Karen Kessler is happy to be back at the Clarence Brown Theatre where she previously directed Hank Williams: Lost Highway.  She directed the world premiere of Alias Grace at Rivendell Theatre in Chicago, a company that she helped found almost 25 years ago. Karen is a proud ensemble member of Chicago’s iconoclastic A Red Orchid Theatre Company where she has directed The Nether, Solstice, The Opponent (a show that moved off-Broadway to the 59E59 Street Theatre in New York), Gagarin Way,
Mr. Kolpert, Louis Slotin Sonata, Pumpgirl, and Blasted. Other Chicago credits include: The Underpants by Steve Martin, War by Roddy Doyle, A Number by Carol Churchill, and Hamlet. Credits outside of Chicago include: Henry V, The Three Musketeers, Scapin, Macbeth, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Taming of the Shrew and All’s Well That Ends Well at the Illinois Shakespeare Festival; Macbeth at the Notre Dame Shakespeare Festival; Measure for Measure at the Connecticut Repertory Theatre; and Glengarry Glen Ross at the Northern Stage Ensemble in Newcastle, UK. Karen is a professor of directing and Shakespeare at Ball State University.