Karen Kangas-Preston

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Senior Academic Specialist
Head of Design and Technology; Costume Design


Karen Kangas-Preston, Senior Academic Specialist, instructor of costume design and technology, and Head of Design,  received her BFA in costume design and technology from the University of Minnesota-Duluth and her MFA in costume design from Illinois State University.  

Select costume design credits include:  Fancy, Mom’s Gift, Stick Fly, and The All Night Strut (Meadow Brook Theatre); Smell of the Kill (Williamston Theatre/Tipping Point Theatre); Decade Dance, 900 Miles to International Falls, Taking Shakespeare, Memoir, and Painted Window (Williamston Theatre); The Jack Sprat Low Fat World Tour (a Wharton Center and MSU Department of Theatre collaboration); UrineTown, Oklahoma!, Cyrano de Bergerac, The Wizard of Oz, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, and The Life (MSU Theatre); The Drunken City, Blithe Spirit, and A Day in Hollywood/A Night in the Ukraine (Summer Circle Theatre). She is a member of the United States Institute of Technical Theatre and its costume commission and the Costume Society of America.

University News

Kangas-Preston Receives Outstanding Service to Education Abroad Award
Published April 15, 2021 in College of Arts & Letters
Karen Kangas-Preston, Senior Academic Specialist and Instructor of Costume Design and Technology in the Department of Theatre, is the 2021 recipient of the MSU Award for Outstanding Service to Education Abroad presented by MSU’s International Studies and Programs.Read now »
Theatre Graduate Discovers Passion for Drama Therapy at MSU
Published May 5, 2020 in College of Arts & Letters
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Courtney Way, who is graduating this spring with a double major in Theatre and Human Development and Family Studies, believes that theatre and the arts can help individuals “deal with the…Read now »
Faculty Members to Receive All-University Awards
Published January 28, 2019 in College of Arts & Letters
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Four College of Arts & Letters faculty members will receive All-University Awards on Tuesday, February 5, during a special ceremony held at the Heritage Room of the University Club from 3:30…Read now »
2018 College of Arts & Letters Alumni Board Awards Presented
Published April 17, 2018 in College of Arts & Letters
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The College of Arts & Letters celebrated its outstanding faculty, staff, and students for their accomplishments in teaching, research, and community impact at the 2018 MSU College of Arts &…Read now »