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Karen Farber is Executive Director of the University of Houston Cynthia Woods Mitchell Center for the Arts, a program dedicated to the development and presentation of interdisciplinary art projects. Farber’s 14 year career in arts administration has included positions at organizations throughout the United States including Houston Grand Opera (TX), Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival (MA), the 92nd Street Y (NY), and International Production Associates (NY). From 2002-2003, she was a Fellow in the DeVos Center for Arts Management at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C., under the leadership of Michael M. Kaiser.

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. She serves on the boards of the Fresh Arts Coalition and The Catastrophic Theatre, as well as the Advisory Board of Houston Cinema Arts Society, the Programming Committee of Discovery Green Park, the Public Art Committee of the Buffalo Bayou Partnership, and the Programs and Services Committee of the Houston Arts Alliance. She is also a member of the University of Houston 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 served on numerous grant and award panels for organizations including the MAP Fund and the City of Austin Cultural Arts Division.