Karen Kopryanski comes to VCU after ten years on the faculty at The Boston Conservatory, where she taught Shakespeare, Suzuki, voice, IPA, dialects and speech in both the BFA and MFA Musical Theater programs.
In addition to voice, text, and dialect coaching more than 50 theatrical productions in Boston, including those for Huntington Theatre Company, Company One Theatre, American Repertory Theatre, Actor’s Shakespeare Project, Off the Grid, and Merrimack Repertory Theatre, Karen has taught for the Williamstown Theatre Festival, Commonwealth Shakespeare Company, Harvard University, Boston College, Brandeis University, Suffolk University, the Museum School for the Fine Arts, Teachers as Scholars, Indiana University, the Moscow Art Theatre School and the Cantiere Internazionale Teatro Giovani at the University of Bologna. As an actor, she has studied with Canada’s award-winning Old Trout Puppet Workshop, at The Shakespeare Theatre’s Classical Acting Summer Conservatory (where she played Celia in As You Like It), toured with the internationally-acclaimed Das Puppenspiel Puppet Theatre, and spent several summers with Shakespeare in Delaware Park in her hometown of Buffalo, New York.
Karen earned her MFA from the American Repertory Theatre/Moscow Art Theatre Institute for Advanced Theatre Training at Harvard University, and holds a BA in Theatre from the State University of New York at Oswego. She has completed advanced teacher trainings with SITI Company, MICHA, and Patsy Rodenburg and is a member of AEA, VASTA and an Associate Teacher of Fitzmaurice Voicework.