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

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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. A lifelong learner and art heart, she has made a classroom out of her community wherever she goes, both in academia and in the world.

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.

Photography by Eberhardt-Smith

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.

Since arriving in DC, Kay has studied neutral mask and clown with Dody DiSanto 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. Kay is a proud member of Actors’ Equity.

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: sister outsider by audre lorde; dear mr. you by mary-louise parker; the essential dykes to watch out for by alison bechdel; improvisation for the theatre by viola spline
  • watching: the marvelous mrs. maisel (amazon prime); the crown (netflix); oscar bait
  • listening: masseduction – st. vincent [on repeat]; [a lot of] npr
  • obsessing over: trips to denmark, iceland, & peru in 2018
  • working on: find out HERE!


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