Karla Kash

Associate Professor, Director/Producer of the Theatre Program


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

Campus office: PAC 262A


Karla Kash is honored to be amongst the talented team at the University at Albany. This past season, Professor Kash directed A Doll's House and choreographed Hair at UAlbany. This season she will be directing and choreographing Godspell, and fight directing A Streetcar Named Desire.

Karla fight directed Top Girls at SUNY Cortland and will be their fight director for Les Liaisons Dangereuses and choreographer for The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee next season. Karla just did the fight direction for a new play called Prowess at Brown/Trinity Rep, which was also restaged at Pyramid Theatre Company this summer. Karla won a Cloris Leachman Award for her fight direction for this production.

Professor Kash spent a 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 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 favorite productions 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 and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. Karla also did Joseph at Tent Theatre. Karla directed Shipwrecked at The Black Hills Playhouse is South Dakota. For Des Moines Onstage, Karla directed Spring Awakening and 13 she also performed in 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 most significant honor of her career. Karla is a member of Actor's 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, with an emphasis on Classical Theatre, from Brandeis University. www.karlakash.com