52-Word Bio

KAREN KOHLER lives unconventionally in art and love. Born in Germany and raised in the U.S., she stays married to her college sweetheart, was being paid handsomely in stock options when the call to performance seized her, and since 2000 has propelled a critically acclaimed international performance career based in New York.

110-Word Bio

KAREN KOHLER emigrated from Germany to Long Island as a child. After completing her BA in international studies at the University of Arizona, she moved to Texas where, in 1999, she gave up a top position with a Fortune 500 company to follow the call to art. She has since led a critically acclaimed performance career in NYC as singer, director, and ensemble leader, lecturing at the university level on the roots of small stage performance art and guiding artists in fulfilling their creative calling. Karen fuels her unconventional life in art and love (she stays married to her college sweetheart) with intemperate adventures and recently published her first novella.

153-Word Bio

Internationally celebrated singer-actress KAREN KOHLER lives for the unconventional in art and love. She emigrated to the U.S. from Germany as a child, learned English in a gospel choir, married her college sweetheart and was being paid handsomely in stock options when the call to performance seized her. For decades she has fueled a critically acclaimed international singing career from her base in New York City. Karen is passionate about story songs, crossbreeding in seven languages a decadent range of theatrical and musical styles from jazz and Delta blues to classical, rock-folk and cabaret. Winner of the Nightlife, Mac, BroadwayWorld and Backstage Bistro awards, the iconoclastic Kohler is the founding producer of the Kabarett Kollektif and the award-winning cabaret festival, Kabarett Fête. She is a sought-after director, lectures at the university level on the European roots of small stage performance, and guides a diversity of artists in stagecraft and fulfilling their creative calling.

Full-Length BIO – 390 words

KAREN KOHLER is a singer, writer and champion of artists. She emigrated from Germany to Long Island as a child, the daughter of an airline executive. After completing her BA in international studies with a music minor at the University of Arizona, she spent her early adulthood in Texas. In 1999, she gave up a top position with a Fortune 500 company in Austin to follow the call to singing back to New York.

Today, Karen is a scholar in the history of cabaret and leading interpreter of its form. She has won all of New York’s major live performance awards – Nightlife, MAC, BroadwayWorld, and BackStage Bistro – as singer, producer and director.  She performs in cabarets, concert halls, festivals, consulates and embassies worldwide, crossbreeding a range of theatrical and musical styles – from jazz and Delta blues to classical, rock-folk and cabaret. She is founder of the award-winning ensemble, Kabarett Kollektif, and Kabarett Fête (a festival of the cabaret arts) and through her company, Fin Alley Arts, produces her own concerts, workshops and recordings, as well as the work of other artists.

Karen’s passion for stagecraft extends to teaching. Her development as a performing artist has included both traditional and esoteric approaches to performance. In 2010, she was awarded a fellowship in New Delhi where alongside her concerts, she gave master classes and was herself a student of the ancient Indian practices of breathing (pranayama), meditation, chakra studies and the tantric arts which she has integrated into her own teaching method.  She has taught across the U.S., England, Germany, India, Australia and the Caribbean. Students students have come from as far away as Australia to attend her private 2-week colloquia in New York City. Together with her husband Mac, Karen has established the world’s only collegiate scholarship in cabaret at Long Island University where the two met in 1983. Mac has been an avid supporter of his wife’s career, and today owns Brooklyn Copper Cookware.

Karen fuels her unconventional life in art and love with intemperate adventures and travels. A passionate writer and blogger, she recently began publishing her prose and poetry. Visit her website at www.karenkohler.com for information about concerts, recordings, workshops, podcasts, and special events. Find her videos on YouTube and albums at CDBaby, her guided meditations on Soundcloud and Insight Timer, and follow her on Social.