Kristen Phanef, actor andwriter looking overshoulder at camera. Cropped hair and bangs, briwn eyes, stripedtop with red dress, green background

Hello there!

 I am a tall, starry-eyed, hopelessly enthusiastic, comfy girl. I love dogs and the color yellow and Victor Hugo, and plan to open a coffee shop as my mid-life crisis. 


I grew up in Bucks County, Pennsylvania (if you’ve ever seen M. Night Shamalan’s SIGNS, then you’ve seen my hometown).  


received my B.A. in theatre, where I produced my own plays Colors & Lines and Lemon Shaker Pie, wrote for the sitcom Milwaukee Basic, performed in both undergrad and graduate level productions, and studied with incredible teachers such as Mark Paladini CSA (The MaskBabylon 5, 90210, and others), Dir. Michael Kirkland (SAFD, Virginia Beach Bash Coordinator), and Derek Leonidoff (Groundlings LA). 

Post grad, I moved back to my home town of Philadelphia and delved into the artistic scene. I worked with companies such as Philadelphia Theatre Company, Philadelphia Artist Collective, Resident Theatre Company, Subscension Theatre Group, Shawnee Theatre, and Ethos Physical Theatre as an actor, stage manager, and collaborator.  


In the fall of 2019, I made the journey west to Los Angeles (North Hollywood to be exact). I quickly found representation & jumped into the scene, taking classes and auditioning on the regular. I have appeared on the Disney Channel (12-year-old Kristen is screaming for joy) in the ZOMBIES Z-Cap, my feature film Kings with Jambalaya Productions will enter festival circuits Fall 2020, and you may have also seen me in commercials for Janelle on Location and music videos for Jennie Michelle and A Bad Think. Plus a have a few more projects in the works!

I am so excited to share the adventures, projects, and opportunities I've had, and hope you'll check out my portfolio. 

-Kristen Phaneuf