Karen Wiese, Executive Director

Karen Wiese is a seasoned professional with 36 years experience in business management and consulting.  She holds a bachelor’s degree in business management and an MBA in Statistics.  Karen’s first career was in hospital administration, working in various stages of business growth from start-up, to expansion, merger and sale. With a specialty in community development, Karen now applies her skills to reach Southern Arizona through the power of the performing arts.   Serving as the Arts Express Executive Director since 2008, Karen has successfully grown the organization’s market reach 12-fold, produced over 45 shows, and developed collaborative relationships with Broadway in Tucson, UApresents, Fox Tucson Theatre and others.  A Tucson resident since 1986, Karen enjoys the Southern Arizona lifestyle with her husband George and two arts-loving adult children, both involved with Arts Express, Ben and Megan.