Karen L. Erickson

Biography: 

Karen L. Erickson, professional artist and Executive Director of Creative Directions, provides training in playwriting, directing, drama education, and arts integration nationally and internationally. Erickson is a Workshop Leader for the Kennedy Center’s professional development programs, including Partners in Education. Erickson is a certified teacher of theater, language arts, and speech communications. Author of seven drama education books, she co-authored the Illinois Learning Standards for Fine Arts, Chicago Arts Standards, and the Integrated Curriculum Arts Project (ICAP). Erickson served as Artistic Director of Trinity Square Ensemble Theater in Evanston and worked at the Goodman Theatre as Assistant to Tennessee Williams. Erickson continues her work as a playwright and stage director having written fifteen plays for youth and adults produced by theater companies across the United States.

Artistic Statement: 

My work as a professional director, playwright, storyteller, and performer taught me the power of story, dramatized in collaboration with others, to heal, teach, communicate, and elicit self-discovery. My work with students is a journey from basic skills, through enacted story, to connected images linking drama and theater to other academic subjects. Students use space, group processes, language, the human body, and voice to experience their own stories and those of others. I believe that drama is a fundamental form of human expression that builds character, confidence, and a sense of community. I have come to know drama as a celebration of the human spirit.

Residency Type: 
Individual Artist