Abby Palen

Artist / Actor / Creator


Abby Palen is a recent graduate from The University of Cincinnati College Conservatory of Music, earning a BFA in Acting. They believe in pursuing the “secret joys behind the hard truths”, and have done so over the past few years with many artistic endeavors. Highlights include Moving the Mountain (An original one person show headed on a national tour in May 2020), The Aesthetics of Joy Gallery (an inclusive endeavor involving ten artists, fifteen musicians, and five aesthetics of joy), and Clifton Fallfest (an underground D.I.Y music festival). Acting credits include Our Country’s Good (Liz) at CCM, Clybourne Park (Bev) at CCM, Crossing the Horizon (Lou) at Ensemble Theatre, The Secret Life of Bros (Trish) at the Cincinnati LAB Theatre, and Black and White (Protestor) at the Cincy Fringe Festival. Directing credits including Moving the Mountain (Theatre), The Aliens (Theatre), The Importance of Being Earnest (Theatre), and Woodrow (Film). “To connect with our vulnerability is to find power, to find humanity.”



Voice Over Demo

00:00 / 00:59
Abby Audiobook Final
00:00 / 01:09

Acting Reel

Moving the Mountain

An audience interactive, one-human, comedic bonanza about crushing your demons and kissing them goodbye. Expect nothing but blissful broken expectations in this journey of jolly joy. How do you make skates from shoelaces? What do mosh pits teach us about letting go? How does joy help you conquer life’s mountains?

Production Photos

Smash your demons, then smooch them goodbye.

Video Footage

Documentary made by Jay Smith

Trailer for second performance of Moving the Mountain

Trailer for first performance of Moving the Mountain (both trailers done by Carlee Coulahan)