KAREN CARPENTER

PRODUCER

 

PRODUCING ARTISTIC DIRECTOR

Inge Center for the Arts and the William Inge Theater Festival, Independence, KS

Karen lead the Inge Center for three years, after serving on the Festival board and directing lifetime achievement tributes for previous Inge Festivals for Arthur Kopit, David Henry Hwang, Donald Margulies, and the 100th birthday tribute to William Inge. Among her initiatives there: the addition of the New Play Lab, which gave over 70 new works and hundreds of artists their first exposure to Festival audiences; live-streaming of the Honoree's interview and peer panels through Howlround; partnerships with the Living Room and Kokopelli Theatres of Kansas City, to involve local artists of the region; partnerships with KCAIC and Kansas Health to secure and grow the Playwright Discovery Program for severely emotionally disturbed children; partnerships with the Kennedy Center and the Dramatists Guild to benefit the Playwright Residencies and Writers Write Here, Collegiate and High School 24 Hour Plays; and a new, intensive, two-year multi-disciplinary Theater curriculum for Independence Community College.

ASSOCIATE ARTISTIC DIRECTOR

The Old Globe Theater, San Diego, CA

Artistic producer of over 40 plays and musicals, developed financial model and revived the summer Shakespeare Festival, expanded Playwright Discovery Project across the Mexican border, programmed an annual production of La Pastorela, rebranded the Carter Theater for premieres of contemporary fare, initiated hiring of local directors and designers. Representative sampling:

  Compleat Female Stage Beauty by Jeffrey Hatcher, (Premiere), Mark Lamos, director

  Don Juan*, adapted and directed by Stephen Wadsworth

  Resurrection Blues* by Arthur Miller, Mark Lamos, director

  The Intelligent Design of Jenny Chow* by Rolin Jones, Kirsten Brandt, director

  Oldest Living Confederate Widow Tells All, adapted by Martin Tahse, (Premiere), with Ellen Burstyn, Don Scardino, director,        

  Knowing Cairo by Andrea Stolowitz, (Premiere), Seret Scott, director

  Pentecost* by David Edgar, Mark Lamos, director

  Striking 12* (West Coast Premiere) by GrooveLily, Ted Sperling, director

  Imaginary Friends* by Nora Ephron, music Marvin Hamlisch, (Premiere), with Swoosie Kurtz & Cherry Jones, Jack O'Brien, director

  The Boswell Sisters* by Stuart Ross and Mark Hamilton, (Premiere), Stuart Ross, director

EVENTS PRODUCTION

Dazzle the District, Playhouse Square, Cleveland.  Outdoor spectacle featuring a cast of 365 local performers,

including 2 marching bands, 4 choirs, 60 ballet, tap and break dancers, pyrotechnics and fireworks.

Deliver Now for Women & Children, (Global Launch), United Nations/W.H.O., starring Ricki Lake and Chaka Kahn,

featuring first all-female panel in the history of the United Nations.

Women of the Year Awards 20th Anniversary for Glamour Magazine, Carnegie Hall, Editor-in-Chief Cindi Leive, with Arianna Huffington, Diane Sawyer, Katie Couric, Mayor Bloomberg, Kate Hudson, Hilary Swank, Janet Jackson, Stanley Tucci, James Corden, Seth Myers, Chelsea Clinton, Ambassador Susan Rice, Anita Hill, Gabby Giffords, and Oprah Winfrey.

Million Women’s Heart Project (Summit and National Launch), at Urban Zen, N.Y. with Donna Karan, Deborah Roberts, Joni Evans, Pat Mitchell, Nancy Giles, Ali Wentworth, Tovah Feldshuh, Sarah Jones, Cady Huffman

Rin Tin Tin, by Susan Orlean (Book Launch), New York Film Festival, and art cinemas throughout the U.S.

Riot of Spring, (Writer and Director) Starring Roger Rees, with Kaleidescope Dance Company; Hear Art, See Music = Live, featuring artists Andre Miripolsky and Michael Arthur, conceived, staged  and scripted for Your Concerts, Your Way, Indianapolis Symphony:

Upfront, The Star Wars, Cartoon Network, featuring George Lucas, at Terminal 51, New York, and the Skirball Center, L.A.

PRODUCTION SUPERVISOR/PROJECT MANAGER - representative sampling:

PM    The Lion King (Broadway)                                 Hudson Scenic Studio

PM    Jekyll and Hyde (Broadway)                              Hudson Scenic Studio

PM    The King and I (International Tour)                    Hudson Scenic Studio

PM    Beauty and the Beast (South America tour)      Hudson Scenic Studio

PM    Tommy (South America tour)                             Hudson Scenic Studio

PS     Venus by Suzan-Lori Parks (Premiere)             The Public Theater/ Yale Rep, Richard Foreman, director 

PS     The Green Bird                                                  Theatre de la June Lune

PS     Le Cirque Invisible                                             Yale Rep,  Victoria Chaplin, director

PS     Ferno and Caged                                               Mump and Smoot

PS     Children of Paradise                                          Theatre de la June Lune

Celebration of Teaching & Learning, Public Broadcasting System (PBS): Pier 51 and the Hilton, New York. featuring Dr. Oz, Brian Williams, Vice Pres. Al Gore, Cynthia McFadden, Walter Dean, Cory Booker

Clinton Global Initiative, special Production Coordinator to President Clinton, for all plenaries in the inaugural year, 2005, and 2006, 2007, Sheraton Hotel, New York

PRODUCTION STAGE MANAGER

Broadway/Tours (New York, National and International)

PSM   Les Misérables, Broadway and Marius companies, with Colm Wilkinson, et al

PSM   Sunset Boulevard, with Betty Buckley       

PSM   Two Trains Running, by August Wilson, (Premiere), with Laurence Fishburne & Roscoe Lee Brown, Lloyd Richards, director

PSM   The Piano Lesson, by August Wilson, (Premiere), with Roc Dutton, S. Epatha Merkerson, Lloyd Richards, director

PSM   Joe Turner’s Come and Gone, by August Wilson, (Premiere), with Delroy Lindo and Angela Bassett, Lloyd Richards, director

PSM   The Martha Graham Company, tour of Santa Fe, N.M., Aspen, C.O., and Nervi, Italy

Off-Broadway

SM      Hang On to the Good Times, by Cryer & Ford, (Premiere), Richard Maltby, director, Manhattan Theater Club

SM      Tales of Tinseltown, by Michael Colby, (Premiere), Rick Lombardo, director, New York Stage and Film

Williamstown Theatre Festival

5 seasons - selective credits:

PSM    Closer Than Ever, by Richard Maltby and David Shire, (Premiere); Richard Maltby, Director

PSM    Nora, with Michael York and Linda Purl; Michael Bloom, director

PSM    The Seagull, with Gwyneth Paltrow, Blythe Danner, Christopher Walken; Michael Greif, director

Yale Repertory Theatre

6 seasons - selective credits:

PSM    The America Play, by Suzan-Lori Parks, (Premiere), Liz Diamond, director

PSM    Pentecost, by David Edgar, (American Premiere), Stan Wodjewodski, director

PSM    Slavs! by Tony Kushner, (also for Center Stage, Baltimore) Lisa Peterson, director

PSM    Cobb, by Lee Blessing, (Premiere), Lloyd Richards, director

Huntington Theatre Company

PSM    6 Seasons, 27 plays including Shaw, Shakespeare, Stoppard, Pinter, Wilson, Wasserstein, et al

 

 

~KC~

 

 

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