Karen Joan Spanjer

actress | model | producer
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ABOUT KAREN

 

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Trailer of Award Winning Short Film ‘Patch’ starring Karen in main role

Karen is an experienced actress with a broad experience in corporate business (as a headhunter, manager, coach, teacher and corporate trainer). Her acting style is resourceful and natural, which she draws from her great sensibility.

Jury report Best Shorts Competition: “..convincing and compelling performance by Karen Spanjer as feeble and depressed Tessa.”

Karen also has musical talents (singing and song writing).

Since 2014 she runs film/TV production company DutchCheez Productions with fellow film entrepreneur and actress Marinda van ’t Hoff. Their debut movie ‘Patch’ (2016), a short black comedy, has won four awards at the Best Shorts Festival (La Jolla/San Diego); two Awards of Excellence and two Awards of Merit with Special Mention. The film was also selected for the prestigious LA Shorts Fest, where ‘Patch’ had it’s premiere last September. It has also recently won The Award of Merit at the LA Global Shorts Festival. In this film Karen is starring in a main role.

Karen has featured in various commercials, TV programs and short films. She is a frequently asked corporate actress and model. She is mother of three, married, fluent in French and English. She is living in Haarlem and well connected in the Amsterdam film making industry.

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PORTFOLIO / BIO

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Karen is a familiar face on TV. She recently completed an international short film called Patch that was shot in Guernsey/UK. Patch was selected for the prestigious LA Shorts Fest and has won the Award of Excellence at the Best Shorts Festival (La Jolla/San Diego) and the Award of Merit at the LA Global Shorts Festival. A film she co produced and in which she plays one of the main roles with co founder of DutchCheez Productions, Marinda van ’t Hoff. She just finished shootings of a short film by LonelyFilm. Karen can also be seen in commercials like  Nuon (2015) and in several NCOI campaigns (2016/2014). She appeared in commercials from Ikea (2014), Belastingdienst (2013), Caiway (2011) and Holland Casino (2004).
Directors she has worked with: Kristjan Knigge (The Right Juice, Patch), Arno Dierickx (Overspel), Bram van Erkel (Het Twentsch Paradijs, Het Wassende Water) and Josja Hamann (drama coach GTST / Halina Reijn). She appeared in television shows as Beschuldigd, Lachen met Arne with Arne Toonen, De Nationale Soap Acteerwedstrijd with Jimmy Geduld and Antonie Kamerling. She also works as a corporate actress and she has a musical background.

She was trained at the Camera Acting School Teledrama (Hilversum, The Netherlands) and at the School for Theatre and Television (Amsterdam, The Netherlands) by Josja Haman (former drama coach of GTST and Halina Reijn). Karen also joined Acting Masterclasses in Hollywood, London (Checkov technique) and Amsterdam (Meisner).

 

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TV/Film

International short film Patch, DutchCheez Productions & Mac Gyver Productions- director Kristjan Knigge (Distribution Shorts TV)

(The Netherlands/Guernsey UK) 2016 (Tessa) – Official Selection LA Shorts Fest september 2016 – Award Best Supporting Actress Madrid International Film Festival 2017- Award of Excellence (Short Film and Humor)/ Award of Merit (Script and Audience Impact) Best of Shorts Festival (La Jolla/San Diego) december 2016 – Award of Merit LA Global Shorts Festival november 2016 – Official Selection ShortToThePoint Film Fest Bucharest 2016

Short Film Schoon Genoeg 48 hr Rotterdam 2017 (detective)

Short Film Like Rabbits, LonelyFilm, (Netherlands) 2016 (in production) (mother) – director Samira Damato

Short films by RNWMedia, Drama for Social Change 2016

Starring TV series Accused 2013 (Lucy)

Short films, examination films, theatre plays, television pilots, kids programs (e.i. Lachen met Arne – Buya)

Commercials

Commercial Nuon ‘Sustainability’ 2015
Commercial Ikea ‘Christmas’ 2014
Commercial Dutch Tax Office 2013
Commercial Caiway Internet and Telecom 2011

 

Corporate Acting

Rituals
ABNAMRO
RNTC
MKB Nederland
M&S Mode
Hogeschool van Amsterdam
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Model

NCOI Corporate Training and Education 2015 (photography, print and online)

Computrain IT Training 2014, photography, print and online, brand face of Training Guide)

NCOI Corporate Training and Education 2012 (photography, brand face of print and online)

Music

Togglehead, lead singer /songwriter, Haarlem 2007-2010
Collaboration projects Karen & Joey Retro (The Mutations) 2011
Trained by: singing and performance coach Vicky van Zijl (Penelope, Pimpersticker),
Mara Sophie Peelen (‘No Man’s Land’), Caroline van Bavel (Die Drei Groschen)

Trivia

Karen speaks French and English fluently (she has a master degree in French Literature and lived 1,5 years in France, she also studied English as second language and frequently visited her father in the USA). Born (Twente) and raised in the province (Drente), she can manage well with a Drenthe/Twente accent.

She is also good with children and groups of young people (through experience in education and training); she loves their fantasy world and their honest way of thinking.

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DUTCHCHEEZ

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DUTCHCHEEZ is an independent INNOVATIVE film and media production company founded by Marinda van ’t Hoff and Karen Spanjer.

– Press Release 1/2/2017-

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DutchCheez Productions

With our passion for acting and extensive business experience, DutchCheez wants to create a stage for film talent that is looking to explore new horizons. “With our creative skills and years of experience in the corporate world we are adept in connecting great ideas to the right people.”

The black comedy “Patch” is their first production that was shot on the island of Guernsey (Channel Islands), starring Marinda and Karen in leading roles. This short film is a co production by DutchCheez and McG Media Productions and is directed by Danish/British director Kristjan Knigge. ‘Patch’ just won two Awards of Excellence and two Awards of Merit with Special Mention at the Best Shorts Festival (La Jolla/San Diego) and the Award of Merit at the LA Global Shorts Fest and the film was selected for the prestigious LA Shorts Fest where the film premiered last September beside Denzel Washington’s film ‘Shame’.

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PRESS

Interview Madrid International Film Festival 2017

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The film ‘Patch’ – which Karen produced and in which she plays a main role – won The Award of Excellence for Best Short Film and Humor and The Award of Merit with Special Mention for Script and Audience Impact. The film also received the Award of Merit at the LA Global Shorts Fest 2016. ‘Patch’ premiered at the prestigious Los Angeles Shorts Fest in September 2016.

Award of Excellence Best Shorts Festival

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Karen Joan Spanjer
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