Karla is the Drama and Theater Arts Teacher for Middle School (7-10th grades), Pathways Program, and Upper School (11-12th grades). She has a degree in Drama and Theater Arts Education from 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 classical 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. 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“. Last year, she directed the renowned musical In the Heights which was presented in the Emilio S. Belaval theater at Universidad Sagrado Corazón. Karla recently presented with the YTT “Midnight Summer Night’s Dream” and will be presenting the theatrical musical “Clue” next semester.
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.