More About Karen

 

With over twenty-five years experience in the theatre, in film and television, in the university classroom, and on both sides of the camera, Karen offers a unique and unparalleled knowledge of the media, the voice, and dynamic presentation. She has taught at New York University for over twenty years, and her courses in voice, presentation skills, and media are in high demand by students from all over the world. As one of the very first network television camerawomen, for ABC Entertainment, News & Sports, Karen received an Emmy Award for her coverage of the L.A. Olympics and an Emmy nomination for her work on "Live with Regis & Kathie Lee." Through the years she has worked with many recognized theatre, film, and television greats and with international television personalities and shows, including Australia-9 TV, as well as with ABC-TV.

Karen has just been selected as one of the Top Ten Voice Teachers in New York for 2017 - and the only speaking coach - by Expertise.com. They sited her reputation, credibility, experience, availability, and professionalism.  See the link at:  www.expertise.com/ny/nyc/voice-lessons.

Karen's clients include executives, IT professionals, corporate vice-presidents, and marketing and sales staff for companies and organizations throughout the U.S. and internationally, with recent clients traveling from Ghana, Panama, and England to work with Karen. Companies and organizations include UBS, Deloitte, Colgate Palmolive, Credit-Suisse, Deutsche Bank, Merrill Lynch, JPMorgan/Chase, BMW, the Association for Conservation Information, OgilvyOne Worldwide, Otsuka Pharmaceuticals, Johnson & Johnson, Bank of America, World Lung Foundation, NYS Society of CPA's, and many more. She has taught her distinctive, highly-successful voice development programs to lawyers, scientists, professors, teachers and principals, doctors, motivational speakers, actors, engineers, entrepreneurs, and students. Her one-on-one coaching is unparalleled.

Karen has presented highly successful Voice & Presentation Skills seminars, including her "Ten Steps to a More Dynamic Voice" and"Overcoming Fear of Public Speaking - Forever!" for myriad organizations and companies, including the Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission, the Project Managers Institute, New York Women in Communications, The Hired Guns, the PHCC Association Executives Council, the Center for Arts Education, National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, the Association for Talent Development, and the College Bound Career Fair. She also regularly speaks as a motivational speaker throughout the U.S.

Receiving her Master's Degree in Theatre (Magna cum Laude) from Florida State University, Karen did her graduate work in London with a year's study in English Theatre. She has a double Bachelor's Degree (Magna cum Laude, Phi Beta Kappa) in Communication & Humanities, with study in Florence, Italy, also through Florida State. She has appeared in over 500 performances nationwide of her one-woman show for Coca Cola, encouraging teens' self-esteem and self-motivation, and has acted in over thirty professional theatrical productions around the country.

Karen has taught at New York University since 1990, as an Adjunct Assistant Professor, creating highly in-demand courses in On-Camera Reporting and Television Journalism for the School of Professional Studies. Her current courses in Voice and Presentation Skills, "Ten Steps to a More Dynamic Voice,"are fully subscribed every term and consistently receive superior reviews from her students. Karen is also regularly invited to be the Live Announcer for conferences and award shows, including The Stevie Awards, the New York Women in Communications Matrix Awards, and National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences events.

In addition to her extensive theatre and public speaking background, Karen is also a successful documentary producer, recognized for her distinctive and highly creative directing, writing, producing, and editing efforts, which bring her videos to an exciting and unique level. Her recent videos for St. Bart's Church in New York were acclaimed as masterful. Karen began her career covering the Florida Legislature during the first years of the Government in the Sunshine Law. Shooting daily in the Florida State Senate, she was also the Voice of "Today in the Legislature," announcing the live two-hour wrap-up show for PBS, with nightly broadcasts state-wide.

Karen is an active member of the Association for Talent Development, recently "coaching the coaches" with two noted seminars on "Ten Steps to a More Dynamic Voice." She served for five years on the Friends' Board of the Theatre Development Fund, chairing the Education Outreach Committee. As a long-time active member of New York Women in Communications, Karen has served on the Board of Directors as Vice-President of Student Affairs, for whom she produced their highly-regarded Student Career Conferences for several years. For the Drama League, she was chosen as a Nominating Judge for the Drama League Awards for Broadway. Karen also served on the Board of Governors for the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences for four years, while producing and hosting over 120 events for the organization. She also is very active in the Nature Conservancy and has spoken at several Legacy Club events. In addition, she is a long-time member of Actors' Equity Association, the Screen Actors Guild, and NABET (National Assn. of Broadcast Employees & Technicians).  She is also very active with the Commercial Theatre Institute, and is on the Gala Committee for the New York Musical Theatre.  Karen has been selected for Who's Who in America and for Who's Who Among American Women for each of the past ten years.

Karen's great love of teaching the voice and of imparting her vast knowledge in all areas of communication, always with great positivity and support for her clients, has been highly acknowledged throughout the industry. She is, quite simply, the best at what she does.