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…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 »