Karen Chappelle, President and CEO of Casablanca Consultants
Since returning to Detroit, Chappelle has served as CEO, Arts Management Consultant, and Producing Artistic Director for Casablanca Consultants, a Detroit-based arts management firm she founded in 2016 which produces events and programs that empower the artistic community in the city.
“I love collaborating with the artists in Detroit on so many levels,” said Chappelle. “I love working with the arts leaders, all of whom are excited about what’s happening in Detroit, and dedicated to making Detroit a world-class city and destination. I’m very excited to be a part of what’s happening with the arts in my hometown.”
After gaining inspiration from her education, and passion, Chappelle decided to collaborate with community leaders to create the Detroit Heritage Theatre Festival. This festival, with its inaugural year in 2018, provides a space for local playwrights to write about Detroit-centered stories and practice their writing and performing skills. By partnering with schools in the area, the festival also provides a unique and engaging learning opportunity for students. Chappelle finds inspiration in the work of Dominique Morisseau, an Obie Award-winning playwright and hopes to grow the festival and continuing to inspire other through the arts.