singer, and teacher has brought her to such cities as Detroit, New York, Los Angeles, Volterra, Italy, and Frankfurt, Germany.  In Los Angeles, she became a long-standing company member at the Knightsbridge Theatre and National American Shakespeare Company, where Kelly directed and appeared in many productions, and started the NASC Kids program. 


Some of her favorites roles on stage have been A Piece of My Heart; Musical! the Musical; Comedy of Errors; Shakespeare’s Greatest Hits; Into the Woods; Dames at Sea; and Marat/Sade. Kelly also co-wrote and directed Macbeezy, the Macbeth Hip-Hopera at the Knightsbridge with her husband, Mark.


Other directing credits include As You Like It and Romeo and Juliet at the Santa Clarita Shakespeare Festival, as well as countless youth, teen, and young adult productions with Much Ado about Shakespeare, Shakespeare Kids, and City Hearts in the Los Angeles area.


Her film career includes an award for Best Actress in the film Click Three Times from the New York Independent Film Festival. 


As an educator, Kelly has taught Shakespeare, Commedia dell’Arte, Improvisation, Dance, Musical Theatre, Creative Writing, and Film Production classes in over 50 schools and homeschool groups in California and now Michigan.


Since returning to Michigan, Kelly has enjoyed singing with her church choir at UUCF, performing and co-directing at the Motor City Youth Theatre, and teaching with Harbor Homeschool (Oxford Virtual Academy), Open Spot, the YMCA, and occasionally flying back to Cali to direct with Shakespeare Kids.

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