Department Chair & Professor
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.