Karla teaches courses in directing and acting, in addition to leading the Experimental Company class and directing productions for Theatre UAB. She is a member of the professional director's union Stage Directors and Choreographers. She has directed professionally for over 25 years, for companies across the United States including Phoenix Theatre, Heritage Artists, Music Theatre North, and Trinity Players. For 12 years she served as Artistic Director of Shakespeare on the Green, a professional summer Shakespeare festival in the Chicago area and also served as Artistic Director for Heritage Artists and Music Theatre North. In 2010 she received an ariZoni Award for Outstanding Direction for her production of The Light in the Piazza for Phoenix Theatre. She also received an Outstanding Overall Production ariZoni Award for her production of Morning's At Seven.
Karla has held academic appointments at the University of South Carolina, DePaul University, Western Michigan University, and Barat College.
In 2010 Karla co-authored with Lesley Kordecki of DePaul University the book Re-Visioning Lear's Daughters: Testing Feminist Criticism and Theory, which was published by Palgrave Macmillan.
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