Kimberly Shire has an MFA in Directing Theatre for Young Audiences and Costume Design from the University of Hawaii at Manoa. While at UHM, Kimberly served as the Late Night Theatre Artistic Director and as staff reviewer for Hitting The Stage. Kimberly also directed and worked as a teaching artist for Honolulu Theatre For Youth where she was mentored by Dan Kelin in creative dramatics and Eric Johnson in directing.
Prior to her time in Honolulu, Kimberly was the Executive Artistic Director of Christian Youth Theatre Vanport (CYT), where she directed, taught, and mentored young directors and designers. She also took freelance directing and teaching artist work in the PDX metro area.
In her early career, Kimberly toured with Spread the Word Dinner Theatre; taught high school English, journalism, and drama; guest directed at several high schools; and, worked as director, techie, and board member at Umpqua Actors Community Theatre (UACT) in Roseburg, Oregon.
Courses Taught: Theatre Appreciation, Advanced Acting, Directing, Creative Dramatics, Theatre for Young Audiences, Puppetry, Dramaturgy, Women in Theatre, Musical Theatre, Shakespeare, and Stage Dialects.