Karen is an actor, mover, theatre maker and a 2017 graduate of the acting course at Adelaide College of the Arts. Last year she spent two months in Viborg, Denmark, developing her own audience-immersive work with Benoit Gasnier, artistic director of Théâtre à l’ envers, for Danish theatre company Carte Blanche’s, Pop-Up Kulturhus, during the 2017 Culture Capital Festival.
She returned to Adelaide to play Atlanta, in Joanna Murray Smith’s Atlanta, at the Bakehouse Theatre, for which she was recognised among some of South Australia’s most respected artists, being shortlisted in two Critic’s Circle professional award categories; Emerging Artist of the Year Award and the Individual Artist Award.
In January she trained at Brisbane physical theatre company Zen Zen Zo, specialising in Lecoq Physical Theatre (Clown), The Viewpoints, Butoh Dance Theatre and The Suzuki Method of Actor Training. She has been invited to train and perform with internationally acclaimed, Japanese Butoh Dance company Dairakudakan, based near Tokyo, in late July/early August of 2018.
She joins Sarah John of Carte Blanche and Emma Beech of Vitalstatistix in a world premiere of The Institute of Invisible Things, for the 2018 Adelaide Fringe Festival.
She writes and continues to develop the work she discovered in Denmark, with a view to reimagine and revamp it for Australian audiences.
Karen is a performer for The Equity Foundation’s Storyville program, reading on a weekly basis to primary school-aged children. She has led a sensorial theatre workshop for the current third year students at Adelaide College of the Arts, and has a strong background in Ballroom, Latin, Swing and Blues dancing, which she taught in a Brighton studio, in her pre-acting school days.