Fortunate Country is written, produced, directed, and performed by a team of native Nebraskan women who seek to shed light on the nuanced and complicated stories that exist in the Midwest. Our team is committed to putting the lives of everyday Nebraskans in the spotlight.
KRISTIN TRIPE - writer / producer / actress
Kristin Tripe is an actress, filmmaker, and teaching artist based in Los Angeles, California. She recently earned her MFA in Acting from California Institute of the Arts, where she specialized in Speech Pedagogy, and she also holds a Bachelors in Theatre from the University of Nebraska at Omaha, where she trained in Theatre of the Oppressed. Originally from Kearney, NE, Kristin has always been fascinated by the singular energy that exists in the Heartland of America, and is eager to give voice to the unique stories of Midwestern women.
JULIA HINSON - director
Julia Hinson is a theatre director, teaching artist and visual artist based in Memphis, TN. She is originally from Hastings, Nebraska where she first found her love for storytelling. Julia currently serves as the Artist Director of LoneTree Live which has premiered theatrical work at the Kansas City Fringe Festival, Edinburgh Fringe Festival and the Three Branch Festival in London. She has an MFA in Directing from East 15 Acting School in England, an MA in Theatre from the University of Nebraska Omaha and a BFA in Theatre Performance from the University of Memphis.
REGINA PALMER - actress
Regina Palmer is an Omaha-based actress and teaching artist. She's had the opportunity to perform on multiple stages in Omaha including the Omaha Community Playhouse, the Blue Barn Theatre, and the Rose Children's Theatre, as well as the unique experience of performing in Traverse City, MI with the theatre group Parallel 5. Regina is planning to relocate to the LA area next spring and looks forward to making art in her hometown until then.
JOHN P BEATTY - director of photography
John P. Beatty is a cinematographer and artist based in Kansas City, Missouri. He grew up in Kearney, Nebraska and maintains core values in his filmmaking harbored from his Midwestern upbringing. He has a film degree from the University of Missouri-Kansas City and spent time studying Social Documentation at the University of California, Santa Cruz.