Karen completed her Ph.D. in Theatre at the University of Colorado – Boulder, her MFA in Directing at the New School for Drama in New York City, and her BA in Women's Studies at St. Olaf College in Minnesota. Her research interests include military theater and entertainment, directing, theater for social change, new play development, pedagogy, and improvisation. She has presented at regional, national, and international conferences, including ATHE, ASTR, TETA, and MATC. She is currently the Secretary for the ATHE Directing Focus Group and Assistant Coordinator of TETA's Academic Symposium. Her performance reviews have been published in Texas Theatre Journal. She is working on her first manuscript tentatively titled “Soldier-Actors: Community-Based Theatre at U.S. Army Bases”. Outside of academia, she directs professionally, teaches youth and adult workshops, and facilitates social justice performances and discussions. Favorite directing credits include Henrik Ibsen's Ghosts, Eric Bogosian's subUrbia, Anton Chekhov's Three Sisters, Bekah Brunstetter's sick, Aristophanes' Lysistrata, and Jennie Berman Eng's A Stall of One's Own.