Kelsey Colburn is an excited first year at Y.O.U. and a Chicago transplant originally hailing from West Michigan. She graduated from Hope College with a degree in social work with emphases in women’s studies and social policy. Since 2013 she has worked with The Field Center for Children’s Policy Practice and Research at University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, addiction recovery programs, and youth programs for young people on the autism spectrum.
In 2014 she moved to Chicago to explore the world outside her comfort zone and to pursue her passion for theatre. Kelsey performed and directed with numerous theatre companies for three years in the city, and in 2017 she and her younger brother Jamie launched Exit Left Theatre Company in Holland, Michigan, with the hope to inspire West Michigan through the pillars of innovation, community, diversity, and conversation. Kelsey’s greatest passions are social work and the arts, and she enjoys splitting her time between those two passions at Youth & Opportunity United and Exit Left.
In her free time Kelsey loves watching the Denver Broncos with her Broncos crew at the Irish Oak, jet setting on the weekends, eating DMK, seeing plays, writing essays and letters, spending time at the lake with a book and good friends, hiking the Michigan dunes, watching Supergirl, and spending time with her dog, Odie.