Key dates and highlights of Karen Kohler’s artistic career as singer, writer, podcaster, mentor and community-builder since 1995.

Songs of Brecht and the Poet-Troubadours

By |2022-12-22T16:17:40-05:00May 7th, 2015|Key Dates, News & Events|

On May 7, 2015, Karen debuted Suitcase in Berlin: Songs of Brecht and the Poet Troubadours at the Irondale Center in her hometown of Brooklyn, NY. In the program she wove together the story song composers she loves most including Jaques Brel, Nick Cave, Leonard Cohen, Tom Waits and Noel Coward. A few days later she was featured with [...]

Kabarett with a K, Mabel with an M

By |2021-11-17T12:30:03-05:00October 24th, 2014|Key Dates, News & Events|

In the fall of 2014, Karen's longtime cabaret pal and collaborator KT Sullivan, director of the Mabel Mercer Foundation in NYC, invited her to curate and direct a European offering as part of the Foundation's annual cabaret festival. "Kabarett with a K " was held at the Cutting Room on October 24, 2014 and featured many members of Karen's [...]

Karen and the Brits

By |2020-04-30T16:34:06-04:00July 9th, 2013|Key Dates, News & Events|

In the summer of 2013, following a concert at the German-Heritage Museum in Los Angeles to mark the 50th Anniversary of JFK's historic visit to Berlin, Karen took her longest running (since 1995) cabaret act Das Kabarett: European Cabaret and American Pop and headed to London for a run at the Crazy Coqs Cabaret. Leigh Thompson accompanied. From April [...]

Caribbean concerts

By |2020-05-06T20:22:11-04:00September 9th, 2011|Key Dates, News & Events|

During his tenure as Vice Consul at the German Consulate in New York, Stefan and Anna Schlueter and the Kohlers became great friends. When Stefan Schlueter became German Ambassador to Trinidad and Tobago, he twice invited Karen to the Caribbean for concerts and master classes. On both occasions, Karen wore gowns by renowned Trinidadian fashion designer, Claudia Pegus, several [...]

Artist-in-Residence, New Delhi

By |2022-08-10T19:22:10-04:00March 1st, 2011|Key Dates, News & Events|

In March of 2011, Karen received a month-long fellowship as Artist-in-Residence at the Global Arts Village/Center for Culture and Consciousness in New Delhi, India.Here she developed and taught a new master class, Beyond the Beautiful Voice: The Art of Performance, employing her own methodology in the art of stagecraft for the first time. At the conclusion of her formal residency, Karen [...]

Political Cabaret

By |2021-11-17T12:43:58-05:00March 7th, 2010|Key Dates, News & Events|

On March 7, 2010 Karen returns to the political cabaret of her Berlin roots and flexes her revolutionary artist muscle in Foreign Currency: Political Cabaret for Our Time, at Joe's Pub in NYC with Doug Oberhamer (piano) and Gregory Chudzik (bass). The show was originally conceived for the BKA Theater in Berlin in 2005 as an homage to Marlene [...]

Cabaret Director of the German Forum

By |2020-07-10T13:06:10-04:00May 19th, 2009|Key Dates, News & Events|

On June 10 2008, to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the German Forum, Karen was invited to perform for the Forum at the Dance New Amsterdam (DNA) Theater in NYC alongside German-born Actress-Singer Micaela Leon and Australian newcomer Kim Smith in It's All a Swindle/Alles Schwindel: An Evening of Weimar Berlin Cabaret, with pianist Uli Geissendoerfer. As a result of [...]

Little Death: Songs of Coming & Going

By |2022-08-29T17:56:13-04:00October 8th, 2008|Key Dates, News & Events|

Little Death: Songs of Coming and Going, a daring and provocative musical performance exploring the erotic intersections between sex and death, debuted Off-Broadway at the Zipper Factory Theater on October 8, 2008 and ran to October 28. In the wake of  high praise from critics and audiences alike, the show was extended from November 5 to 18, 2008. Known [...]

The Kohler Cabaret Scholarship is Unveiled

By |2020-05-06T21:22:46-04:00September 26th, 2007|Key Dates, News & Events|

Karen and Robert M. Kohler endow the world’s first cabaret scholarship, the Peter E. Kohler Scholarship in Cabaret Performance at Long Island University, Greenvale, NY where the couple met as college students in 1982 and married in 1988. It is named for her late father-in-law who, as a musician and former American soldier, introduced her to the music of [...]

Kabarett Fête: New York’s first European Cabaret Festival

By |2020-05-06T21:43:32-04:00January 23rd, 2007|Key Dates, News & Events|

As part of her continuing effort to nurture the European cabaret arts in New York City, Karen and Robert Kohler conceived and produced New York's first festival for European cabaret, Kabarett Fête, from January 23-27, 2007. Nine performers from seven countries delivered the European cabaret songbook in the city's first cabaret festival devoted to the European cabaret arts. These [...]

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