Inge Center Artistic Director Named 

Karen Carpenter joins the William Inge Center for the Arts as the new Artistic Director, after filling the Interim Director role since September, 2014. She is a celebrated creative both in and out of the theatre, where she has served a U.S. President, worked for non-profit organizations, and taught in universities across the country.

She joins ICC having taught, directed, and produced for 30 years, creating theatre and large-scale events to enormous success. Karen’s greatest directing success came from her direction of Love Loss and What I Wore, scripted by Nora and Delia Ephron, and produced by Daryl Roth. Her production has been celebrated with a record 1,013 performances in New York, met critical acclaim, and won the Drama Desk Award for Best Unique Theatrical Experience.

In 2010, Boston University’s School of Theatre Arts established The Karen Carpenter Award for Excellence in Theatre Arts. It is awarded to a graduating student who has shown exceptional merit. The honor her alma mater bestowed speaks of her own merit.

Earlier in her career, Karen took the post as Associate Artistic Director for the renowned Old Globe Theater, where she had worked alongside some of the most illustrious actors, composers, directors, and playwrights of the stage. She taught for several years at the Yale School of Drama, and has since taught master theater courses in universities across the country. She has worked as project coordinator for President Clinton’s Clinton Global Initiative, which looks for creative solutions to the world’s issues. And she has been involved in numerous non-profit campaigns, including: UN/World Health Organization campaign “Deliver Now for Women and Children”, Friends of the United Nation campaign “The Big Push”, and the Million Women’s Heart Project “Take Heart”.

Karen has previous experience working for the Inge Center, having previously guest directed for the Inge Festival, and curated previously unseen short works by William Inge later entitled Inge: Complex. She has since served on the William Inge Festival Foundation Board of Trustees.

Please join ICC in welcoming Karen Carpenter as its William Inge Center for the Arts Artistic Director.

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