St. Olaf alum Karen Marsalek did her graduate work at Oxford and the University of Toronto. Within her field of early English literature, her passion is the study and performance of medieval and Renaissance drama; she’s directed and performed in medieval plays at the University of Toronto, studied Shakespeare’s stagecraft at the Globe Theater in London, and has been the dramaturg for productions at the Guthrie Theater and at St. Olaf. She teaches classes in early English literature, in drama, and in linguistics, as well as the off-campus Interim “Theater in London.” She has also had the great pleasure of teaching in two cohorts of the Great Conversation Program.
Karen’s current scholarly projects include editions of two sixteenth-century plays, and an article about corpses and ghosts onstage. She has co-edited a book of essays on early English drama, and has published articles on stagings of resurrections, Antichrist, and the divorce trial of Henry VIII. At home, she loves to cook, garden, and haunt thrift shops, and tries hard to keep up with her two young sons.