Karen Gygli is an Associate Professor of Theater in the Tim Russert Department of Communication and Theatre Arts at John Carroll University. Some of her most recent and representative shows at John Carroll include The Odd Couple, The Glass Menagerie, Blink, (an original script by Dr. Mary Weems), Medea, Household Tales, The Laramie Project, Working, Born Yesterday, All My Sons, and Twilight Los Angeles: 1992. She also directed a staged reading of Dead Man Walking, a dramatization of the book by Tim Robbins and Sr. Helen Prejean. The production at John Carroll was nominated for a Community Service Award by Northeast Ohio Live magazine.
Karen has also served on the board of Red Hen Productions, Cleveland’s feminist theater, and has directed Fantasy Coffee Stop (which she also wrote), Forbidden, Eight Impressions of a Lunatic, The Clue in the Old Birdbath, and Body Outlaws for Red Hen. She teaches Introduction to Theater, Acting, Directing, African-American Theater History, International Film History, and Asian Theater courses at JCU. Her research interests range from Canadian theatre to Occupy Cleveland’s performance about themselves. She earned her Ph.D. in Theatre from Bowling Green State University.