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Karen Carpenter is a stage director and producer of plays, musicals, opera, and events, ranging from the most intimate to the spectacular. She is especially sought out by writers to help hone their new work to its best effect.
Karen believes in the power of building productions through close collaboration with the writer, composer, and designers. She leads the room and her companies with passion, focus, encouragement, high standards, and a great sense of humor.
New Works for Theater
Karen is known for directing premieres of new plays and musicals, and her dramaturgical contributions to them. She has a particular knack for comedy and non-linear works. Her smash hit, Love, Loss, and What I Wore, by Nora Ephron & Delia Ephron, receipient of the Drama Desk Award for Best Unique Theatrical Experience and Broadway World Audience Favorite. The show recouped in 12 weeks, played a record 3 years in NYC, and is now enjoyed worldwide.
Deemed a provocateur and impresario by the press for conceiving Indianapolis Symphony's Your Concert Your Way series. Karen staged and scripted their "Frankenstein!!!" & "Riot of Spring" concerts starring Roger Rees, artists Andre Miripolsky & Michael Arthur; Karen received critical acclaim for these ground-breaking works. Tickets were in such demand for her concerts, that they were standing room only for the first time ever in this symphony's history.
Through her company, The Figment Factory, Karen directs large-scale events for non-profits and corporate entities, from branding to conception to fully realized productions. She was show director for Playhouse Square's reveal of the largest outdoor chandelier in the world, creative director for the U.N./W.H.O.'s Deliver Now for Women and Children global campaign launch, and the national campaign for the millionwomensheartproject.com, and production coordinator for President Clinton's inaugural and subsequent Clinton Global Initiatives.
Brave New World for off-Broadway, Book by Ben Aldron, Lyrics by Bill Russell, Composers John McDaniels & Jonnie Rockwell
Guinevere by Susan Cinoman
Chasing the River by Jean Geibel
The Split by Frank Strausser
Anthony Skordi as Onassis, Off-Broadway, J. Todd Harris, producer