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.

So Long You 20-Teens

By |2020-04-29T15:40:48-04:00December 31st, 2019|Prose & Poetry, Writing|

LUCKY GRAIL Oh mended bone Oh key, oh throne Oh sprawling land of in-betweens Of yeses and of might-have-beens At decade's end I raise my glass You were a kicker in the ass I wipe the curses from my brow You know I loved you anyhow And from the threshold of regret I say, screw you, I'm not through [...]

Performance in “A Wery Weimar Christmas”

By |2022-07-25T15:20:05-04:00December 16th, 2019|Key Dates, News & Events|

On Monday, DECEMBER 16, 2019, Kim David Smith and pianist Tracy Stark returned to Club Cumming in the East Village with a holiday treat, "A Wery Weimar Christmas." Yours Truly made a guest appearance! "His Weimar mother, muse & chanteuse Karen Kohler brought the house down with laughter singing Surabaya Santa - a paean to the trials of being [...]

You in the Key of Mastery

By |2022-08-10T19:15:20-04:00October 7th, 2019|Life Arts, News & Events, Stagecraft|

Dear Creatives and Artists of Life! Announcing new coaching for a new decade! To usher out this decade and welcome a new one, I'm offering a complementary 30-minute consultation and new pricing to private students of my methodology in Stagecraft and Lifecraft.  Join me in my Brooklyn studio or via Skype, and together we'll tailor a curriculum that meets [...]

Silent Grief

By |2020-04-30T17:26:40-04:00September 11th, 2019|Prose & Poetry, Writing|

Every year around this time, I glance from my Brooklyn rooftop at night to see the blue spears of light emanating from lower Manhattan. Today, on the 18th anniversary of 9-11, I locate the journal entry I wrote the day after the attacks. This bit of prose was later published in a collaborative book project benefitting the 9-11 Fund. [...]

Everything’s Coming Up Karens

By |2022-12-22T15:34:27-05:00January 25th, 2019|Key Dates, News & Events|

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 Kohler are Karen Oberlin, Karen Mack and Karen Gross with Tedd Firth on piano to tie it all together Click here for the [...]

Artful Marriage

By |2020-04-29T16:21:15-04:00May 21st, 2018|Key Dates, News & Events|

On May 21, 2018, Karen and Robert (Fin and Mac) celebrate 35 years of friendship (and 30 of them married), having met as college students on Long Island. To commemorate the event and to support the cosmic vision of painters Alex and Allyson Grey, the Kohlers sat for Alex at the Chapel of Sacred Mirrors in Wappinger Falls, NY. [...]

Inaugural Crown Dialogue

By |2020-04-29T16:27:28-04:00April 28th, 2018|Key Dates, News & Events|

In May 2016, Karen founds the international sisterhood Crown Circle, a collective of colleagues and friends in their peak years. To mark the group's second anniversary, Karen organizes the inaugural Crown Dialogue between youth and elder women, on April 28, 2018 at the Sheen Center for Thought and Culture in NYC.

Improvisation: Language Beyond Words

By |2020-04-29T17:07:50-04:00October 25th, 2017|Acting, Blog Post, Public Speaking, Singing, Stagecraft|

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 about the last time you played with a baby. How [...]

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