Outgoing General Manager

Karen Brown Fournell

Karen Brown Fournell is a 21-year veteran of arts administration, supporting RFT’s growth from one show a week to the multi-pronged, $1 million company that it is today.

Her current focus is succession, mentoring the next generation of RFT leaders before stepping back to focus on RFT capital projects. Maintaining focus for a group of 60+ young improvisors is a lot like herding cats, but Karen has strived to be the “yes, let’s support” more often than the “aw, hell no.” As President of the iTi (International Theatresports Institute) for the past seven years, she has worked to strengthen the service model, increase education opportunities and boost the network that is the global improv community. She fully embraces the improv tenet to make the other guy look good.