Karon CogdillDirector of the Theatre Conservatory
Karon L. Cogdill joined the faculty at Booker T. Washington in 1976. She currently teaches Beginning Acting, Improv Acting, Monologue Study, Speech/Portfolio, Comedy and is Co-Director of the Mime Troupe, but has taught playwriting and costume construction as well. She has a BA in Theatre from the State University of New York at Fredonia, which included a year of study at Manchester Polytechnic School of Theatre in Manchester, England. During that time she was a member of the Stables Theater Company and performed in seven different productions. She has an MFA from Trinity University through the Dallas Theater Center. While in graduate school, she began working at Booker T. Washington. She directed the BTWHSPVA Improv Troupe which was awarded an Emmy with KERA, Channel 13. In 2001 she was a Surdna Fellow and studied Mask Making and Mask Performing with Bruce Marrs at the Dell Arte International School of Physical Theatre and Mask Making with professional mask maker and artist Juanita Wolf in Santa Fe, New Mexico. She was named Teacher of the Year in 2002-2003. In 2008, she became Coordinator of the Theatre Cluster. She is on the Executive Board of the Rotunda Theater and serves as an actor and director with that theater.