Karen Shepherd Canty (Executive Assistant to the CEO)

Contact: karen@newballet.org

Phone: 901.726.9225 Ext. 111

In addition to her duties as Executive Assistant to the CEO, Karen also works as our Stage Manager for performances! Karen’s love for the performing arts began when she played Nancy in a middle school production of Oliver! At The College of William & Mary, she focused on lighting design and technical theater. After college she worked in various capacities for regional theaters before discovering a passion for stage management. Karen worked for theatres including Playwrights’ Horizons, CenterStage, Berkeley Rep, Long Wharf Theatre, New York City Opera, and Wolf Trap Opera. Karen and her husband Ned moved to Memphis in 2011 when he was hired as General Director of Opera Memphis. They share their home with 3 rescue mutts named PJ, Shorty, and Fiona. Karen has been stage managing Nut ReMix for the past 7 years. She greatly admires New Ballet Ensemble’s mission, and is excited to be a full-time part of the team!