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Karen Allen

Expertise: performing arts

Ms. Allen began her work in the theater as a student and company member of the Washington Theatre Laboratory in Washington, D.C., an experimental theater company inspired by the work of Polish theater director Jerzy Grotowski. She attended George Washington University and was one of the creators and directors of the theater program at the Washington Project for the Arts, which brought extraordinary theater companies from around the world to Washington, D.C. to perform. She has starred in over 30 feature films (Raiders of the Lost Ark, Animal House, Starman, Scrooged, The Glass Menagerie, Falling Sky) and appeared in numerous stage productions both on and off Broadway (The Glass Menagerie, Extremities, The Country Girl, The Miracle Worker and Speaking in Tongues), winning a Theatre World Award for her work on Broadway portraying Helen Keller in The Monday After the Miracle. She studied acting with Stella Adler, Warren Robertson, and at the Strasberg Institute in NYC. She studied voice with Kristen Linklater. Ms. Allen is a member of the Actor’s Studio and of the Academy of Arts and Sciences.


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