Kris Bauske was born in rural Southwest Michigan. A tomboy with a deep love of books and plays, Kris was active in theatrical productions throughout high school and college. Kris earned her B.A. in English from the University of Michigan. She became a Technical Writer and lived throughout the Midwest before settling in Orlando, FL in 1994.
Kris has an ongoing relationship with the Osceola Center for the Arts in Kissimmee, FL where many of her plays receive their first readings.
Her first play, A Good Old Fashioned, Redneck Country Christmas, written in 2008 garnered national attention and was published by Baker’s Plays in March 2009. It has now been adapted for the stage as a musical and is represented by Gary DaSilva 111 N. Sepulveda Blvd., Suite 250 Manhattan Beach, CA 90266-6850, as are all of her works. The musical is published by Samuel French, Inc. and is being considered for cinematic production.
Kris has been a finalist or winner in numerous competitions around the country since 2008, including the 2010 & 2012 Great Plains Theatre Conference, Aurora Theatre’s GAP Festival of New Plays, Reva Shiner Comedy Award, Chameleon Theatre Circle, Big Arts of Sanibel, Harriet Lake Festival of New Plays, Ft. Wayne Civic Theatre, TADA (Tucson Alliance of Dramatic Arts), and the Ashland New Play Festival.
Kris’ comedy, Simon Says has been read by Mr. Neil Simon who granted permission for the use of his likeness in the script.
Her plays include:
Grandma’s Little Helper, a unique comedic drama examining aging, hypocrisy, and family responsibility. This script is published by Play It Again, a new publishing company owned by Leon Embry, past president of Samuel French.
Lay That Trumpet in Our Hands, an adaptation of the novel of the same name by Susan Carol McCarthy. The script is also published by Play It Again.
The Growers, based on actual events during WWII. This extraordinary story is already receiving significant attention nationwide. It is published by Play It Again.
The Christian Way, a script created in response to the obstacles and hypocrisy women face in the American church.
Whispers to the Moon, a bittersweet and lovely story about love, life, and loss.
Kris is a full member of the Dramatist’s Guild of America, League of Professional Theatre Women, the International Centre for Women Playwrights, Literary Managers and Dramaturgs of the Americas, and the Theatre Communications Group. She was nominated for the 2011 & 2013 Francesca Primus award presented by the ATCA for Outstanding Emerging Female Playwright. Kris is also a board member for ICWP and is co-chair for their prestigious 2014 50/50 Applause Award. She continues to write from her home near Orlando, FL where she mentors a number of writers and playwrights offering advice, editing, and a shoulder to cry on as needed.