Karen Oughtred is an educator and theater artist who has developed Drama programs, mask and puppetry workshops for museum visitors, disadvantaged youth, the disabled, older adults and indigenous peoples in the US, Australia and Taiwan. As a Teaching Artist she co-created The Memory Project with Spica Wobbe (2016) delivering workshops in storytelling through visual arts, theater and puppetry to older adults at culturally diverse senior centers.
At the Mount Vernon Hotel Museum she directs and performs in their outreach program, "People of our Past", which is delivered to numerous Senior Centers across the five boroughs. She directs Jay Heritage Center’s (Rye) interactive museum theater, "Striving For Freedom".
Karen is Production Stage Manager for the National Museum of the American Indian and various NY theater and dance companies.
Founder and Artistic Director of the Australian Aboriginal Theater Initiative (NY) (2003-2011), a not for profit theater company producing annual festivals featuring over 100 indigenous artists from Australia, New Zealand, Samoa, Canada and the US.
Her Puppetry credits include: Co-Curator Voice4Vision International Puppetry Festival, (NY), The Dream Community: teaching artist, (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), collaborated with puppetry artist, Spica Wobbe (9th International Toy Theater Festival, St. Ann's Warehouse, and Puppet Playlist, Tank).
She is a graduate of New Actors Workshop (Mike Nichols, Paul Sills, George Morrison), MA, Theater, (Antioch University).