Fundamentals of Acting, Developing a Character, Advanced Acting, Voice and Diction, Theatre for Community Dialogue, Theatre Senior Seminar, Seminar In Women’s Studies, and Yoga
Karen Berthel is currently Department Chair for Theatre Arts. An associate professor of Theatre Arts at Kalamazoo College, she teaches all of the performance courses plus senior seminar. She is a founding member of Queen’s Company in NYC, an all female company devoted to producing classical texts. Favorite professional credits there include the Cardinal in DUCHESS OF MALFI, Gremio in TAMING OF THE SHREW, and the title role in MACBETH. Some West Coast credits: San Francisco Shakespeare Festival, Electra Theatre Company, Central Works, Boscov Productions, Human Nature, and The Marsh. Karen also spent six years with Kaiser Permanente’s Educational Theatre programs, as both an actor and manager of multiple shows that toured across the US mainland and Hawaii. She holds a Master of Fine Arts in Acting from The American Conservatory in San Francisco, and is an Associate Teacher of Fitzmaurice Voicework®. Recent directing credits for Festival Playhouse include CLOUD NINE, THE ROVER, MACBETH, TOP GIRLS, IMAGINARY INVALID and an all-female production of HAMLET.