About Chelsea

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Headshot by Julia Marcus (Zoe McKenzie, Chicago)

I am rooted, but I flow. – Virginia Woolf

Chelsea DuVall is an international playwright, teaching artist and theatre-maker. She completed her Masters in Fine Arts in Acting at the California Institute of the Arts (2015), and her Bachelors of Arts in Theatre Studies, with a minor in Art History at Northern Illinois University (2010).

Chelsea has extensive technique training and experience in the following; Meisner (acting), Fitzmaurice Voicework, Roy Hart Theatre of Voice, Linklater Voice, Alexander (body), Suzuki (movement), Droznin (movement), Grotowski (movement), Chekhov (movement) and Williamson (movement). Movement and body disciplines play a large role in her work as a performer and theatre-maker.

She was fortunate enough to study playwriting during her time at CalArts under the mentorship of playwright and poet, Douglas Kearney, and playwright, Alice Tuan. Her writing is grounded in socio-political and biographical topics, explored through poetic language, experimental theatrical devices and performative techniques. Chelsea is fiercely dedicated to multidisciplinary collaborations and to the development of new and experimental performance texts.

Chelsea has worked internationally in the development and production of new work in the following countries; Germany, Russia, Scotland, Iceland and Poland. During the 2015 Edinburgh Fringe Festival she performed the title role in Francesca, Francesca…, a new bio-fictional play about the life and art of famed photographer Francesca Woodman. In July 2016 she production managed the premiere of Source Material Collective’s new opera, of Light, a project mentored by world-renown performance artist, Marina Abramovic. Her works (anti)Matter and Francesca, Francesca… were seen in Seattle in 2016/17.