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

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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.

kim@kimmaxwellstudio.com

 

LILY BROWN, Managing Director/Producer, Co-Producer of The Townies Podcast

Lily was the head of the KMS PR & Marketing Department from the moment the studio was launched, all the while working to obtain her B.A. in Spanish, Drama & Political Science from Bennington College. Now graduated, Lily has taken on her new role as Managing Director/Producer and is drunk with power. Lily is also thrilled and incredibly proud to be a co-producer of Kim Maxwell Studio's latest project, The Townies Podcast.

lily@kimmaxwellstudio.com

 

 

ASA LEARMONTH, Co-Producer of The Townies Podcast

Asa Learmonth is currently a senior at Bennington College studying 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. 

asa@kimmaxwellstudio.com

 

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CAROL COHEN RAMSER, Associate Producer & Press Contact

Carol spent years as a gypsy magazine photographer before she tried on the producer hat.  Since then, she has produced hundreds of widely seen images, commercials and documentaries.  When she’s not helping artists realize their vision or babying avocado trees on her ranch, she can be found trying to expand the universe.

carol@kimmaxwellstudio.com

AMAURY SAUGRAIN, Director of Technology

Amaury is a French-native, embedded systems engineer who loves to skate. With a Master's Degree from ESIEE Paris, Amaury is ready to take the American tech industry by storm with his beautiful wife by his side.

 

 

 

 

EMMA BAILEY, Jack-Of-All-Trades & Helper Queen

Emma is the most mysterious girl in town. Is she an art foundation assistant? Yes. Does she work at the bookstore? Yes. Is she a private chef? Yes. Does she disappear into hills and thickets for hours nowhere to be seen? Yes. Kim Maxwell Studio has been her literary home base for seven years. As Kim always says, "many hands make light work" and Emma is happy to lend her hands to support whatever projects Kim has cooking. 

 

 

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STELLA SLAUGHTER, Head Intern

Stella Slaughter is a true “townie,” spending her entire life in this weird, tiny town. She loves comedy, Harry Potter and cooking shows. She has been writing predominantly comedic material in Kim Maxwell’s classes for almost a decade, and now she gets to be an intern for Kim, which is very exciting! She is a student at Boston University, where she intends to major in Film and Television.