In 1990, Kelly was the recipient of the National Irene Ryan Scholarship presented by the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival, which led to her being placed under a development contract with ABC. She appeared on ALL MY CHILDREN as Maria Monterey in 1990, 1991 and on ONE LIFE TO LIVE as Blaine Adams, 1991.She received the Regional Irene Ryan Scholarship in 1995. Films include: THE RIVER MURDERS with Ray Liotta, WITHOUT A LADDER with Jack Bannon, FRANK with John Gries and Britt Robertson, HOME OF THE BRAVE with Samuel Jackson, MOZART AND THE WHALE with Josh Hartnett, THE BASKET with Peter Coyote, MR. WRITE with Paul Reiser and Martin Mull, BROTHERS AND SISTERS with Franco Nero. Plays include: National New Play Network’s rolling premiere of Lucky Me by Robert Caisley, Bus Stop with Ellen Travolta, Rainmaker directed by Dale Moffit, Circle Mirror Transformation, Noises Off, Grace and Glory, to name a few. Kelly has had the good fortune of being a guest artist for the MFA Playwriting Workshop at the Kennedy Center with the National New Play Network and worked on plays with and by Steve Yockey, Martyna Majok, Meg Miroshnik, Michael Mitnick, Dan Le Franc, Aurin Squire and Lindsey Ferrentino. In 2016, Kelly was honored with the National KCACTF, Special Achievement in Performance as Medea in Medea:Her Story. She is the first ever Uta Hagen Teaching Award recipient and the Mayor’s Arts Award recipient for Outstanding Achievement in Arts Education. Kelly is a proud professor and Head of Performance at the University of Idaho.