Karen Kay Husted
P.O. 3535 Douglas, AZ 85608
Phone/FAX 520 – 558-2346

Arts for “Border” Children, Founding Director
Assessment     Curriculum     Teacher Training     Teaching Artist Training


M.A. University of Kansas: 1973 – Master of Theatre & Drama Degree with an emphasis in Children’s Theatre
Thesis Topic: A History of The Tucson Children’s Theatre and Its Impact to Educational Theatre in the Community.

B.A. University of Arizona: 1964 – With Distinction; Bachelor of Education Degree in Drama and Speech Education


•   Community College Certificate in Speech & Drama (# 12286) – Valid for life; Issued by Arizona State Board of Directors for Community Colleges
•   Standard Secondary Certificate in Speech & Drama (#517-46-0794) – K – 8 Endorsement Drama; Issued by Arizona Department of Education

Professional Experience:

•   Founded Arts for “Border” Children: facilitating arts learning and arts integration for students from diverse populations by providing funding, coalition building, and professional development to teachers and teaching artists – see more at — 2006 to Present.
•   Technical Assistance Provider for Arizona Superintendent Horne’s Arts Initiative. Contracted professional development to the following schools: Ajo Schools, Carl Hayden High School, Double Adobe Elementary, Ft. Thomas Elementary, Littleton Elementary, Maryvale High School, McNeal Elementary, Metro Tech High School, North High School, Pearce Elementary, South Mountain High School, Tsaile Elementary, and Winslow High School — 2004 – 2006.
•   Consultant to New York States K – 12 Drama & Theatre Resource Guide — 2003 – 2004.
•   The University of Phoenix: Adjunct Professor of Education in B. A. and M. A. programs; Teaching classes in Arts Integration, Teacher Portfolio, Introduction to Teaching, Methods of Teaching, Student Teaching, Supervision of Student Teaching — 1995 – 2005.
•   Jaguar Conservation Team: Interdisciplinary Education Consultant/Designer & Lead Writer (Sponsored by Arizona Fish & Game) — 1997 – 2003.
•   New York State Education Department (Goal 2000 – New York State Arts Assessment Project). National Theatre Consultant to the project to develop a statewide assessment in the arts — 1998 – 2002.
•   Educational Theatre Association: Professional Development Institute Designer and Instructor/Facilitator for the assessment, curriculum design and interdisciplinary seminars. Each seminar scheduled in 3 – 4 locations throughout the U. S. — 1997 – 2000.
•   Tucson Pima Arts Council: Consultant in Professional Development of K – 6 teachers to assist in the integration of drama into their classroom curriculum. Designed the Professional Development and facilitated it in Title I classrooms in Tucson, AZ — 1995 – 1999.
•   The University Of Arizona: Chair of Theatre Education and Adviser to all undergraduate and graduate students, teaching all theatre education methods classes, supervision of theatre education student teachers/interns and supervisor of theatre education thesis. Established a performance-based entrance review for admission to the program and a program culmination assessment portfolio review for theatre education majors in both undergraduate and graduate programs. Served on many department and campus wide committees. Updated the theatre education curriculum. Chaired the update and revision of all undergraduate degrees in the Theatre Arts Department. Was nominated every year for an outstanding teaching award within the college of Fine Arts, and a director for main stage productions. Collaborated with Extended University to establish a summer enrichment program (SEEK) in the Fine Arts for grades K – 8 — 1990 – 1995.
•   Utterback Performing & Visual Arts Middle School Magnet (Tucson, AZ): developed and taught two classes in language arts using the arts as instructional strategies, with performance-based assessment to accommodate students from a diverse population — 1992 – 1993.
•   Pima Community College (Tucson, AZ): Award winning forensic coach, public speaking, business communications, oral Interpretation of literature, acting, and play director on as needed basis — 1973 – 1991.
•   Tucson High (AZ) Magnet School for The Visual & Performing Arts: Fine Arts Coordinator and Artistic Director. Developed magnet curriculum and assessment for the program. The number of students and staff doubled in two years. Developed scope and sequence of curriculum with entrance and exit skills for each course. An audition and portfolio criteria and process was established. Helped develop and administer Magnet School Grant — 1986 – 1990.
•   Santa Rita High School (Tucson, AZ): Teacher of theatre arts, speech, Fine Arts Department Chair and co – team
leader for Outreach (Substance Abuse Team). In competitions for speech and theatre extra-curricular activities, the program was consistently in the top four in the State of AZ — 1969 – 1985.
•   Safford Junior High School (Tucson, AZ): Drama, dance and speech teacher in a primarily minority population with a large number of Spanish speaking students — 1968 – 1969.
•   University of Kansas (Lawrence, KS): Graduate Teaching Assistant in Theatre and Communications Department — 1967 – 1968.
•   Catalina High School (Tucson, AZ): Drama teacher and assistant speech coach — 1964 – 1967.

