Meet the Company
Kevin Dodd (Founder / Director)
Kevin is a theatre director, producer, and teaching artist who specializes in new works, physical theatre, and socially engaged performance. Kevin holds a BA in Educational Theatre and an MA in Educational Studies from Western Michigan University and is published in the field of critical arts education. As a teaching artist, Kevin has worked with KRESA's Education for the Arts programs since 1999, teaching youth at over 10 program sites ranging from elementary to high school. In his work as the founding director of Shifting Forms, he has also led classes, workshops, and camps with the Kalamazoo Civic Theatre and other area non-profits. He is a founding member of two New York-based production companies and a freelance director, his work has been seen in New York and Philadelphia as well as across West Michigan. kevin-dodd.com
Karen is currently Department Chair for Theatre Arts at Kalamazoo College where she teaches various acting courses and voice. She is a founding member of Queen’s Company in NYC, an all female company devoted to producing classical texts. Favorite professional credits with them include the Maundy in SIR PATIENT FANCY, Cardinal in DUCHESS OF MALFI, Gremio in TAMING OF THE SHREW, and the title role in MACBETH. Some West Coast performance and direction credits include 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 road 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, is a Fitzmaurice Voicework® Associate, and a member of VASTA. Previous directing credits for Festival Playhouse include GOOD NIGHT DEDEMONA, THE VIBRATOR PLAY, CLOUD 9, THE TEMPEST, THE ROVER, MACBETH, TOP GIRLS, ROSENCRANTZ AND GUILDENSTERN ARE DEAD, AS YOU LIKE IT, IMAGINARY INVALID and an all-female production of HAMLET. In Michigan, she has also directed for The Kalamazoo Civic Theatre (IMAGINARY INVALID), and Whole Art Theatre (BAD DATES).