Born at a very young age, Karen had her first taste of acting in college and has been answering the call ever since. While recovering from flu back in 2000, she watched 24 hours of the British version of Whose Line Is It Anyway? and at that very moment decided to embrace the dark arts known as improv. Several years later, she formed Polite Ink. sketch & improv.
Karen adores many of the characters she is able to play with Polite Ink,. but her favorites include: Dominica Bonventre-Tamburello of the saucy Italian cooking show al dente, Michaela Daly, the ginger columnist of the Shaughnessy Group, and basically any character with a British accent.
When not on stage with Polite Ink., Karen performs with several theatre groups throughout Rochester. Some of her credits include: Candida in Classics Theater of Rochester’s production of Candida, played with the Penfield Players as Billie Dawn in their production of Born Yesterday, Ms. Martin in The Bald Soprano, and co-wrote and performed in the Rochester debut of the epic fantasy The Kingdom Next to Fid, which she and her co-writer are currently turning into a novel. She also co-hosts the Polite Ink. comedy talk show on WAYO 104.3 FM with her favorite funny people.
Karen is also a writer, producer, and director—and tapped into all those talents to establish the annual MuCCC benefit show, which finished in 2016, its fifth year.
Karen is happily married to her biggest supporter, next to her mother of course and has two rescue dogs. (Little known secret, dogs love improv.)