Kirya Traber

Artist Facilitator
Kirya Traber is a nationally awarded playwright, actress, and cultural worker. She is a co-host of the PBS series First Person, the lead Community Artist in Residence with Lincoln Center Education, and co-host with Isake Smith of Cheers & Queers, a podcast in the Gifted Sounds Network.

From 2014-2017, Kirya was faculty, and Social Justice Coordinator at the New School College for Performing Arts, School of Drama. Kirya received her MFA in Acting from the School of Drama at the New School, and is the recipient of the California Governor’s Award for Excellence in the Arts, Robert Redford’s Sundance foundation award for Activism in the Arts, Congresswoman Barbara Lee’s Certificate of Recognition, an Astrea Lesbian Writers Fund award for Poetry, and is a former judge for the LAMDA Literary awards in LGBT Drama. She has worked as a teaching artist with youth and adults, in school and community based settings, and within the juvenile justice system.

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