Karla Kash

Director & Associate Professor of Theatre
M.F.A., Brandeis University
B.F.A., Wright State University

Karla Kash is an Associate Professor/Director of the Theatre. Karla is honored to be amongst the talented team at Heidelberg University. Professor Kash has taught full-time at the collegiate level at Iowa State University, Drake University, University at Albany (SUNY), and Saginaw Valley State University. Professor Kash spent a decade as the head of the BFA Musical Theatre Program at Drake University, where she was a tenured Associate Professor. Professor Kash directed, choreographed, and fight-directed many productions at Drake.

Ms. Kash is a professional actor, director, choreographer, fight director, and theatre educator. Karla played Barbara in August: Osage County, a joint production between Repertory Theatre of Iowa and StageWest. Ms. Kash played Susan in the musical [title of show]; Becca in Rabbit Hole and Haley in the one-woman show Bad Dates for StageWest. For Des Moines Onstage, she played Diane in Next to Normal. Karla’s favorite she played is Josie in O’Neill’s A Moon for the Misbegotten.

Ms. Kash has performed, directed, choreographed, and fight directed professionally in China, Italy, New York, California, Arizona, Michigan, Illinois, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Ohio, Iowa, and South Dakota. The theatre companies Karla has worked with are North Coast Rep, Old Globe Theatre San Diego, La Jolla Playhouse, Coronado Playhouse, Woman’s Repertory Theatre, Isadora Productions, New London Barn Playhouse, Atlantic Theatre Company, Des Moines Playhouse, the Stephen Sondheim Center. Diversionary Theatre, Black Box Theatre, Fritz Theatre, Renaissance Theatre Company, Black Hills Playhouse, Tent Theatre, Pyramid Theatre Company, Iowa State, Repertory Theatre of Iowa, StageWest Theatre Company, and Des Moines Onstage. Ms. Kash was the recipient of the 2014 Madelyn Levitt Mentor of the year award at Drake University, which she credits as the most significant honor of her career. Karla is a member of the Actor's Equity Association, the Society of Stage Directors and Choreographers, and The Society of American Fight Directors through which she has been certified in six weapons.

Professor Kash earned her BFA in Acting with an emphasis in Dance, Directing, and Musical Theatre from Wright State University and her MFA in Acting with an emphasis on Classical Theatre and Movement from Brandeis University.


Acting, Movement, Stage Combat, Dance, Musical Theatre

Karla Kash CV

Karla Kash
Karla Kash
Heidelberg University
kkash [at] heidelberg.edu