Karen Baughm

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BA Theater

MA Creative Writing


Karen Baughn is a Los Angeles based teacher, actor, improviser, and writer. A high school apprenticeship with the Idaho Shakespeare festival sparked passion for the theater, which brought her from her hometown of Boise, Idaho all the way to Occidental College in the heart of Los Angeles where she earned her honors in Theater. She went on to study at The London Dramatic Academy, Improv Olympic Chicago, UCB, The Groundlings, and Bang Comedy Studio to develop her skills as a character actor and director. She also recently graduated with her Masters in Professional Creative Writing from the University of Denver. 

In the midst of her studies, Karen was also teaching. After three years of teaching for Occidental Children’s Theater, Karen successfully partnered with OCT and UCLA to bring her own curriculum to a local high school to teach underserved teens the positive influence of improv. In addition, Karen has taught sketch at iO West, musical theater at A Time for Dance, and coached improv at UCB.   Karen has been with Shakespeare Kids from the beginning and is a much loved teacher!

Karen and Cy Brown will be backups for each other this year!

Shakespeare StoryTime

Ages 6-9

Homework:  Optional. Practicing lines for final end of session productions.

William Shakespeare is considered to be the world’s greatest dramatist. His Tragedies, Comedies and Histories are full of kings, queens, fairies, tricks and are SO MUCH FUN!!  We have been offering Shakespeare Performance Programs for children as young as 4 for over 22 years.  We make Shakespeare accessible and inclusive.  In this program, we will learn, discuss and explore many of his 36 plays. THEN, using fun active theatre exercises we will PHYSICALLY explore these great stories, characters and themes.  This program provides a safe, fun and supportive atmosphere where students will be encouraged to make bold and creative acting choices, while also developing new levels of personal confidence, finding their voice and ensemble skills while learning this great story. We’ll bring it all together as we prepare for a short presentation of some of his characters and scenes during our last class for friends and family.


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