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.