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Karen Libman wins national award

Karen Libman

Karen Libman, associate professor in the School of Communications at Grand Valley State University, was honored with the 2008 Lin Wright Special Recognition Award from the American Alliance for Theatre and Education at the annual conference in Atlanta, Ga.

AATE is the preeminent national organization for theatre educators. The Wright award honors people who have established special programs, developed experimental work, made a distinctive educational contribution or provided meritorious service furthering theatre and drama for young people.

Libman was honored for her work at Grand Valley in developing and implementing Bard to Go, the highly successful touring and outreach arm of the Grand Valley Shakespeare Festival.

Each October BTG tours a number of Michigan secondary schools, and has played to more than 8,000 students. In 2005 Libman added an international component with performances in Kingston, Jamaica as a guest of Edna Manley College. In 2008 she led an artistic and cultural 10-day tour to Shanghai, China, with performances at East China Normal University, a Grand Valley partner institution.

“I am particularly pleased that Bard to Go is being recognized nationally for its innovation and impact, and I’m grateful that Grand Valley has supported me as I develop ideas for our community,” said Libman. “I was also very honored that Lin Wright, a pioneer in the field of child drama after whom the award is named, was at the ceremony.”

by Mary Isca Pirkola

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