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Karen Sharp is the Education Director for Seattle Children's Theatre. She has taught and coordinated arts education programs for almost 20 years including several years as a drama specialist in a public elementary school. Karen oversees both the Drama School and Outreach programs and is responsible for spearheading the educational vision for SCT. In addition Karen is an adjunct faculty member for the Seattle University MFA Arts Leadership program, Cornish College of the Arts and serves on the faculty of Bringing Theatre into the Classroom and Teaching Artist Training Lab. She has consulted with art schools and theater education departments across the country to help them implement best practices at their institutions and has been a guest lecture at many colleges and universities. Recently Karen collaborated with Shakespeare Center Los Angles to develop a creative drama performance piece. Karen has presented at several local and national conferences including the 2011 and 2013 One Theatre World conferences, 2012 AATE Theatre in our Schools regional conference and the 2013 AATE national conference. Karen is the current Board President of TYA/USA and Secretary of The Winifred Ward Scholarship Foundation.