Kelly D.T. Strom is well-known in the Charleston, West Virginia area as an actress, director, playwright and acting teacher.
She began her education in theatre with an acting scholarship to Davis and Elkins College in Elkins, West Virginia. During the winter interim session Kelly met her mentor, Jacques Burdick. At his recommendation, she auditioned for and was accepted into Adelphi University in Garden City, Long Island, NY. It was here she earned her B.F.A. in Theatre Arts, with acting and directing as her focus. She studied with some great personalities there such as Jonathan Larson, author of R.E.N.T. Kelly began work on her Master’s degree at West Virginia University but found herself traveling across country instead, eventually landing in Tucson, Arizona.
Kelly’s primary source of fulfillment comes from performing. She has had the pleasure and honor of portraying some of her favorite characters: Big 8 in Charleston Stage Company’s “Flaming Guns of the Purple Sage”, L’il Bit in “How I Learned to Drive”, Auntie Nan in “Treasure Island,” Hannah in “Spitfire Grill,” and her all time favorite, Lucy in “You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown.”
Kelly has directed many productions for various companies from New York to Tucson. But most of her directing has been right here in Charleston, West Virginia. Of the plays she has directed here, some of her favorites for children include; “Secret of the Golden Web” (her original work), “Narnia,” “Hansel & Gretel,” ”Little Women,” and “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.” Other local directing favorites are “Death of a Salesman,” “Buried Child,” “Doubt,” and a full length musical version of “Tom Sawyer” for Kanawha Players.
Besides co-owning Strom Studios with her husband Dennis, Kelly is the Artistic Director for Charleston Area Medical Center’s Standardized Patient Program, the first of its kind in the area. She employs local acting talent to serve in patient scenarios used in the training of medical personnel.
Dennis Strom is broadly described as a “media freelancer.” He has served as technical director and set-builder for numerous productions for several companies in the Charleston area and elsewhere in addition to the FestivAll play festival at the Clay Center for the Arts and Sciences.
Dennis has been a videographer for TV’s Extra, Inside Edition and America’s Most Wanted, worked several positions in audio, lighting and grip for the Arts & Entertainment channel, ESPN Classic, CBS. He was the writer/producer of a multi-media production for the West Virginia Division of Tourism and an infomercial for Charter Cable TV.
On the acting side, Dennis has performed in various roles for educational films, documentaries and commercials. He writes and produces his own short films. He’s currently working on “One Soldier, One Grave,” a mini-historical drama. A former grade school art teacher, he has even illustrated a children’s book series.
Dennis’s other wide experience includes acting as production coordinator for Hollywood film director/producer Clyde Ware for the film “Rough Diamonds.” He was also a production engineer and set designer for Motion Masters here in Charleston.