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Kara Wooten , PhD

  • Assistant Professor , English Department
  • College of Arts and Sciences

Kara Wooten's credits include academic pursuits, as well as professional theater, television and film work. She is a senior fight director with The Society of Canadian Fight Directors and a senior instructor of the Academy of Dramatic Combat. Kara is the author of "Acted Aggression," a manual of stage combat techniques for instructors and actors. Directing credits include "A Midsummer Night’s Dream," "Life and How to Avoid It" (Winner of the Toronto Fringe Festival Patron's Pick Award), "The Rocky Horror Show," "A Christmas Carol," "Fool For Love" and "Impromptu." Selected fight directing credits include: "Cyrano De Bergerac," "The Rover," "Hamlet," "The Three Musketeers," "Guys and Dolls," "The Five Vengeances," and "The Mystery of Edwin Drood."  Selected film and television stunt credits include "The Waking," "Baxter," "Aaron Stone," "The Mad," "Heart Stopper," "Fall to their Knees," "Mutant X," "The Dresden Files," "Planet Storm," "Zombie Nights," and "Good Morning Tomorrow." She has also assisted and worked extensively with fight director and stunt coordinator John Stead at The Stratford Festival of Canada; Shakespeare Works; Geva Theatre; Opera Ontario, and Soulpepper Theatre. She is the first female to be certified as a Fight Director/Stage Combat Instructor in Canada, and currently serves as president of the Academy of Dramatic Combat. Teaching credits include Playmakers Repertory Theatre; Equity Showcase; Humber College; Ryerson University; Fanshawe College; University of Kentucky, USA; Lees-McRae College, USA and Texas Tech University, USA. She also is a full member ACTRA and Canadian Actors Equity(CAEA).


  • PhD  - Acting/Directing and Theatre History/Criticism; Texas Tech University
  • M.A.  - Directing and Technical Theatre; University of Kentucky
  • B.A.  - English/Drama and Studio Art; Queens University of Charlotte
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