Karen works as an actress and producer. She independently produced an international short film called Patch that was shot in Guernsey/UK in which she starred in a main role. This film is purchased by international TV channel Shorts TV and is broadcast worldwide. She received a Best Actress Award at the Madrid international Film Festival 2017. 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.
Karen can also be seen in commercials like Lidl (as Willemijn with Beau van Erven Dorens), in Nuon and in NCOI campaigns. She appeared in commercials as Ikea, Belastingdienst, Caiway and Holland Casino and in several short films.
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 (Beschuldigd, Lachen met Arne with Arne Toonen, De Nationale Soap Acteerwedstrijd with Jimmy Geduld and Antonie Kamerling). She also works as a corporate actress for various companies and multi nationals and she has a musical background.
She was trained at the Camera Acting School Videcom 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 is frequently in London for acting training (at The Actors Centre and the Michael Checkov Studio), she joined Acting Masterclasses in Hollywood, London (Checkov, Meisner, Weston technique) and acting classes in Amsterdam at De Toneelmeester (Herman Bolten/Hugo Konings) and acting coaching (Sytske van der Ster).
Comedy Series – (main role) director Kristjan Knigge (2018/2019 – in production with Revolver/Nassau Media/DutchCheez)
Short Film Sector 9S, sci fi thriller 48hr Nijmegen april 2018 – Best Special Effects, Nominations Best Camera and Best Film Poster, top 3 audience choice
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 48hr Rotterdam 2017 (detective)
Short Film Like Rabbits, LonelyFilm, (Netherlands) 2016 (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)
Commercial Lidl ‘Delicieux, Ga voor Goud!’ 2018
Commercial Nuon ‘Sustainability’ 2015
Commercial Ikea ‘Christmas’ 2014
Commercial Dutch Tax Office 2013
Commercial Caiway Internet and Telecom 2011
Hogeschool van Amsterdam
NCOI Corporate Training and Education 2015-2018 (photography, brand face print and online)
Computrain IT Training 201-2015, photography, print and online, brand face Training Guide)
NCOI Corporate Training and Education 2012 (photography, brand face print and online)
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)
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.