about

Kay Kerimian is an artist, advocate, and adventurer currently based in Washington, DC.

SJ. Bridgeman Photography

SJ. Bridgeman Photography

Originally from Long Island, NY, Kay Kerimian has actively worked at abandoning her accent, as well as gaining perspective and experience outside her comfort zone by living in the Hudson Valley, the Rust Belt, and, finally, the Capital.

Kay made her passion known early when she made a habit out of producing showcases in her parents’ basement featuring her siblings and the neighborhood kids. Growing up, she toyed with ideas of becoming a writer, educator, and/or local bookstore owner before ultimately settling on a career in theatre.

Kay gained her foundation in acting at Suffolk County Community College, where she was twice nominated for the Irene Ryan Acting Scholarship at the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival. She then transferred to SUNY New Paltz, where she was recognized with an Honorable Mention for competing in the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival’s Inaugural Musical Theatre Initiative.

Kay laid roots with the Long Island Shakespeare Festival before heading to Buffalo, NY, where she appeared in three seasons with Shakespeare in Delaware Park, the second largest free Shakespeare festival in the US.

Her work in Irish Classical Theatre Company’s production of The School for Husbands earned Kay her first critical acknowledgement and her work in MusicalFare’s production of Adrift in Macao earned Kay a nomination for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Musical for the 2014 Artvoice Theatre Awards.

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Photo Credit: Tom Eberhardt-Smith

Since moving to DC, Kay has studied neutral mask and clown at The Center for Movement Theatre and musical theatre and Alexander technique at Studio Theatre Acting Conservatory. She has recently worked with the classics at Shakespeare Theatre Company and new works at The Kennedy Center, as well as devising Other People’s Stories, a collaborative anthology for and by artists exploring the creative experience. She currently lends her voice to audiobooks for the Library of Congress, National Library Services for the Blind and Physically Handicapped and acts as a standardized patient for Howard University. A professional goofball, Kay is a proud member of Actors’ Equity.

On her way to joining the union, Kay lead the glamorous life of working as many odd jobs as possible, including barista, bartender, cleaning, respite provider, direct sales, box office/house management, studio model, book seller, mall Easter Bunny, photo lab technician, and a brief stint at Long Island Billiards.

In addition to acting, Kay is passionate about reading, traveling, trying new things, lgbtq activism, disability advocacy, and helping others find their creative voice. Long-term goals include visiting all 50 states by age 50, owning as many instruments as she is old, and voicing an original Disney animated character. 


 

  • reading: the sun and her flowers by rupi kaur
  • watching: transparent
  • listening: [a lot of] npr; pet sounds on vinyl on repeat
  • indulging in: birthday pumpkin pie
  • obsessing over: my new digs (i just moved! contact me for my updated address!)
  • working on: find out HERE!

 

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