Stage Manager – Karen


Stage Manager – Karen Oughtred

Karen Oughtred is an educator and theater artist who has introduced, taught and developed Process Drama programs, mask and puppetry workshops for a wide variety of populations including museum visitors, disadvantaged youth, the disabled, seniors, gifted and talented and indigenous peoples. She also works in interactive museum theatre, writing, creating, directing and performing. In 2003, Karen founded the New York based Australian Aboriginal Theatre Initiative (AATI) presenting the work of established and emerging national and international indigenous artists (2003 – 2010). Karen also works as Production Stage Manager for a variety of theatre, dance and puppetry companies in New York, including the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian (NMAI) and Hotel Savant (NY). She is a graduate of New Actors Workshop (Mike Nichols, Paul Sills, George Morrison) and gained her MA in Theater from Antioch University.

Puppetry credits include: The Dream Community: teaching artists, (Taipei, Taiwan), IsleWilde: teaching artist, (Vashon Island, WA), Bread and Puppet Theater: performer (NY, Glover, VT, Canada) and Chinese Theatre Works: performer (Virginia, NY), Mary Seidman & Dancers: puppetry construction (NY). Most recently Karen has collaborated with independent puppetry artist, Spica Wobbe (9th International Toy Theater Festival, St. Ann’s Warehouse, and Puppet Playlist, Tank)

Directorial credits include: Yanagai! Yanagai!: co-director, producer, (AATI, La MaMa Etc., 2009), Fare For All (Mt. Vernon Hotel Museum), Striving For Freedom (Jay Heritage Center), New Indigenous Voices: director, producer (AATI), Harvest Ceremony: assistant director (NMAI).