Kristen Lauth Shaeffer
Kristen Lauth Shaeffer lives and creates in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Her short films have screened at the New Orleans Film Festival, Dance on Camera Film Festival (co-presented by the Film Society of Lincoln Center and Dance Films Association), Cucalorus Film Festival, Paris International Festival of Animated Film, Athens International Film + Video Festival, NewFilmmakers Los Angeles and New York, and other national and international festivals. She has received grants from The Heinz Endowments, The Pittsburgh Foundation, and Pittsburgh 250 Community Connections for her work as co-creator and executive producer of Greetings from Pittsburgh: Neighborhood Narratives.
She received her B.A. in Communication Arts and Theater from Allegheny College in 2003, and her M.F.A. in Film and Digital Technology from Chatham University in 2007. In between, she worked in live television closed captioning, and as a producer in Washington, D.C. Kristen is now an Assistant Professor of Film and Digital Technology at Chatham University. She is also an Apple Certified Trainer: Final Cut Pro 7 and Final Cut Pro X. As a Pro Apps ACT, she teaches Final Cut Pro X training courses and administers Apple exams through Chatham University, an Apple Authorized Training Center for Education.