Karen L. Farber


Karen Farber is Executive Director of the University of Houston Cynthia Woods Mitchell Center for the Arts, where she oversees all aspects of the center’s artistic, scholarly, and administrative operations. Farber’s 16 year career in arts administration has included positions at organizations throughout the U.S. including Houston Grand Opera (TX), Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival (MA), the 92nd Street Y (NY), and International Production Associates (NY). She was a 2002-3 Fellow in the DeVos Center for Arts Management at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C., and currently serves on several advisory boards including The Catastrophic Theatre, Houston Cinema Arts Society, and the Midtown Arts and Theater Center Houston (MATCH). She has been a member of many other boards and committees for organizations including Fresh Arts, Discovery Green Park, Buffalo Bayou Partnership, and Houston Arts Alliance. Her service to the University of Houston includes membership on the System Wide Art Acquisition Committee, the Honors College Society of Fellows, and the Bauer College Business mentorship program of the National Association of Women MBAs. She has been a consultant for Creative Capital Foundation and has served on grant panels for organizations including the MAP Fund and the City of Austin Cultural Arts Division. Farber is a graduate of New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts with an M.A. in Performance Studies and a B.F.A. in Experimental Theater.


Pia Agrawal


Pia Agrawal joined the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Center for the Arts as Program Director in August 2014 where she ensures the success of the center’s public programming including the Mitchell Artist Lecture, the annual CounterCurrent Festival, and activities relating to the Mitchell Center Artists-in-Residence program. Prior to her work at the Mitchell Center, she served as the Managing Director of the Rude Mechs (Austin, TX) and as Programming Director of FringeArts (Philadelphia, PA). She has also freelanced as an event planner for nonprofits including the Austin Film Society and the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. On top of her full-time pursuits, Ms. Agrawal works with young, independent theater and dance artists on fundraising, tour management and publicity. She has served on grant panels for organizations including the the City of Austin Cultural Arts Division (2014), Fusebox Festival (2013), the MAP Fund (2013) and the Philadelphia Cultural Fund (2010). Ms. Agrawal is a graduate of Haverford College with a B.A. in sociology and economics.


Lanna M. Morris


Lanna M. Morris serves as the Administrative Coordinator for the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Center for the Arts. In this capacity, Lanna is the go to person for the day to day operations of the office, maintaining contracts, payments and keeping track of the Center’s finances. Having worked in the arts as a child and in her youth, she is eager and excited to be working in the arts again. She has previously worked with University of Houston’s Department of Mathematics, Hilton College, and School of Pharmacy. Lanna holds a B.S. from Lamar University, where she studied Family Studies. She also holds a Doctorate in Chiropractic and a B.S. in Biology from Texas Chiropractic College.