Clinical Skills Program
Kara Cantrell is an actor, director, theatre educator, and occasional playwright who currently serves as a program coordinator for the standardized patient program in the Clinical Skills Center where she manages events, contracts, payments, and sometimes, catering. She came to the Clinical Skills Center originally as a standardized patient, along with many other Atlanta actors. She holds a BFA and an MFA in acting from Western Kentucky University and the University of Georgia respectively. Kara has been a theatre educator for many years, teaching both private acting lessons, and acting and appreciation courses at the college level at Kennesaw State University, Georgia Perimeter College, and the University of Georgia. She is currently seeking her teaching certification with the National Michael Chekhov Association, and her thesis project will be defining and designing applications of the Michael Chekhov Technique of Acting for standardized patient portrayals, a project that will also be submitted to the 2013 conference of the Association of Standardized Patient Educators. In her spare time, a very precious commodity, she manages a small theatre company she founded in 2011. Kara lives in Atlanta with her husband, also a performing artist, a busy toddler, and a smelly hound dog named Lulu.