Workshop – “Stage Might: Harnessing Your Fear of Public Speaking”

By |2022-03-05T18:32:41-05:00March 7th, 2022||

From Karen's StageKraft series ~ ABOUT THIS VIRTUAL WORKSHOP We all speak in public and yet public speaking is something most of us have never been taught. Most of us have a mortal fear of going before others to share information, open our hearts and use our bodies to communicate effectively. Learning to surrender by stepping both into and away [...]

Deutschlandlied – Hatikvah

By |2022-01-28T13:34:49-05:00January 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 again, [...]

Workshop for JazzVoice.com (virtual)

By |2020-11-10T10:25:22-05:00November 10th, 2020||

From Karen's StageKraft series ~ ROOM: The Great Big Art of the Small Are you drawn to intimate performance art? Do you have material in mind to bring to a cabaret room, open-mic or salon? Do you find the technical aspects of performing in a club daunting, irrespective of its size? Would you say that even your pop songs are [...]

Interview & Performance for Piano Man Jazz Club in India (virtual)

By |2020-11-19T22:04:50-05:00May 3rd, 2020|, |

Delighted to be a guest on "Socially Distanced", coming to you live on Facebook from India. The series is hosted by my dear friend and musical soulmate, Arjun Sagar Gupta, owner of India's top jazz club, The Piano Man. Part 1 - Recorded on April 24, 2020 is the interview portion (the story of my path to the stage). Part [...]

You in the Key of Mastery (new coaching)

By |2020-04-29T16:29:49-04:00October 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 Stagekraft and Lifekraft.  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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