Karen Cecilia (Playwright, Screenwriter) is based in Brooklyn. She is currently workshopping a new full length play at The Actors Studio in NYC. Her works have been featured at 3LD Arts & Technology Center, NYC, HERE Arts Center, NYC, Dixon Place, NYC and The Firehouse Theater in V.A. She has workshopped a play with The Cry Havoc Theatre Company. Her play Ivy Walls received Top Finalist for the 2019 Women Playwrights’ Initiative, mention from Broadwayworld.com and The Melbourne Theatre Company. She is a frequent guest on City World Radio speaking about playwriting and theater as well as a theatre teacher. She has worked on the theatrical production side with the theater company, The Collective. Karen holds an MFA in Playwriting from The Actors Studio Drama School and is a member of The Dramatists Guild of America and the Playwrights/Directors Workshop at The Actors Studio.
Karen 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. Through years of dance, she came to understand that behavior, through movement, is created from the character’s phycology. 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. In the journey of her work, she strives to tell the truth of the character though their life experiences, their deepest struggles, their greatest triumphs, and develop characters that have their own agency. She believes the potential of showing people’s lives on stage can help create a conversation and bring people together through the universal experiences we all share as humans.