Kim McKean is an award-winning actor, director and producer with a master’s in fine arts from the University of California-Irvine. She is a member of SAG-AFTRA and the Actors Equity Association and has appeared on film, television, national commercials and theaters across the U.S. and Europe. Teaching is fundamental to Kim’s work as an artist, grounded in her belief that a theater education is an invaluable asset for all students. She has taught acting technique, acting for the camera, voice/movement and scene study, and directed student productions at the University of California-Irvine and the New York Film Academy before moving to UTEP. At UTEP she directs annually for the mainstage and teaches acting, directing and script analysis classes for both stage and screen. In addition, she has developed programs and curricula and taught for educational outreach programs in Chicago, Los Angeles, and New York. Kim is currently researching the similarities and differences between acting for the camera and acting for the stage, and how best to prepare and train our students for the shifting demands of the profession. She has several projects in the works with her production company, Lodestar Productions.