Karin Coonrod (Enrico IV) previously directed The Idiots Karamazov at the American Repertory Theater. She adapted and directed Henry VI, Parts 1 and 2, at the New York Shakespeare Festival/Public Theater, where she also directed a workshop production of Moilère's The Imaginary Invalid in 1996. She is the founding director of Off-Broadway's Arden Party and director of more than twenty Arden Party productions, including Christmas at the Ivanovs (a co-production with CSC); Lear (Ohio Theatre); Love's Labour's Lost; Dangerous Clowns (NADA); Waiting for Godot; Ubu Roi; Antigone; The Beggar's Opera; Romeo and Juliet; The Threepenny Opera; The Chairs (Count Basie Theatre); The Importance of Being Earnest; and Victor or Children Take Over (for which she received Encore's Outstanding Director Award).
Ms. Coonrod has also been a guest director for numerous New York University productions, including Brecht's A Respectable Wedding and Lear. She directed a workshop of Naomi Iizuka's award-winning play Polaroid Stories for En Garde Arts in New York. She also directed two of Chiori Miyagawa's plays, Nothing Forever and Yesterday's Window, for New York Theatre Workshop. Currently, she is collaborating with playwright Nilo Cruz on a new translation/adaptation of Lorca's The House of Bernarda Alba and also recently returned from working on a project based on the writings of Flannery O'Connor for the University of Iowa. She is currently preparing a production of King John for Theatre for a New Audience.
A 1995/1996 artist-in-residence at the Public Theater, Ms. Coonrod received her BA in English from Gordon College and an MFA in directing from Columbia University. She has also studied French at the Université de Grenble, did post-graduate work in medieval literature and language at Durham University in England, and has an acting certificate from British Theatre Institute in Cheltenham, England.