Karen

About Karen Kohler

Karen Kohler is a story singer, writer, guide and community builder. She emigrated from Germany to Long Island as a child, the daughter of an airline executive. After completing her BA in international studies and music at the University of Arizona, she spent her early adulthood in Texas where, in 1999, she gave up a top position with a Fortune 500 company to follow the call to singing. Karen leads the European cabaret arts in New York City as singer, director, ensemble leader and historian. 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 guides a diversity of artists in fulfilling their creative calling and lectures at the university level on the European roots of small stage performance art. Karen fuels her unconventional life in art and love (she stays married to her college sweetheart) with intemperate adventures and travels. A passionate writer and blogger, she recently publishing her prose and poetry on her blog, RudeWoke. Visit www.karenkohler.com for info on concerts, workshops and events.

You in the Key of Mastery (new private coaching)

By |2019-10-07T11:16:21-04:00October 7th, 2019|Lifekraft, News, Stagekraft|

Dear Creatives and Artists of Life! To usher in a new season, I'm offering a complementary 30-minute consultation and new pricing to private students of my methodology in Stagekraft and Lifekraft.  Join me in my Brooklyn studio or via Skype, and together we'll tailor a curriculum that meets your [...]

Everything’s Coming Up Karens

By |2019-10-07T11:35:26-04:00January 25th, 2019|Key Dates, News|

On January 25, 2019 Everything's Coming Up Karens debuts at the Beach Cafe, bringing together four distinctly different Karens of cabaret for an eclectic night of song, story and comedy at the Beach Cafe. Alongside Karen K are Karen Oberlin, Karen Mack and Karen Gross with Ted Firth on [...]

Improvisation: Language Beyond Words

By |2019-09-13T19:01:38-04:00October 25th, 2017|Acting, Public Speaking, Singing, Stagekraft|

Words! Words! I'm so sick of words! I get words all day through; First from him, now from you! Is that all you blighters can do? Don't talk of stars burning above; If you're in love, show me! ~ from My Fair Lady (lyrics by Alan Jay Lerner) Think [...]

Home I Love: Cabaret from Berlin to Tel Aviv

By |2019-08-22T12:53:54-04:00June 7th, 2017|Key Dates, News|

The Home I Love: Cabaret from Berlin to Tel Aviv, teams Karen with Israeli singer Noa Levy and acclaimed New York musical director (and vocalist) Tracy Stark. Sponsored by the German Consulate in San Francisco, the show debuts at Temple Emanu-El and showcases a songbook of cabaret classics in German, [...]

Oh Sweet Desire, You Know How I Hate to Practice

By |2019-09-15T16:10:39-04:00February 23rd, 2017|Stagekraft|

I've never been good at practicing. I like to be good at something quickly, and if I'm not good at something quickly, I don't like doing it. So I put it away, for awhile. Or forever. Such has been the fate of tennis, baking, sewing and tap-dancing, to name a [...]

Edge Play: Creating Art that Challenges

By |2019-09-13T19:15:24-04:00January 30th, 2017|Acting, Singing, Stagekraft|

Performers are revealers; we lay a thing bare. To cultivate as broad a landscape of potential revelation as possible, we venture from the center of familiarity and recognition to the edge of mystery and uncertainty. Just as there are edges to the stage space, there are edges to us performers too. I [...]