ISABELLE Artistic co-Director of THEATRE GIGANTE, which she founded in 1987. Throughout her extensive career, she has established herself as: auteur of hybrid theater pieces, theater director, choreographer, actor, dancer, and teacher. As a performer, she has performed in Germany, Austria, Italy, Croatia, Slovenia and throughout the United States.
Kralj has an MFA in dance and has taught on staff at UWM and Alverno College, and has conducted master classes throughout Wisconsin, at Suffolk University, Boston, Grinnell College, Iowa, and at the University of North Carolina-Greensboro. She has also taught for First Stage Milwaukee, John Michael Kohler Arts Center, and for fourteen years at University School of Milwaukee, where she created and implemented a dance program.
Some of the companies she has directed and/or choreographed for include Present Music, Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, Milwaukee Repertory Theater, First Stage Milwaukee, Theatre X, UW-Milwaukee, UW-Whitewater, John Michael Kohler Arts Center, Suffolk University, DBUS (Ballet Association of Slovenia). She created outreach programming for the deaf and hard of hearing, the Foster Care Board, MPS Schools, and has been a part of the Milwaukee Symphony ACE Program for numerous years.
She began creating work in 1985, and in 1996, began collaborating with Mark Anderson, with whom she has created/written over 30 works. In 2012, Theatre Gigante completed a five-city tour in Slovenia, EU with Kralj and Anderson’s Three Other Sisters. In 2017, Kralj and Anderson performed at the University of Maribor in Slovenia. Most recently, Kralj created, directed, and choreographed METAMORPHOSIS for Theatre Gigante and performed in Gigante’s production of Rok Vilčnik’s Tarzan.
Kralj received a New Choreography Award from the Wisconsin Arts Board, and the award of High Artistic Achievement from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Slovenian Arts Council, and several grants from the US State Department and the U.S. Embassy in Slovenia, as well as the Slovenian Ministry of Culture.
She is happy and grateful to be working with Michael Stebbins, Joe Hanreddy, and such a talented cast!