All things related to Karen Kohler’s training and musings in stagecraft (“stagekraft”), song mastery, storytelling and the art of performance.

Science of Consciousness Conference (Presenter)

By |2022-08-02T14:03:34-04:00April 20th, 2022|Key Dates, News & Events, Performance Art, Public Speaking|

I'm honored to present my monologue, "Songs, Psychedelics and Seizures: A One-Woman Flow" at the Science of Consciousness Conference 2022. Sponsored by the University of Arizona in Tucson (my alma mater), this year's program includes such consciousness studies leaders as Roger Penrose, Dennis McKenna, Robin Carhart-Harris, Katrin Preller, Christof Koch, Elizabeth Krasnoff and Deepak Chopra. I've chosen a topic, Flow, [...]

Deutschlandlied – Hatikvah

By |2022-07-15T16:54:01-04:00January 27th, 2022|Singing, Stagecraft|

On this Holocaust Remembrance Day, Noa Levy and I offer Deutschlandlied-Hatikvah, our reimagining of the German and Israeli National Anthems performed acapella as the closing piece of our show "The Home I Love." Our concert was sponsored by the German Consulate of San Francisco and presented at Temple Emanuel-El on June 7, 2017. One day we'll sing it live for you [...]

There’ll Be Some Changes Made

By |2021-12-30T10:42:36-05:00December 30th, 2021|News & Events, Singing, Stagecraft|

As a new year dawns, I share with you this sentiment which is as true as ever and boy do I love singing it! There's a change in the weather, a change in the sea From now on there'll be a change in me My walk will be different, my talk and my name Nuthin' about me is goin' [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

Oh Sweet Desire, You Know How I Hate to Practice

By |2021-11-17T12:37:04-05:00February 23rd, 2017|Blog Post, Performance Art, Stagecraft|

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 few. The blame seems to fall squarely on the shoulders [...]

Edge Play: Creating Art that Challenges

By |2020-04-29T17:09:27-04:00January 30th, 2017|Acting, Blog Post, Performance Art, Singing, Stagecraft|

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 consider the edge that place where there's nothing to hide [...]

Channel Magic

By |2020-04-30T16:29:28-04:00May 9th, 2014|Blog Post, Singing, Stagecraft|

You've got to find some way of saying it, without saying it. - Duke Ellington In cabaret, I've experienced enormous freedom. I've lived moment-to-moment for an hour at a time, using anything that comes up in myself and offering that to my musicians and my audience. The result of my dipping into my own emotional palette is that others dip into [...]

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