Karina Bes is a passionate Director, Performer and Coach in Musical Theatre. She is currently working as the Director of Performing Arts at iStage Academy, Shanghai.

After graduating in Psychology and Criminology (Leiden University; MSc & BLaw), Karina decided to pursue a career in Musical Theatre. She graduated as Musical Theatre Performer at De Kunsthumaniora (Antwerp). Shortly after, she was accepted at the Professional School of the Arts (Utrecht) and obtained a MFA in Creative Development, specialising in Musical Theatre. She also graduated in Theatre and Education at Utrecht School of Performing Arts (BFA in Theatre, with Honours). Karina is currently studying for her Masters Degree in Vocal Pedagogy. She was selected, as one of the upcoming directors, for the 2007 Directors Lab (Lincoln Center Theater, New York), for which she received a stipendium from the VandenEnde foundation.

She is the co-founder of F*K Theater, with successful performances in The Netherlands, New York and Sydney. She is also a co-founder of The Internationalists, a worldwide director’s collective, where she directed “Lucky” (LPAC) and “Wrath” (Public Theatre). Besides directing and performing in many successful national and international performances, she is a passionate Musical Theatre coach with over 15 years of experience. Many of her students have found their ways into the professional world of (Musical) Theatre.