Department of Performing Arts
Karl Kippola holds a BA in Drama (University of Montana), an MFA in Acting (Wayne State University), and a PhD in Theatre (University of Maryland). As an actor, director, choreographer, adapter, and dialect coach, Kippola has been involved in well over a hundred productions throughout the country. Locally, he has worked with Everyman Theatre, Rep Stage, Olney Theatre, Baltimore Shakespeare, Virginia Shakespeare, Bay Theatre, Imagination Stage, Metro Stage, Round House, Center Company, Firebelly, Ford's Theatre, and the Shakespeare Theatre. In his ninth year at American University, he has directed Kiss Me, Kate; Of Thee I Sing; The Mystery of Edwin Drood; Hamlet; Urinetown; The Country Wife; Tartuffe; Oklahoma; and Company. He has delivered papers at several conferences and has published articles in the Journal of American Drama and Theatre, Theatre Symposium, Theatre Journal, Theatre Survey, and Theatre History Studies. His research focuses on nineteenth-century American theatre. His book, Acts of Manhood: The Performance of Masculinity on the American Stage, 1828-1865, will be published by Palgrave Macmillan in 2012.
PhD, Theatre Performance Studies, University of Maryland
MFA, Acting, Wayne State University
BA, Drama, University of Montana
Associate of Arts, Olympic College
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