We are a community and student theater, based at KIMEP University in Almaty, Kazakhstan.



KELT began in the summer of 2001 as a student-led effort when a couple of KIMEP University students approached Dr. Richard Fallaice (then Dean of Student Affairs) about their desire to perform plays in English.


Our vision

Is to be a community theater that touches people’s lives in Kazakhstan through quality productions, where needs for identity, purpose, acceptance and love are met.

Our mission

Our mission is to promote the arts, develop character, create community and improve English-proficiency through theater.

We value community

We believe every individual must contribute his/her part to the greater community that defines KELT. We desire that each person helps create a safe environment where every-day masks can be removed and where vulnerability with one another is the standard.

We value the individual

We believe in the uniqueness of every individual, and desire to foster and expand each member’s unique personalities, gifts and talents.

*Our values are met through full-length productions, small productions, projects, community service projects, get-togethers, trainings, workshops and discussions.

We value our society

We believe that KELT productions should reflect the reality of the human condition, society and world. We believe that injustice, abuse, oppression, loneliness, corruption and lies fill the world we live in, but so does goodness, beauty, acceptance, love, hope, and truth.


Jessica Lewis,
Artistic Director

Laura Pacini,
Technical Director

Galina Kiryan,
Community Relations

Abay Chinibekov,
KELT president at KIMEP

Nathan Fleming,
Founder and First KELT Director

Madi Saken KELT Legal Advisor

Madi Saken,
Legal Advisor

Aidos KELT Business Development Manager

Aidos Atagullayev,
Business Development Manager


Current Production

Join us in December 2018 for KELT's 37th production! More information coming [...]

Theater Club

Join us Wednesday evenings from 19:00-21:00 in KIMEP University’s Great Hall at KIMEP for theater games and exercises. Be [...]

Playback Theater

The 2016 KELT Summer tour marked KELT’s first performances of Playback theater. What is Playback Theater? [...]