Karen Robinson

Karen Robinson is a Professor in the Department of Theatre and Performance Studies at Kennesaw State University (KSU) where she has taught and directed for fifteen years and recently served two and a half years as Interim Chair. She has worked professionally as a director, dramaturg, and/or stage manager in New York, North Carolina, California, and Georgia. Robinson’s directing work includes chamber theatre, performance ethnography, contemporary and period classics, and new play development. She directed Baldwin’s American Civil Rights drama Night Blooms for its 2010 world premiere at Atlanta’s Horizon Theatre Company, and well as staged readings of the play for Paderborn University in Germany and Selma, Alabama’s 50th anniversary commemoration of the historic Voting Rights Marches. As an Associate Artist at Georgia Shakespeare (Atlanta), she directed fourteen productions for the company. Recent directing projects include The Coming Out Monologues Project at KSU and Marcus; Or The Secret Of Sweet at Actor's Express in Atlanta. A passionate advocate for global learning and intercultural art and performance, Karen served as Global Learning Coordinator for KSU’s College of the Arts from 2006-2013. Her global projects have included tours of student productions to Morocco, China, and Germany. Karen is the recipient of KSU’s 2009 Award for Distinguished Teaching, a 2010 University of Georgia Board of Regents Award for Excellence in Teaching, and the 2011 KSU Distinguished Professor award.