As Education Director for the Festival, Kara has created numerous new programs including Shakespeare Unbound, a three-week all girl summer camp in the urban core. She also piloted the festival’s first residency at a local homeless shelter, reStart, and co-directed, Shakespeare To Go, a touring collection of greatest hits from Shakespeare’s canon. Kara has also held freelance teaching artist positions with the Coterie Theatre, Academy of the Arts, St. Peter’s School and was an Education Associate for Kansas City Repertory Theatre Education and Community Outreach Department. While working for the Kansas City Rep, Kara taught an after school program at DeLaSalle Detention School and a three-week residency at Hilltop Juvenile Detention Center. Kara was also the co-founder, producer and director for her own theatre company, Princess Squid Productions for whom she directed several new works. Kara earned her M.A. in Theatre at the University of Missouri Kansas City, and was an adjunct professor of Theatre Arts at Benedictine College.