Barbara Karger was born and raised in Vienna, Austria and received her MFA in Physical Theater at the renowned Folkwang Hochschule in Essen, Germany. She was a founding member of the theater company, Antagon, which toured throughout Europe. As a performer she has worked with various companies including a world tour with the Swiss Mask Theater Troupe “Mummenschanz.” Since the early 90’s she has been directing productions both in the United States and abroad. She has also taught at numerous theater schools and professional theaters around Europe and in the United States, including NYU, The New School and Cooper Union.
In her teaching Barbara focuses on creating a supportive work atmosphere in the studio that allows students to discover and develop their own creativity. They gain access to the self-awareness that is needed for the creative process and learn to integrate the myriad tools of theater training. Taking the theories and traditions that constitute the basis of work in theater they then can apply them to their own work in the future.