Karen Konnerth is a visual storyteller based in New Orleans, Louisiana, who has followed her puppets around the world sharing stories and nurturing imagination. As writer, builder, and performer, she has connected with innumerable children and families in presentations respecting the intelligence of the child.
A dedicated educator, Karen offers teachers opportunities to learn from her experience in the integration of the arts across the curriculum for immediate student engagement. Karen has logged countless classroom hours developing, implementing, and refining arts integrated projects in a wide variety of schools and educational venues. Educator workshops include presentations for the National Art Education Association,the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, and for the U.S. Embassy English Language Specialist Program in Central America, Asia, the Middle East, and South Africa. Karen was awarded the 2011 Puppeteers of America Marjorie Batchelder McPharlin Award for contributions in the field of education. 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.
And her picture book work celebrates the “What if?” in the world around us, placing an element of the impossible inside the ordinary.