Karla Boos founded Quantum Theatre in 1990 and serves as Artistic Director. The Company creates adventurous productions of contemporary plays from around the world or stages updated classics in innovative performance sites all over the city, and frequently makes original work. Boos often directs or acts for the company.
She recently directed Complicite’s Mnemonic, Osvaldo Golijov’s Grammy Award-winning opera Ainadamar, and Roland Schimmelpfennig’s The Golden Dragon, and appeared in Quantum’s world premiere translation of Jon Fosse’s Dream of Autumn. Her original texts for The End of the Affair (adapted from Graham Greene) and The Howling Miller (adapted from Arto Paasilinna) have been produced in recent seasons.
Quantum’s work has been featured in American Theatre Magazine and Stage Directions Magazine, and frequently earns distinction in local publications’ year-end tallies. Boos has won awards locally, including a Pittsburgh Cultural Trust Creative Achievement Award, Pittsburgh Magazine Harry Schwalb Excellence in the Arts Award, and a University of Pittsburgh Freddy Award. She is a past Women and Girls Foundation “Women in the Material World” designee and a New Hazlett honoree for “Women in the Arts: Founders, Pioneers, Instigators.” She is a member of the International Women’s Forum and the National Theatre Conference.