Karla Marcano Miranda
Drama and Theater Arts Teacher for Middle School (7-10th grades), Pathways Program, and Upper School (11-12th grades)
Drama and Theater Arts Education at Universidad de Puerto Rico, Río Piedras Campus
Before becoming a teacher, Karla was an actress. In fact, she has been acting since high school. When she was 16, she was hired to act in an experimental parody of La Casa de Bernarda Alba, the classic play by Federico García Lorca. She loved performing, but teaching became a way to make ends meet. That’s when she found her other passion and a new audience: teaching students. “When I saw the little lights shining in students’ eyes as they found out just how creative they can be, I fell in love with their expressions so much that I decided it was better than acting.”
She had friends who worked at Robinson School and heard them talking about “IB,” a new international and interdisciplinary framework for learning and teaching. She decided that she wanted to learn more about IB and practice it by teaching here at Robinson. She quickly applied and got the job. February (2017) marks her 3rd year teaching at Robinson School. She believes that Robinson works hard to create bold, inquisitive and well-rounded students. “We are committed to providing students with every type of preparation they will need in life: intellectual, academic, artistic, physical and spiritual.”
Marcano is proud to teach during this pivotal time for the Art Department. She has a new Drama and Theater Arts classroom, complete with an area for theatrical makeup and a workshop for designing and constructing scenography. She has been actively involved in multiple projects. Last year, she worked on the Interactive Museum Exhibit with the Spanish Department. She prepared students to participate in the short film competition, “Ponte los Cortos“. Recently, she offered students and staff a workshop on making vejigante masks for this year’s Noche Puertorriqueña (Puerto Rican Culture Night). She also taught students about the folkloric traditions and cultural role that vejigantes play in Puerto Rican culture.
Karla has two sons. Her older son is a musician and her youngest is an actor, both following in their mother’s footsteps. She enjoys doing community service with her sons by visiting different animal shelters and helping out however they can. Another one of her passions is cinema, and one of her favorite pastimes is studying, watching and discussing films with her family.