After a lifetime in the Arts, surviving the highs and lows of an artistic career and working with prominent performers, theatre makers, writers and composers, I understand what it takes to achieve as an artist. I know the pitfalls and I know how artists can recover and go on to achieve their best work.
My work is grounded in the philosophy that each performer is essentially whole and capable of great work once free of inhibiting stress and fear. While each performer’s physical instrument is different, each performer has something unique to contribute to their art form.
Theatre And Writing
Karen has a long and distinguished career as a performer, writer, director, dramaturge and educator. At 17 she starred in the original Australian production of Godspell where she was reviewed by The Age for her ‘comic brilliance’. Since then she has had leading roles in film and TV and theatre, sung with Victoria State Opera, various cabarets and toured her own plays.
Karen’s first one woman show – To the Outside World – was produced at La Mama in 1991 and then invited to Anthill where it was reviewed as “World class, carried away by the actress, can’t rave enough . .” by Lyn Redgrave on ABC Radio National. Since then Karen has written, co-written, performed and directed many shows, some of which have toured Australia and internationally, these include ‘Viva la Vida, Frida Kahlo’, ‘The Girl Who Wanted to Be God’ and most recently ‘Orphanage of the Animals’ for which she was awarded the Medal of Ulm in Germany. She has written on commission and created site-specific works for the Melbourne Zoo, Shire of Melton, the Materials Recovery Facility, Banyule City Council and Bloomsday (Melbourne).
In 1997 Karen founded the first Australian undergraduate course in Script Writing for Theatre at the School of Creative Arts, VCA (later Melbourne Uni) where she lectured in Creative Writing for ten years. Karen also delivered the first course in Theatre Directing at the C.A.E. Melbourne. Among other positions, Karen has held the Chair of the National Stage Committee of the Australian Writers Guild and been appointed to various theatre committees. She has been a competition judge for the AWG and Crash Test Drama. Karen has delivered conference papers on playwriting in Dublin, Chicago and Athens and gave the Keynote Address at Swinburne University’s Creative Writing Symposium, 2012.
Karen has taught a generation of theatre makers including Angus Cerini, Lally Katz, Anna Barns, Declan Greene, and prominent artistic directors such as Jessica Rassmussen (4Larks), Emma Valente (The Rabble, PoppySeed).
Karen has trained and certified in a number of energy modalities and combines energy work with years of experience training performers and writers. This combination enables Karen to create a truly unique and effective training program that liberates the gifts of each performer or writer/composer.