Workshops (large scale sessions only):

•   NATIONAL CHAIR: The American Alliance for Theatre & Education, and The Educational Theatre Association. “Theatre in our Schools Month”: Developed numerous state and national advocacy workshops and an advocacy planning guide that theatre teachers are currently using — 1992-1998.
•   Representative and Panelist on the Educational Theatre Summit: Sponsored by Association for Theatre in Higher Education and by the Educational Theatre Association in San Antonio, Toronto, and Chicago — 1998
•  “Defining Theatre Education Pedagogy” EdTA National Conference San Diego, CA — 1998.
•  “Performance Based Assessment Strategies for Theatre Teachers” at the Arizona Theatre Alliance Conference, in Phoenix, AZ — August, 1998.
•  “The Eight Strategies for Teacher Portfolio Development” at the National Conference of American Alliance for Theatre in Education (AATE) and the Educational Theatre Associations (EdTA), Chicago, IL — 1999.
•  “Training Theatre Teachers for the New Century” at the National Conference of American Alliance for Theatre in Education (AATE) and the Educational Theatre Associations (EdTA) Presenter and Panelist Chicago, IL — 1999.
•   Represented the Educational Theatre Association (EdTA) on the Alliance for Curriculum Reform Panel and Workshop at the National Study of School Evaluation (NSSE) conference, Chicago, IL — June, 2000.
•  “Curriculum Mapping: A planning and rehearsal scheduling tool” and “Performance Assessment in Theatre Education, an Update” National Conference of Educational Theater Association (EdTA), Washington D. C. — August, 2000.
•  “Interdisciplinary Methods for the Arts” and “Designing a Dynamic Magnet Arts Program” Capitol City BOCES – Albany, New York — 2001.
•  “Turning Myth into Reality: What Arts Education Does/Can Do” presented by The Arizona Arts Education Research Institute, Arizona Commission on the Arts and State Universities, Tucson, AZ — 2001.
•  “Assessing the Arts Authentically: Statewide Performance Assessment in Dance, Music, Theatre and Visual Arts” The 31st Annual Conference on Large-Scale Assessment” 2001 An Assessment Odyssey presented by Council of Chief State School Officers, Houston, TX — 2001.
•   Smile Conference: Cochise County Schools Sierra Vista, Arizona. Presented 2 sessions: Fundamentals of “Creative Drama a Learning Tool in the Classroom” and “The Road Map To Performance Based Assessment” — 2004.
•   Mega Conference Presentations regarding the structure and assessment process used for the Southeastern Arizona Arts in Academics Project (SAAA) facilitated and designed by Arts for “Border” Children — 2010 and 2009.

Published Material:

Teaching Theatre (a publication of the Educational Theatre Association) includes:

•   “Portfolio: A reliable way to assess your students “ — Winter 1998
•   “Toward a Theatre Pedagogy: What do you know and how do you teach it?” — Spring 1998
•   “Permanent Record: A compelling case for teacher portfolios.” — Summer 1998
•   “Testing the Real Thing: Show me what you can do.” — Summer 1999
•   “Curriculum Mapping: A tool to help you track what you teach.” — Winter 2000

Published by the Arizona Fish and Game:
•   “What’s the big deal about the jaguar?” (Lead Writer for an Interdisciplinary Teaching Unit) — 2002
•   “What’s the big deal about the jaguar?” (Spanish Translation to be used in schools in Mexico) — 2003

Awards and Honors (most recent):

•   Received The Outstanding Teaching Award — 1995; From The College of Fine Arts and the Theatre Arts Department ($500 honorarium).

•   Inducted Into The Educational Theatre Hall Of Fame — 1994; For a Life Time Commitment and Leadership in Theatre Education.

•   Awarded the University Theatre Educator — By The Arizona Theatre Education Association — 1992; For Contribution and Leadership to the Theatre Education in the State of Arizona.

Professional Associations:

•   Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development
•   American Alliance for Theatre and Education (Founding Member)
•   Educational Theatre Association
•   Association for Theatre in Higher Education
•   Arizona Theatre Educator’s Association (Founding Member, Past President, and Chairperson of the State Drama/Theatre K – 12 Curriculum)
•   Arizona Alliance for Arts Education
•   Arizonan’s for Cultural Development
•   Past State Director of the International Thespian Society

Selected Organizations for Consulting Services:

•   Arizona Department of Education
•   New York State Alliance for Arts Education
•   Arizona Theatre Education Association (ATA)
•   New York State Capitol Region BOCES
•   Arizona Fish & Game
•   Tucson Pima Arts Council