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KWU’s assistant professor of Theatre and Dance, Karen Babcock Brassea, comes from New Jersey with her husband, Billy, a former professional dancer. She will be instrumental in teaching and coordinating the Music Theatre degree, in partnership with Salina Community Theatre. She brings years of performing experience, including shows on Broadway, national tours and regional stage productions. Her skills include stage direction, choreography and stage combat basics. She holds a B.F.A. in Drama (Musical Theatre performance) Cum Laude from Carnegie-Mellon University, Pittsburg, PA, and M.F.A. in Directing from Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ.