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Faculty Profile

Karen Kirkham

Charles A. Dana Professor of Theatre; Director, Norwich Humanities Program in England, 2019-21 (1999)

Contact Information

Montgomery House


Karen Lordi-Kirkham has extensive experience directing in both regional and academic settings. She is currently the Executive Artistic Director of Pendragon Theatre in Saranac Lake, N.Y. She has directed for the Jean Cocteau Repertory, Handcart Ensemble and Phoenix Ensemble in NYC, the Attic Theater in Los Angeles (where she received the Drama Logue’s Award for Best Director and Production). She has directed productions ranging from musicals to new plays, including the world premiere of Andre Gregory’s Bone Songs, for which she also served as the dramaturg working extensively with Gregory pre-publication of the script. Highlights include directing Julie Harris in the world premiere of Peter Dee’s Amber Patches, touring shows to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and Berlin, assisting Marshall Mason for the Broadway production of Lanford Wilson’s Redwood Curtain and assisting Jiri Zizka and being dramaturg for the Wilma Theater’s production of Stoppard’s Every Good Boy Deserves Favor with the Philadelphia orchestra. She has additional experience in dance and movement-based theater. She graduated with a MFA and DFA from the Yale School of Drama, where she was the artistic director of the Yale Summer Cabaret.


  • B.A., Rutgers University, 1989
  • M.F.A., Yale University, 1992
  • D.F.A., 1997

2019-2020 Academic Year

Spring 2020

HUMN 311 Ind Research in United Kingdom
This is an independent capstone research project designed for all-year students participating in the Dickinson Humanities Program (DHP) in England. Projects are designed by students to include both academic and experiential components; their design and proposed final product must be approved by the DHP resident director. Students are expected to seek out appropriate assistance from relevant UEA and Dickinson faculty.Students will have the option of applying to receive credit towards their major if this is approved prior to the beginning of the project, subject to the rules and procedures of the relevant department at Dickinson. This course fulfills a major requirement only where permission is granted by the appropriate department at Dickinson, as above. Prerequisite: HUMN 209 and 210. Offered spring only in the Dickinson Humanities Program in England.

HUMN 315 Topics in the Humanities
This course permits the exploration of a discipline-specific topic in the context of English culture. Topics will vary according to the discipline of the director and may include topics from the following disciplines: dramatic arts, literature, art, history, and music. This course will not fulfill a distribution requirement and will fulfill a major requirement if so directed by the department of the Dickinson Director. Prerequisite: permission of the instructor. Offered only in the Dickinson Humanities Program in England.