As founder and artistic director of Calliope Puppets, Karen Konnerth is a visual storyteller sharing both stories and storytelling opportunities worldwide with children and adults through workshops for educators, puppet theater performances, and arts integrated school residencies.
Karen is a specialist in the integration of the arts to engage learners across the curriculum, and has presented educator workshops at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts as well as for the U.S. Embassy English Language Specialist Program in Central America, Asia, and the Middle East. She received the 2011 Marjorie Batchelder McPharlin Award for contributions in the field of education from Puppeteers of America. She also initiated and directed the puppetry component of the Teen Docent Program at the Ogden Museum of Southern Art, awarded a 2015 National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award.
As Calliope Puppets, Karen writes shows, designs and builds puppets in a wide variety of techniques, and performs with live voice. Based in New Orleans, Louisiana, she has presented in theaters, museums, festivals, and schools in the United States and internationally, sharing explorations of folklore, culture, and fantasy with family audiences.
An active member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators, Karen is expanding her experience bringing stories to life through puppetry, to the printed page.