We teach people to launch their stories loudly and unapologetically into the world; to laugh more, risk more, have bigger lives.
About Kim Maxwell Studio
Kim Maxwell Studio officially opened its doors in September 2013 after a wildly successful IndieGoGo campaign that raised $35,000 towards our startup and first-year costs. Our mission is to teach people to launch their stories loudly and unapologetically into the world: to laugh more, risk more, and have bigger lives.
So what the heck does that mean?
In every country, every state, every province, every territory, there are people that are just like us. People that have crushes and to-do lists and fears and bad qualities and good ones and laughs that make us laugh, and yet... we find ourselves separated. Stories are what make us realize that we are not all so different. "I fell in love." "I dropped my phone in the toilet." "I got my heart broken." "I was made to feel that I don't matter." This understanding that strangers are maybe not so strange after all, is what creates empathy and pushes us towards social justice and change.
We at Kim Maxwell Studio believe that when we stop thinking in the abstract about the people that pass us on the street and the struggles they face every day, things will get better for everyone. We may not all have the same story, but we have stories all the same.
Stories are what connect us. And it is our mission to teach people to launch their stories, loudly and unapologetically into the world: to laugh more, risk more, and have bigger lives. So that we might find ourselves a little less divided from the joys and woes of the wonderful people around us.
-Lily Brown, Managing Director / Producer
Meet Our Staff
KIM MAXWELL, Founder & Principal
Kim Maxwell is a producer, director, actress and teacher. She is co-founder of the Ojai Playwrights Conference where she continues to serve on the board and as director of its youth program. Maxwell is also co-founder and served eleven years as co-artistic director of Theater 150.
Ms. Maxwell’s transformative style of coaching has inspired beginners and professional actors for over twenty years. With her compassionate guidance, students undertake the fulfilling and transformative process of discovering, developing and performing their own stories. From preteens to senior citizens, Ms. Maxwell’s students, over a thousand in number, have gathered in theaters, detention centers and living rooms throughout Los Angeles and Ventura Counties to have their stories heard. An arts advocate and community activist, Kim was recognized by the City of Ojai with a Lifetime Achievement in the Arts Award in 2013.
Kim Maxwell Studio is the realization of her lifelong dream – to open a beautifully outfitted home for the stories of her talented friends and neighbors.
LILY BROWN, Managing Director/Producer, Co-Producer of The Townies Podcast
Lily Brown is an actress, writer and director with a degree in Spanish, Drama and Political Science from Bennington College. She serves as the Managing Director and Head of PR & Marketing at Kim Maxwell Studio in Ojai and as Co-Producer of The Townies Podcast. She was a staff writer and video content creator at the Bennington Free Press for four years. Also while at Bennington, Lily was chosen to participate in the Sitcom Performance Lab where she worked collaboratively to create, produce and perform 7 episodes of a widely-attended, live, sitcom-style show, presented weekly.
Since graduating, she has been in numerous productions at Kim Maxwell Studio and starred in the world premiere reading of “Dry Land” by Ruby Rae Spiegel at the Ojai Playwrights Conference. In 2017 Lily attended THREAD at Yale, a highly selective multimedia storytelling program offered each summer at Yale University.
MARISSA UTZ, Administrative Assistant
Marissa was, is and probably will forever be a Minnesotan at heart. Born and raised in Elk River, MN, she graduated from the University of Minnesota with a degree in Global Studies and Social Justice. After 5 years of living, traveling and working abroad she somehow made her way to California and 4 years later… she’s still here! When not making super dry jokes in the office, you can find her spoiling her lil’ husky, training jiu jitsu, enjoying the outdoors and drinking coffee... LOTS of coffee.
ASA LEARMONTH, Co-Producer of The Townies Podcast
Asa Learmonth is a recent graduate of Bennington College where he studied theatre and philosophy. Growing up in rural Vermont, podcasts have intrigued, entertained and captivated him from the ripe young age of fifteen, and he feels lucky to have this opportunity to help The Townies Podcast come into fruition in any way he can.