Artist Profile

Las Vegas, Nevada

Karla Huntsman

Huntsman, Karla

Making meaning through story and theater activities has been Karla Huntsman’s life’s work. Before turning to freelance storytelling and drama specialist work, Karla spent over 25 years on the faculties of four universities teaching storytelling, drama education, public speaking, and interpersonal communication. She has provided teacher in-service training, residencies, workshops, conference presentations and performances at local, state, and national venues.

Karla works as a professional storyteller and drama specialist and performs with the Las Vegas Improvisation Players. She believes in the power of the arts to make a difference in the lives of all people—teachers, students, children, and adults in all stages and walks of life. Karla tells stories and presents theater and storytelling workshops in community settings. She also works with teachers in professional development workshops and residencies, sharing techniques in how the arts can be used to infuse life, joy, engagement, and enhanced learning into the standards and curriculum. As a storytelling performer for schools, Karla connects with curricular goals and provides learning guides for teachers. She sings, plays guitar, autoharp, washboard, and djembe (West African drum) as part of her storytelling performances, and uses puppetry with younger children.

Karla holds a B.A. in Theatre and Speech and M.A. in Theatre from Brigham Young University.

Las Vegas, NV
(702) 834-7020 Home
(702) 816-8333 Cell

Counties Served
Clark County
Preferred Groups/Populations
Schools (grades pre-K-12), colleges, families, communities and seniors
Schools, theaters, colleges, festivals, libraries, community centers
Professional Development Workshops: Teacher/Staff Training
Tools for Engaging and Effective Teaching; Teaching the Standards through the Arts; Successful Storytelling (by students, teachers, and community members); Process Drama and Literacy – A Perfect Match; Narrative Mime: The Easiest Way to Do a Play with Your Students; Enhancing Curriculum through Puppetry
Program/Residency Activity Descriptions: Schools/Communities
Fire and Light—Storytelling and Improv; So, What Can You Do With Your Voice? Tools for a more animated and expressive voice; Holistic Acting and Directing; Sensationally Successful Methods for Accessing Your Storytelling Potential; Accessing the Creative Spirit through Professional Improv Techniques