As a writer, I feel it is a privilege to tell the stories of people's lives and show their deepest struggles as well as their greatest triumphs. I strive to engage the audience with my writing, provoke thought about the world around us, and create a new narrative through characters with agency who do not fall into the standard conventions of the past.
~ Karen Cecilia
Karen Cecilia (Playwright, Screenwriter) is based in Brooklyn. Her work has been seen in NYC at 3LD, La Mama, HERE Arts Center, Dixon Place, Theater For The New City, and The Firehouse Theatre, Richmond, VA. Her plays have had workshops at The Actors Studio (Member of the Playwright/Directors Workshop), The Cry Havoc Theatre Company and IVP Productions. She has received Top Finalist Honors for the 2019 Ivoryton Women Playwright’s Initiative for Ivy Walls and Mea Culpa received Semi-Finalist award from The Orlando Shakespeare Theater in 2019. She was the winner of the Walter Prichard Eaton Prize for Playwriting Excellence from Hunter College in 2014. She was a co-screenwriter on a movie produced by The Women’s Weekend Film Challenge. Karen is a frequent guest on City World Radio speaking about theatre and playwriting. MFA Playwriting at The Actors Studio Drama School and member of the Dramatists Guild of America. (Upcoming Fall 2020) publications: 100 MONOLOGUES FROM NEW PLAYS 2020 -- WOMEN Limelight Editions/The Applause Acting Series. “Zaza” Monologue from STRIKE: All Women Stand United
Karen teaches various types of theater and writing class at two different Universities.
She started her theatrical career at an early age. Born in New Jersey, she grew up studying various styles of dance with a strong focus on ballet. As a teen, she performed in The Nutcracker for several years with The New Jersey Dance Theatre Guild. After moving to New York City at a young age, she continued her studies in acting, dance and voice. Throughout those years, she began her playwriting career.