KAREN KONNERTH
623 Vallette Street, New Orleans, Louisiana, USA 70114, +1 504 913-8486, karen@karenkonnerth.com www.karenkonnerth.com

PROFESSIONAL PROFILE
• Arts Integration Specialist with 20 years of experience as resident artist in diverse elementary schools and classrooms implementing projects in collaboration with classroom teachers using puppetry, visual arts, and creative writing to teach across the curriculum
• Professional Development Presenter teaching teachers strategies to augment learning and incorporate 21st Century skills through arts integration
• English Language Specialist teaching teachers of English to use puppetry as a highly motivating teaching tool
Internationally touring puppeteer with 30 years of experience writing, building, and performing shows sharing cultural and educational themes with young audiences
• Writer and illustrator of educational books as well as picture books for children

RELEVANT WORK EXPERIENCE
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CONFERENCE & TEACHER EDUCATION PRESENTER SELECTIONS
2017 Cittá dei Burattini, Presenter workshop for teachers, Offida, Italy
2017 English Language Specialist Program, Manama, Bahrain
2017 Professional Day for the Teaching Artist/Therapist, Puppeteers of America, Professional Development Presenter, Minneapolis, MN
2016 Ministry of Education, Sultanate of Oman, country-wide tour as English Language Specialist
2015 Birmingham Museum of Art, Birmingham, AL as Professional Development Presenter
2015 National Arts Education Association (arteducators.org) as Professional Development Presenter
2015 Acadiana Arts Council Lafayette, LA as Professional Development Presenter
2014 U.S. Embassy Cultural Envoy Grant, Sultanate of Oman as English Language Specialist
2014 Tennessee Arts Academy as Professional Development Presenter
2013 Teach For India City Conference, Chennai, India as English Language Specialist
2013 Saraswathi Kendra School, Chennai, India as Professional Development Presenter
2013 U.S. Embassy Cultural Envoy Grant, Bahrain as English Language Specialist
2012 U.S. Embassy Cultural Envoy Grant, Saudi Arabia and English Language Specialist
2012 U.S. Embassy Cultural Envoy Grant, Bahrain
2012 KidsmArt, New Orleans, LA as Professional Development Presenter
2011 KidsmArt, Little Rock, Arkansas Professional Development Presenter
2010 Selected “Arts Coach” by LA Division of the Arts, and KidsmART
2009 Owlglass Puppetry Center, West Liberty, IA as Professional Development Presenter
2008 U.S. Embassy Cultural Envoy Grant, Brunei and Indonesia as English Language Specialist
2008 6th Asia Teaching English As A Foreign Language Conference, Bali, Indonesia as Plenary Speaker
2008 Louisiana Art & Science Museum, Baton Rouge, LA as Professional Development Presenter
2007 Houston Sierra Club, Houston, TX as Professional Development Presenter
2006 U.S. Embassy Cultural Envoy Grant, Guatemala as English Language Specialist
2006 U.S. Embassy Cultural Envoy Grant, Costa Rica as English Language Specialist
2006 Instituto Guatemalteco Internacional, Guatemala City, Guatemala English Language Specialist

• CALLIOPE PUPPETS: INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL PERFORMANCE TOUR SELECTIONS
2015, 2017 International Figura Offida Festival, Offida, Italy
2013 XVIII Festival internacional de Títeres, Caleta Olivia, Argentina
2012 XXI Festival Internacional de Títeres La Fanfarria, Medellín, Colombia
2012 Spring of Culture Festival, Manama, Bahrain
2009 Tercer Festival del Niño Campesino, Cordova, Argentina
2004, 2008, 2010 Festival Internacional de Títeres Mario Donate, Puerto Rico
2006, 2007, 2008 Festival Internacional de Títeres Pedro Carreon, Culiacán, México
2008 Festival Internacional de Títeres Juglares, Cosquín, Argentina
2008 Collaborative Performance with Wawan Gunawan and Gaura Mancacaritadipura, “Building Everlasting Friendship through Culture”, Cultural Research Center, Dept of National Education, Jakarta, Indonesia
2008 Sekolah Rendah Rimba II, Brunei
2008 Festivál Internacional de Títeres Lima Perú
2006 Festival Internacionál de Títeres Educativos: Paso del Norte, Ciudad Juarez, México
2006 Festival Internacional de los Artes, San José, Costa Rica
2004 World Performing and Visual Arts Festival, Lahore, Pakistan

RESIDENT ARTIST SELECTIONS
2009-17 Ogden Museum of Southern Art, New Orleans, LA as Teen Docent Puppet Troupe director
2013 “Sense of Place” project, Ogden Museum of Southern Art, New Orleans, as school Arts Integration Specialist and exhibit director
1990-2017 Young Audiences, Inc. as Arts Integration Specialist
2006-2018 St. Mary’s Academy, New Orleans, LA: artist’s lab school 12 weeks/year as Arts Integration Specialist

• AWARDS & HONORS
2015 National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award as participant in Ogden Museum of Southern Art Teen Docent Program as Community Puppet Troupe Director
2011 Puppeteers of America Marjorie Batchelder McPharlin Award for puppetry-related contributions in the field of education and therapy
2008 Creative Capital Professional Development Program Grant

• PUBLICATIONS
2008 Puppet Links Video Workshop (DVD and manual) Choices in Conflict Resolution
2017 The Sophisticated Sock: Project Based Learning Through Puppetry

• COMMUNITY SERVICE/MEMBERSHIP` SELECTIONS
1979 – present New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival Children’s Program Coordinator
Member Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators
Member Puppeteers of America
Member UNIMA-USA (USA chapter of international puppetry affiliate of United Nations’ UNESCO)

• EDUCATION
2012 Advanced Professional Certificate Program in Graphic Design/Illustration, Sessions College
2008 Títeres de Mesa, Festival Internacional de Títeres Juglares, Cosquín, Argentina
2008 Writing for Puppet Theater with Luman Coad, Puppetfest Midwest
2004, 2005 John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts Workshop Leader Retreats, Washington, D.C.
2000 10th Annual National Puppetry Conference, Eugene O’Neill Theatre Center, CN
2000 Undoing Racism 2 1/2 day workshop, People’s Institute for Survival and Beyond, New Orleans, LA
1991- present Extensive workshops all aspects of puppetry: Puppeteers of America National Festivals
1995 Artists as Educators: Planning Workshops for Teachers, Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts
1994 Writing Children’s Literature: University of New Orleans
1973-1974 Masters of Arts in Art Education 2/3 completed Rhode Island School of Design
1972 BA, Art and Sociology & certification to teach primary level Art: Tufts University

• LANGUAGES: English, Spanish, some French & Italian