Helen Krieger is a writer and performer who moved to New Orleans in 2001 to co-found a neighborhood newspaper, the Bywater Marigny Current. Each month she and her partner wrote stories, sold ads, laid out pages, then delivered the paper door-to-door to the neighborhood’s 10,000 residents.
After Hurricane Katrina hit, she wrote a narrative feature, Flood Streets, which she co-produced with actor and comedian Harry Shearer. The film has won awards in festivals across the country and was recently picked up for distribution.
While shepherding the film through festivals, Krieger has also been able to study improv and is thrilled to have found the New Movement. Playing with other creative people in front of an audience has sharpened all her comedy-writing tools, something that’s come in handy as she works on her web series, Least Favorite Love Songs, which premiers fall, 2012.
Krieger was named one of Gambit Weekly’s “40 Under 40,” and she has a recurring role in HBO’s Treme.