I love theatre and live performance and have a commitment to giving voice to the stories from our ever increasing complex fabric of Australian communities - whether that be through narrative theatre, physical performance, film, music, visual arts, puppetry or installation arts. I have a commitment to making creative and artistic possibilities accessible to diverse audiences, especially to people in situations of disadvantage and it is my aim to use my experience, skills and artistic practices to develop, promote and encourage cultural change through innovative performance.
Karen is an exceptional and mutli-skilled artist. Whether it is: building big or little puppets performing them or making music, she applies a work ethic that puts us all to shame with outcomes that always amaze and delight. The audience feedback forms from the first season of Staircase to the Moon unanimously agreed that the Boab and Frangipani trees built by her were the best part of the visuals of the show.2012 Under Today – traces of Eastside, Alice Springs dramaturg/puppetry consultant 2011 Ghosts Nets Crocodile project for Sydney’s Scuplture by the Sea. 2011 Keela Dreaming Cultural Festival of the Ant, ExtravagANTza Performance Co-ordinated a Giant eight metre illuminated Keela Ant constructed by members of the Kellerberrin community. >2010 Magdelena Perth Workshop Festival, 5 weeks of puppetry workshops. 2010 Brave New Works : Gondwana Youth Arts Project: Puppet Making Coordinator. 2010 Magdalena Perth Theatre Workshop Festival – Workshop coordinator – puppetry poetics. 2008 With Sanjiva Margio co-directed Broom! Broom! , a comedy mime performance, starring Hardey McMurrick and Rebecca Bradley. 2007 Fantisea (Esperance festival) anamateur for puppet performances. 2005 Morawa Puppet Mania coordinated and developed puppetry program with Morawa young people. 2005 Artist in Residence for Southern Edge Arts “Heaven and Hell” aerial puppetry performance in collaboration with Karen Hethey, Douglas Walker and the Albany community. 2004 Animus Maximus, co-ordinated three festival parades comprising puppets made by the children, including large scale stilt walking creatures.