Kelsey Ford is the creator and director of the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust’s Bookish in the ‘Burgh, a two-day teen book festival connecting award-winning, acclaimed authors of teen literature with their readers. She is also the Programming Manager for the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust, responsible for managing collaborative partnerships, audience engagement, artist communications, and administrative processes for the Cultural Trust’s Children’s Theater Series for family audiences and EQT Bridge Theater Series for pre-teen audiences. Kelsey also manages and helps curate the EQT Children’s Theater Festival, a four-day international theater festival for young audiences welcoming 25,000 visitors to Pittsburgh’s Cultural District each year.
Kelsey holds a Master of Arts in Arts Management from Bath Spa University in Bath, England as well as a Bachelor of Science in Advertising and Public Relations from Florida Southern College in Lakeland, Florida, and she is also an author of teen literature. She serves on the Selection Committee for the International Performing Arts for Youth Annual Showcase; the Board of Directors for Handmade Arcade, a Pittsburgh non-profit connecting local creators and makers with consumers; and the Steering Committee of the Pittsburgh Emerging Arts Leaders Network through the Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council.