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Theater - Acting (BFA)

Krista Apple is an assistant professor of acting in the Ira Brind School of Theater Arts, for which she teaches many acting-specific courses, including Beginning and Advanced Acting Studios, Business of Theater, Shakespeare and Voice/Speech. She has performed on many of the region’s professional stages, including the Wilma Theater, where she is a member of the HotHouse Acting Company. Apple is also a Barrymore Award winner and a member of the Actor’s Equity Association and SAG-AFTRA (Screen Actors Guild - American Federation of Television and Radio Artists).


Originally from Springfield, Ohio, Apple earned a Bachelor’s degree in English and Theater from Kenyon College, in Gambier, Ohio, followed by an MFA in Acting from Temple University. Since moving to Philadelphia, Apple has performed with many of the region’s professional theaters, including the Wilma Theater, the Walnut Street Theater, the Arden Theatre and the Delaware Shakespeare Festival. Also a writer and editor, Apple has contributed to American Theater magazine and is a former editor of The Teaching Artist’s Journal. She has been recognized by the National Foundation for the Advancement of the Arts for her work as a teacher and mentor.


  • Apple’s select credits include

    • Wilma Theater: the U.S. premieres of Tom Stoppard’s The Hard Problem and Vaclav Havel’s Leaving; Hamlet; Macbeth; Our Class; Rapture, Blister Burn; Romeo and Juliet; and In the Next Room (2011 Barrymore Award, Best Supporting Actress).

    • Philadelphia/regional: In a Daughter’s Eyes (Interact Theater), Metamorphosis (Arden Theatre), Much Ado About Nothing (Delaware Shakespeare Festival), Other Desert Cities (Walnut Street Theater), Proof (Cape May Stage), and Romeo and Juliet (Arden Theatre).

    • Directing: The Merry Wives of Windsor (Delaware Shakespeare Festival), Romeo and Juliet (Curio Theater Company).

    • Film/TV: Criminal Intent, Law & Order, Political Animals.

  • Apple has been a resident teaching artist for the Shakespeare Scholars program, Theater for a New Audience, Brooklyn, New York.

  • Her additional teaching credits include Muhlenberg College, Allentown, Pennsylvania; Drexel University and Temple University, both in Philadelphia; Northwestern University’s National High School Institute, Evanston, Illinois; and the Virginia Governor’s School, Richmond.

Visit Krista Apple’s website.

Awards & Accolades

  • Apple has been recognized with a 2011 Barrymore Award for Best Supporting Actress in a Play for In the Next Room at the Wilma Theater in Philadelphia.