Karen grew up performing in and writing for the theater. She has written several stage plays, which include Popping the Cherry, And Baby Makes Two, Commit Me to Memory, More Like Messy, Mr. President, and The Night Dances. Her plays have received staged readings and/or productions in San Francisco (at Actors Theatre, Eureka Theatre, Mason Street Theatre, Teatro de la Esperanza, Berkeley Rep, and the Shelton Theatre), Seattle (Mae West Festival), New York City (Nylon Fusion Festival), Texas (Zero Untitled Festival), and Bologna, Italy.
Her plays have been published in several anthologies and have been chosen as finalists for the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival, the Actors Theatre of Louisville Heideman Award and Humana Festival, the American Theatre Co-op Playwriting Award, the Bay Area Playwrights Festival, and the Shenandoah Playwriting Award. Karen’s work has also been seen in these SF festivals: Bay One Acts, Best of Playground, Shotz, SF Playhouse New Works Festival, and Woman’s Will’s 24-Hour Playfest.
Karen has a Master of Fine Arts in Playwriting from San Francisco State University, and has been fortunate enough to assist direct and serve as a dramaturg with theater professionals like Octavio Solis and Erik Ehn. She is currently in the writer’s pool for Playground, and won the Emerging Playwrights award in 2014 for her play Stranger in a Stranger Land.