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. [...]
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.
Karen Kohler self-publishes her writing! The Corpses, Karen's first novella, is published in December of 2017 through her own publishing company, Sumya Press. Her debut poetry collection, Petrichor, is released in March of 2019.
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 [...]
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, English, Hebrew and Yiddish.
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 [...]
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 [...]
Karen is an acknowledged authority on the history of cabaret and small stage performance. In January 2017, Karen was given an adjunct professorship to teach her 2-part course, The Tenth Muse: The History of Cabaret from Montmartre to Manhattan as part of the Hutton House Lecture Series at Long Island University. LIU/Post is the home of the world's only [...]
~ for Leonard Cohen (1934-2016) I am not sad today Goodbye Jikan To hear you’re on your way Goodbye Jikan You took your life and modeled to me living, loving, dying If I said that I was mourning now you know that I’d be lying What singer mourns a poem anyhow You are my tower of song Goodbye Jikan [...]