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Senior Academic Specialist
Costume Design
Head of Design and Technology


Karen Kangas-Preston, Senior Academic Specialist, instructor of costume design and technology, and Head of Design,  received her BFA in costume design and technology from the University of Minnesota-Duluth and her MFA in costume design from Illinois State University.  

Select costume design credits include:  Fancy, Mom’s Gift, Stick Fly, and The All Night Strut (Meadow Brook Theatre); Smell of the Kill (Williamston Theatre/Tipping Point Theatre); Decade Dance, 900 Miles to International Falls, Taking Shakespeare, Memoir, and Painted Window (Williamston Theatre); The Jack Sprat Low Fat World Tour (a Wharton Center and MSU Department of Theatre collaboration); UrineTown, Oklahoma!, Cyrano de Bergerac, The Wizard of Oz, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, and The Life (MSU Theatre); The Drunken City, Blithe Spirit, and A Day in Hollywood/A Night in the Ukraine (Summer Circle Theatre). She is a member of the United States Institute of Technical Theatre and its costume commission and the Costume Society of America.