Karen Konnerth is a visual storyteller 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.
Today, her picture book writing celebrates the “What if?” in the world around us, along with the adventure of cultural diversity. She particularly enjoys placing an element of the impossible inside the ordinary.
Also 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, and the Middle East. 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.