Karla Kash

Associate Professor, Theatre Program Director, Producer


Phone: (518) 442-4200 or (518) 442-4201

Campus office: PAC 262/352


Karla Kash is honored to be joining the talented team at the University at Albany. Professor Kash spent the last decade as the head of the BFA Musical Theatre Program at Drake University, where she was a tenured Associate Professor. Professor Kash directed, choreographed, and fight directed many productions at Drake. Favorites include: Heathers, Cabaret, A Man of No Importance, Sweeney Todd, Bare, The Wild Party, Urinetown, Company, and Twelfth Night; and in conjunction with StageWest—Spring Awakening and Working.

Ms. Kash is a professional actor, director, choreographer, and fight director, as well as a theatre educator. Most recently, Karla was seen as Barbara in August: Osage County, a joint production between Repertory Theatre of Iowa and StageWest. Ms. Kash played Susan in the musical [title of show], Becca in Rabbit Hole, and Haley in the one-woman show Bad Dates for StageWest. Ms. Kash has directed, choreographed and fight directed many productions for StageWest and RTI. Some favorites are: Parade, Avenue Q, Taming of the Shrew, The Beebo Brinker Chronicles, Bill W. and Dr. Bob, Forbidden Broadway, Johnny Guitar, Jerry Springer the Opera, The Glass Menagerie, As You Like It, and A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

Ms. Kash was director/choreographer at Des Moines Playhouse for West Side Story, Rock of Ages, The Wedding Singer, and Joseph. Karla also did Joseph at Tent Theatre. Last summer, Karla directed Shipwrecked at The Black Hills Playhouse is South Dakota. For Des Moines Onstage, Karla directed Spring Awakening and 13; and she also did a concert version of Next to Normal where she played Diane.

Ms. Kash was the recipient of the 2014 Madelyn Levitt Mentor of the Year Award at Drake University, which she credits as the greatest honor of her career. Karla is a member of Actors’ Equity Association, Society of Stage Directors and Choreographers, and The Society of American Fight Directors, through which she is proficient in six weapons. Ms. Kash earned her BFA in Acting with an emphasis in dance and musical theatre from Wright State University and her MFA in classical Acting from Brandeis University. www.karlakash.com