Christian Kelly

Christian Kelly graduated from Cornell University in January 2016 with a B.A. in Performing & Media Arts with the aim of pursuing a career as a professional actor. During his time at Cornell, Christian acted in many shows at both the Schwartz Center for the Performing Arts and throughout the community. Some of his favorite credits include Kenny/Ben in The Mineola Twins by Paula Vogel and Anthony in Sweeney Todd. Outside of Cornell, Christian has worked at Berkshire Theatre Group, understudying the role of Steve in the world premiere of I Saw My Neighbor On The Train and Didn’t Even Smile. Christian got involved with the work of PPTG as an actor in Human Again, the Bruce Levitt directed compilation of pieces written by the Phoenix Players. Unlike some of the other collaborators who have worked directly with the men of PPTG, Christian’s first exposure to the men was through their work. Christian maintains that the opportunity to perform the men’s work has been critical to developing empathy for the men despite their incarceration. Christian’s participation in Human Again has shown him and many others who witnessed the men’s work that it is possible to connect with those who are incarcerated on a deeply human level. Itis Christian’s hope that PPTG continues to grow and that the men have more opportunities to share their work and art beyond the walls of Auburn Correctional Facility.