Whether she’s writing, acting, producing or directing for the stage or the screen, Kaehler is at home in the performing arts. As an undergraduate, she worked on 15 student films and over 18 theater productions. She recently finished directing her first full-length play and honors thesis, called “I and You." As part of her film and media studies courses, she created three films: a documentary about her family called “Sparkle in the Eye” and two narrative films, “Lapsed” and “Tombé.” Her writing tackles heavy topics: “Lapsed” is about a ghost who tries to save a young woman from committing suicide and “Tombé” is about sexual assault in the dance industry. She also created the films "How Long You Wander" and "Foresight" as well as the documentary "Earth Mother" for her digital filmmaking minor. Her film work earned her an Outstanding Production Student award this spring.
In addition, Kaehler was the host of “Office Hours” for two years, a radio show on KUCI where she interviewed UCI professors about their research. “I tried to spread it out all over campus, but I found, of course, that I was most drawn to interviewing people from the School of Humanities,” she says.
Despite entering UCI as a drama major, Kaehler was able to explore film and media studies courses through Humanities Core and soon found herself adding the major and taking a deeper interest in film. This summer, she’s going to be assistant directing “Comedy of Errors," a Shakespeare play in the New Swan Shakespeare Festival, and afterward, she hopes to continue to direct and write for film and theater. “All the stories that I’ve written center female characters,” she says. “That’s just something I really care about. I always try to cast diversely, but when I write, I like to write from my own experiences as a woman.”