Kelley Nicole Girod is a 2008 graduate of Columbia's MFA playwriting program where she was named the Stein and Liberace scholar as well as the John Golden fellow for her artistic merit. Kelley hails from Louisiana where she attended Louisiana State University and works extensively with the artistic community of Baton Rouge, most recently serving as a panel judge for Louisiana's artist in residency program. She has had plays produced in Los Angeles, New York, New Orleans, and Columbus, Ohio and has had readings at Primary Stages, the Labyrinth Studio, and Horse Trade Theater Group (NYC), which produced her play Parabolas as part of their downtown theatre festival. She is the founder and executive producer of The Fire This Time, an annual festival that challenges the definition of black theatre. She was also named "Person of the Year 2011" by Nytheatre.com for her work on the festival.