Karen trained at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland (RSAMD). Over the years she has worked in both Theatre and Education. During the nineties she trained as a Dramatherapist and in 2000 gained a Research Masters from University of Surrey.
Karen most recently appeared at Oran Mor with Joyce Falconer for a second run of Morna Young’s Aye, Elvis. Her previous work at Oran Mor was with Kay Gallie and Ann Kidd in Flying With Swans directed by Alison Peebles. Karen’s main body of theatre work was at Dundee Rep, during Robert Robertson’s tenure as Artistic Director. She performed in, amongst others: Metamorphosis, What Every Woman Knows, Voyage Round My Farther, Talking Steps, On Golden Pond, Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde, Mary Rose, Loot, You Never Can Tell, and played Mrs Elvstad to Joanna Lumley’s Hedda Gabler.
She has also worked for a variety of theatre companies, including 7.84, 10ft Tall, Awarehaus Theatre Co, Net Theatre Co, and has enjoyed many rehearsed readings for Playwrights Studio and APA including Freshly Squeezed and 500 Words. Her work includes appearances in: Rona Munro’s The Maiden Stone; The Granite Mile, directed by Peter Arnott; Will Shu directed by Alison Peebles; Can’t Pay, Won’t Pay, directed by Alan Lyddiard; she also performed in Jackie Kay’s Twilight Shift, which picked up a Fringe First award at the Edinburgh Festival; and in David Leddy’s audio play, Susurrus, which had successful runs at the Botanics, Glasgow and the Edinburgh International Festival.
Her TV work includes: A Broken Hert, A Tongue in Yir Head, Into the Past, The Trouble with Alec (BBC); Gather Round, Unlawful Arrest, and Creating Art (Grampian).
Karen has also worked in youth theatre, directing Oliver at Texaco Theatre School and worked on many community projects; and role play work for in-training doctors and social workers.
In 2006, she was the first actor in Scotland to speak on behalf of the new NTS, performing in Home Aberdeen by Rona Munro.