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 in 1985. 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. The musical is published by Samuel French, Inc. and is being considered for cinematic production. Ken Sherman of Ken Sherman and Associates of Beverly Hills, CA represents the screenplay.
Kris’ farce, Chloe Nelson and the Remarkable, Unusual, Foolproof Retirement Plan was given a reading at the Dramatists Guild of America in March 2010 and was selected for the 2010 Great Plains Theatre Conference. It was a finalist for the Aurora Theatre’s GAP Festival of New Plays and was honored as a top 10 finalist for the Reva Shiner Comedy Award presented annually by the Bloomington Playwrights Project.
Kris’ comedy, Simon Says has been read by Mr. Neil Simon who granted permission for the use of his likeness in the script!
Grandma’s Little Helper is a unique comedic drama examining aging, hypocrisy, and family responsibility. It has been through a reading in Orlando, FL and was named the winner in the full-length play division of Chameleon Theatre Circle’s 2011 Festival of New Plays. Gary DaSilva also represents this script.
Kris adapted the novel “Lay That Trumpet in Our Hands” by Susan Carol McCarthy for the stage in 2011.
Her latest play, The Growers, is based on actual events during WWII. This extraordinary story is already receiving significant attention nationwide. Kris is currently developing the screen adaptation of this exceptional stage play.
Kris is a member of the Dramatist’s Guild of America, the International Centre for Women Playwrights, and the Theatre Communications Group. She was nominated for the 2011 Francesca Primus award presented by the ATCA for Outstanding Emerging Female Playwright. Kris is also the YouTube Editor for ICWP. She continues to write from her home near Orlando, FL. She mentors a number of writers and playwrights offering advice, editing, and a shoulder to cry on as needed.