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 is the Playwright in Residence for the Bay Street Players in Eustis, FL. www.baystreetplayers.org
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.
Redneck Christmas will enjoy full productions in at least 5 states during November and December 2014.
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), Dezart Performs, the Hormel Festival of New Plays at the Phoenix Theatre, 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
From Left: Director Phillip Colglazier, Playwright Kris Bauske, and Pulitzer Prize winner Donald Margulies at a reception for the opening of Kris' play "Whispers to the Moon" at the Ft. Wayne Civic Theatre in May 2014.
Her plays include:
A Good Old fashioned Redneck Country Christmas and A Good Old Fashioned Redneck Country Christmas: The Musical. Both are available through Samuel French.
A Playwright's Guide to Survival of the Fittest, or How to Get Produced on Broadway, a bitingly humorous tale of dreams and making the impossible happen, even if you're a woman and an artist.
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. During WWII, German prisoners were brought to the U.S. and put to work supporting the American war effort. Some were grateful for the opportunity to learn English and have meaningful work, and others hated every minute with their American captors. When one group joins the greenhouse business of a suburban Chicago family, life will never be the same for the prisoners or the family. "The Growers" 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 on the French Riviera.
The Nearly Final Almost Posthumous Play of the Not-Quite-Dead Sutton McAllister, an unusual take on the old 'Who-Done-It' format. Sutton McAllister is a world-famous playwright in this light-hearted drawing room comedy, an eclectic genius who creates all his scripts in longhand. When he nearly dies from a massive stroke, the race is on to see who will find the treasured final play of the last great playwright of his generation.
A Good Old Fashioned Redneck Country Wedding, the long-awaited sequel to ‘Redneck Christmas'. When mobsters on the lam arrive in town on the day of Darlene and Jimmy's wedding, everything goes crazy. Of course, it doesn't help that Jimmy has gotten cold feet and high-tailed it to the old hunting cabin in the mountains. Dave's dog ate the first wedding cake, and Lou's barely holding things together. Will Jimmy and Darlene ever get married? You'll have to produce the play to find out!
The Perfect Winter Holiday Play for the Politically Correct, which takes on political correctness run amok and pokes fun at just about everybody while telling the story of Perry, who wants Christian symbols removed from his town's holiday display.
Letting Go, a touching play about the consequences of texting and driving that’s full of tragic surprises and mystery. This unique psycho-thriller enjoyed its first public reading at the Greenhouse Theatre in lovely downtown Chicago in August 2014.
Kris is a full member of the Dramatist’s Guild of America, the International Centre for Women Playwrights, Literary
Managers and Dramaturgs of the Americas, the League of Professional Theatre Women, 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, and she directed the creation of the 2014 Applause Awards Celebration Video. 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.