Kim McKean is an Assistant Professor of Performance at the University of Texas at El Paso. Along with acting and directing, her scholarship involves new work development for the stage and screen, along with investigating the mechanics of the creative process for directors, actors, and writers. In the fall of 2019, Kim will direct and develop a world-premiere play with playwright Georgina Escobar, which will premiere at the Chamizal National Memorial in El Paso, TX, as well as direct Love & Information by Caryl Churchill at Trap Door Theatre in Chicago. As an actor, Kim has appeared on HBO, ABC, CMT and Spike TV, along with starring in several independent films, commercials, and numerous stage productions across the US and Europe. She is the founder and curator of a Latinx New Works Festival which will premiere in El Paso in Spring 2020. Her production of Lydia by Octavio Solis won several national awards from the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival including “Outstanding Director of a Play” and “Outstanding Production of a Play.” Additionally, she has received “Best Actress” recognition for her work at both the New York International Film Festival and the Midtown International Theatre Festival in New York City. She has appeared on HBO, ABC, CMT and Spike TV, along with starring in several independent films, commercials, and numerous stage productions across the US and Europe. Her film, The Arrangements-- which she directed, produced, and acted in-- was an official selection for the Dumbo Film Festival, Borderscene Film Festival, El Paso Film Festival, and Plaza Classic Film Festival Local Flavor series. She received a BA in Theatre from the University of Wisconsin--Madison and an MFA from the University of California–Irvine. She is a member of SAG-AFTRA and Actors Equity Association.