As an artist, curator, artistic director and frequent consultant internationally, Kristy Edmunds holds a reputation for innovation and depth in the presentation of contemporary art in all disciplines, with a particular emphasis on contemporary performing arts. Her expertise and professional relationships with some of the masters of the 20th and 21st Century performing artists, in addition to critical innovators in all disciplines of artistic practice has given her the reputation of possessing a depth of knowledge across a variety of art forms and projects.
Under Edmunds leadership, UCLA’s venerated performing arts program (known for a decade as UCLA Live) evolved to become Center for the Art of Performance (CAP UCLA), a creative habitat for supporting artists and presenting their work.
Kristy Edmunds appointment at UCLA began May 1, 2011.
Edmunds was the Founding Executive & Artistic Director of the Portland Institute for Contemporary Art (PICA) and the TBA Festival (Time Based Art) in Portland, Oregon. She was the Artistic Director for the Melbourne International Arts Festival from 2005 – 2008, and was the first to serve an unprecedented four year term. Upon completion she was appointed to the Victorian College of the Arts as the Head of the new School of Performing Arts at the University of Melbourne, and after one year became the Deputy Dean for the College. Upon her resignation in 2010, Edmunds was awarded as an Honorary Professorial Fellow of the University.
From 2009-2012 Edmunds also served as Consulting Artistic Director for the newly formed and critically heralded Park Avenue Armory in New York. The Park Avenue Armory is a not-for-profit institution whose mission is to revitalize one of America’s historic treasures as a dynamic alternative arts space unlike any other in the city. The Armory is dedicated to the development and presentation of work in the visual and performing arts best realized in a non-traditional setting with a particular focus on major works of scale.
Edmunds' robust career has included work as a visual artist, an independent filmmaker, a playwright, a choreographer and a teacher. She holds a bachelor's in film direction from Montana State University and a master's in playwriting and theater direction from Western Washington University.