Kristen Kaza

Marketing Manager

Since moving to Chicago in 2003 from Vermont, Kristen has worked in marketing and community outreach for Time Out Chicago, Whole Foods Market and the Chicago Reader, where she currently serves as the newspaper’s Marketing Director. Kristen likes to create work that is collaborative and community-oriented, as evident in productions & campaigns including the Chicago Reader Biker Village for Pitchfork Music Festival and the major launch of the reinvented Reader, which included pop up events to celebration the revamped publication. In addition to her position at the Reader, Kristen co-manages the video production company Yellow Wing Productions, which she co-founded with Ky Dickens in 2007. In 2009, they released the breakout documentary film Fish out of Water with First Run Features, produced by Kristen and Fawzia Mirza and written and directed by Ky. The film, which explores the relationship between homosexuality and the Bible, had a successful run in the festival circuit and won four juror awards. Currently they are working on the film Sole Survivor, which examines the impact of survivorship on the human condition and is set to release in Summer, 2012. In June, 2009 Kristen received a 30 Under 30 award from the Windy City Media Group for her achievements in the LGBTQ community, and serves on the About Face Theater Junior Board. Kristen is a Magna Cum Laude graduate from Columbia College where she will begin teaching Collaborative Consumerism, a course she devised for the college, in Spring, 2012.