Katie Kring is a baker, culinary instructor, composer, writer-of-musicals and homeless advocate, based in Springfield, MO.
She received her MFA in Musical Theatre Writing at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts and her BFA in Performing Arts Technology the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor.
While at the University of Michigan, she participated in the creation of many interdisciplinary and multimedia performance pieces, culminating in the world premiere of an original dance piece, Dancing in Trees, in which she danced, 25 feet in the air, in the branches of a live beech tree, to original music and video projections. And lived to tell about it.
Her first full-length musical, PEARL, a re-imagination of Nathaniel Hawthorne’s The Scarlet Letter, was presented as a part of Goodspeed Musicals’ Festival of New Artists in East Haddam, CT. She also wrote the book and lyrics for ONWARD, a collection of three one-act musicals, in collaboration with composer J. Oconer Navarro, which was produced at 59E59 in New York City.
With collaborator Rob Hartmann, Katie created FARMERS MARKET THE MUSICAL (based on her own experiences getting thrown out of the farmers market… twice), which premiered in West Virginia in 2013. In 2013 and 2014, they were commissioned to create two educational musicals for the Monterey Bay Aquarium in Monterey, California. In 2016, Katie and Rob partnered with Lewis & Clark High School in Spokane, WA to create KELLY THE DESTROYER VS THE SPRINGFIELD COBRAS. KELLY… will make its hometown debut at Central High School in Springfield, MO in April 2019.
Katie also is a composer of choral music. Her piece “The Snow is Deep on the Ground,” a setting of a poem by Kenneth Patchen, was published by Walton Music in 2015, and is now performed internationally. A number of her compositions have been and continue to be performed by the Springfield Chamber Chorus, where she has served as Composer-In-Residence. Brooklyn Choral Artists, under the baton of Gerrit Scheepers, premiered several of her newest compositions in Pretoria, South Africa in September 2018.
Katie is the founding director of the Springfield Street Choir and is a passionate advocate for people experiencing homelessness and severe poverty.
Katie Kring is the owner and Head Baker of B+B Boulangerie and Lead Instructor of KatieMade Baking & Cooking School. She has been baking professionally for over eight years, and teaching a series of wildly-popular baking and cooking classes for four. In 2016, Katie was named one of Feast Magazine’s Rising Star Chefs, and has won several Best in 417 awards for her various baked goods.