Chelsea Hackett
Lecturer, Leadership Studies Minor
Department of Theatre and Dance

Chelsea Hackett Ph.D., (She/Her/Hers) is the co-founder and Executive Director of SPEAK, a non-profit that focuses on Vocal Empowerment for women and girls. In addition, she is an adjunct professor, interdisciplinary artist, researcher, and creative consultant based in Boulder, CO. She completed her doctorate in Educational Theatre at New York University, where her research focused on a partnership between MAIA Impact, a Guatemalan all-girl school, and an all-female Maya theatre company called Ajchowen. For eight years, Chelsea was a professional development coach and teaching artist in New York City, working across all five boroughs. In this capacity, she worked in over fifty different schools: teaching workshops on literacy through Story Pirates; teaching anti-bullying workshops through New York City Children’s Theatre; training teachers to integrate art into special needs education through the Everyday Arts in Special Education program, and training teachers to use art as a tool for emerging English speakers with Urban Arts. In addition, she is an actress, writer, and director, trained in New York City and working around the world. She is passionate about using the power of the arts to create collective meaning and engage in critical conversations.