Karen Brewster serves the ETSU Department of Theatre and Dance as Chair, and is also
the faculty Costume Design and Theatre History professor. She teaches courses in Theatrical
Design, Stage Makeup, and Theatre History. Karen is an alumna of ETSU, and she considers
East Tennessee home for many reasons—perhaps the most important being that she studied
with the esteemed Daryl and Bud Frank while earning her undergraduate degree. Karen
attained her MFA in Costume Design from Michigan State University. And after working
in numerous theatre companies from Nebraska to Maine, she worked for several years
at Barter Theatre in Abingdon, Virginia as costume shop supervisor and resident costume
designer. After many years of working in professional theatre, Karen joined the faculty
at East Tennessee State University in 2000.
Karen is also an author, with a text release (July 2011) co-authored with Melissa
Shafer titled Fundamentals of Theatrical Design: A Guide to the Basics of Scenic,
Costume, and Lighting Design published by Allworth Press. Brewster and Shafer are
now working on their second book with a working title of Theatrical Genre and Style:
A Guide for Designers, Directors, and Performers, also by Allworth Press.