WHO WE ARE
Kristen Donelle Livengood
Kristen Donelle Livengood is the Parkway Playhouse Operations Manager. She is also the Creator and Director of “Get the Hook”, Parkway Playhouse’s teen improv comedy troupe. Kristen enjoys teaching acting and improvisational comedy to students of all ages. Other interests include acting, improvisational comedy, singing, dancing, and directing. She received a Bachelor of Arts Degree from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.
“I knew that I was interested in performances when, as a young child I could become completely engrossed by someone singing on television. I discovered I was passionate about theatre when I saw The Trestle at Pope Lick Creek for a class credit in college and was rendered so speechless after seeing what theatre could be, that I changed my major the next week. I’ve been obsessed ever since.”
Director of Education and Outreach
enny Martin has been involved with Parkway Playhouse since she was in high school, where she started as an intern and Box Office Assistant. Jenny graduated from UNCG with a BFA in Theatre Education, and has taught Drama at East Yancey and Cane River middle schools for the past 18 years. She returned to the Parkway stage to act and direct in 2010, and has appeared in Leaving Iowa, Pride and Prejudice, Dancing at Lughnasa, Steel Magnolias, and Dixie Swim Club. She directed Seussical, Big River, Little Shop of Horrors, Blithe Spirit, and Dark of the Moon. She has taught Conservatory Classes at Parkway since 2017, and is excited to be on staff at Parkway as the Director of Education. Jenny is married to Colby Martin, and has two children, Emerson (9) and Juliet (6).
Parkway Playhouse Junior Teachers
Kyrstin Ezzell is a teacher, choreographer and performer from Houston, TX with over a decade of experience in the performance world. She uses her background in dance, theatre, and costuming to bring characters to life in studios, on stage and at festivals around the country. Kyrstin graduated with a BFA in theatre tech with an emphasis in costuming and prosthetic make-up in 2014 and has since gone on to teach these skills in theaters around WNC. Her approach to teaching takes a holistic and meditative spin on dance technique, & conditioning. Focusing on whole body fitness and authentic care-free movement. She believes dance & theatre are a deep expression of the soul and delights in sharing this feeling with her students.
Kristen Livengood holds a Bachelor’s degree in Theatre from UNC Greensboro where her focus was acting and directing. She has appeared onstage at Diana Wortham Theatre, Parkway Playhouse, Haywood Arts Regional Theatre, The Feichter Studio, and Asheville Community Theatre. She has directed Willy Wonka JR (2014), Annie JR (2015), The Music Man JR (2016), James and the Giant Peach JR (2016), Jungle Book KIDS (2017), Mary Poppins JR (2018), Junie B. Jones JR (2019), and Elf JR (2019) for Parkway Playhouse Junior. She has also discovered a love of performing and teaching improvisational comedy and has attended comedy festivals, such as the North Carolina Comedy Arts Festival, New South Comedy Festival and the Asheville Improv Collective Festival. She has studied with a variety of improvisers, such as Megan Gray (former Artistic Director of Magnet Theatre), Hannah Aslesen, Carla Cackowski, Louis Kornfeld (Magnet Theatre), Rick Andrews (Magnet Theatre), Eric Hunicutt, Ruby Willmann, Holly Laurent (The Second City), and Chris Trew (The New Movement). She is also the founder and director of Parkway Playhouse’s high school improv comedy troupe Get the Hook, who have been featured on the WUNC radio show “The State of Things” and have performed at the New South Comedy Festival, NC Comedy Arts Festival and the AICFest.
Jenny Martin has been involved with Parkway Playhouse since she was in high school, where she started as an intern and Box Office Assistant. Jenny graduated from UNCG with a BFA in Theatre Education, and has taught Drama at East Yancey and Cane River middle schools for the past 18 years. She returned to the Parkway stage to act and direct in 2010, and has appeared in Leaving Iowa, Pride and Prejudice, Dancing at Lughnasa, Steel Magnolias, and Dixie Swim Club. She directed Seussical, Big River, Little Shop of Horrors, Blithe Spirit, and Dark of the Moon. She has taught Conservatory Classes at Parkway since 2017, and is excited to be on staff at Parkway as the Director of Education. Jenny is married to Colby Martin, and has two children, Emerson (9) and Juliet (6).
Daniel Moore is a Mars Hill based Actor/Director who studied Theatre at Greensboro College. He has been an actor in the WNC community for well over a decade and in recent years a director. Some of his recent acting credits include; Marvin in Dark of the Moon at Parkway Playhouse, Mendel in the NC premiere of Indecent by Paula Vogel at The Magnetic Theatre, he was also an actor and director for the dramatic series How to be a Human, or at Least Try at NC Stage. Other directing credits include Blades, Screens Can Only Do So Much, and Airport; all of which were featured in The Magnetic Theatre’s 2nd Annual One Act Play Festival. Daniel will also be directing The Legend of Sleepy Hollow premiering at Parkway Playhouse this Fall. Daniel first came to Parkway in the Summer of 2010 as an acting intern. His first featured production that year was Leaving Iowa directed by, our very own, Kristen Livengood. In that same show, he also had the privilege to share the stage with friend and colleague Jenny Martin. Daniel returned as an intern to Parkway Playhouse for the 2011 and 2012 seasons performing such duties as an actor, assistant director, set designer, set construction, theatrical electrician, and administrative assistant. Being a WNC native and Parkway alum, Daniel has always had a special connection with the Playhouse that has lasted through the years and will surely last many more. He is very excited to be joining Parkway in this new and exciting capacity to share his theatrical experience and knowledge with the Parkway Playhouse students that he’s come to know and admire.