• Festival del Sole
  • Joshua Bell
  • Castello di Amorosa
  • Polina Semionova
  • Festival del Sole
  • Pinchas Zukerman
  • Far Niente
  • Arturo Sandoval
  • Yoga in the Vineyards
  • Sphinx Virtuosi

Karen Carpenter

Karen Carpenter

Karen Carpenter (Director) has directed over one hundred of our most celebrated comediennes in the smash hit Love, Loss, and What I Wore, by Nora Ephron & Delia Ephron, since it's record-breaking premiere.  Winner of the 2010 Drama Desk Award for Best Unique Theatrical Production, this phenomenon of a show is now enjoyed worldwide. Karen just opened a new musical, Spoolie Girl, for the Midtown International Theater Festival, and will direct Wendy Yondorf's Admit One for Broadway, later this season. Deemed a "provocateur" by the press for her symphony work, Karen recently staged a new commedia opera, Giovanni the Fearless, by Mira Spektor, for the League of Professional Theater Women"s 30 Plays for 30 Years. Last season, she directed Spektor's Housewives Cantata for the York Theater, and the world premiere of Mary Walsh’s Dancing With Rage to tour Canada.  In 2010, the William Inge Theater Festival invited her to direct the world premiere of five of William Inge's lost one-acts that had never before been produced nor published. Karen was creative producer for the United Nation's Deliver Now for Women and Children global campaign featuring Chaka Kahn and Rickie Lake, creative director for the millionwomensheartproject.com launch with Donna Karan, and served President Clinton as project manager for his inaugural Clinton Global Initiative.  She has directed Glamour Magazine's Women of the Year Awards at Carnegie Hall since their 20th anniversary. Seven seasons as Associate Artistic Director of the Old Globe Theater, where her work on such plays as 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 San Diego, San Diego Magazine,) was met with acclaim. In 2011, her alma mater Boston University's School of Theatre Arts, established The Karen Carpenter Award for Excellence in Theater Arts, to be awarded annually for exceptional merit.  Faculty, Yale Drama 1990-1996