karen CarpenterKAREN CARPENTER (Director, Handle With Care) directed the smash hit, Love Loss and What I Wore, by Delia and Nora Ephron (Drama Desk Award, Best Unique Theatrical Experience,) which ran a record three years in New York.  Karen has directed hundreds of our most celebrated comediennes in the show to date; additional companies have played all over the world, and a new production will tour the U.S. in 2015.

Recently she directed NY Times critics’ pick Handle With Care off-Broadway, Michael Keaton in Lauren Yee’s Countville for Festival de Sole; premieres of Wendy Yondorf’s Admit One, in a sold-out run at New Jersey Rep, now Broadway-bound; Rosemary Loar’s Spoolie Girl, Midtown International Theater Festival (Best of the Fest); and Mary Walsh’s Dancing With Rage, which toured Canada. Karen is Artistic Director of the William Inge Center for the Arts, where she directed Lifetime Achievement Tributes to David Henry Hwang, Arthur Kopit, and the 100th Birthday of William Inge for the annual Inge Festival.  

She served five seasons as Associate Artistic Director of the Old Globe, where she produced over 60 plays and musicals, and directed the American premiere of Abi Morgan’s Splendour (Critic’s Choice, L.A. Times), Nilo Cruz’s Two Sisters and a Piano (Critic’s Choice, L.A. Times), Jeffrey Hatcher’s Smash (Patté Award), Harold Pinter’s Betrayal (Craig Noel Award, The Reader’s “Best Bet”), and As You Like It (Best of the Year, San Diego Magazine).

As Production Stage Manager, the Broadway premieres of August Wilson's Joe Turner's Come and Gone, The Piano Lesson, and Two Trains Running.

She has served on the faculty of Yale School of Drama, and her alma mater, Boston University, School for the Arts, honored her by naming the Karen Carpenter Award for Excellence in Theater Arts, awarded each year to a graduating senior of exceptional merit.

November, 2014