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Karen Getz

KAREN GETZ is a Philadelphia-based theater maker whose primary disciplines are choreography and interactive, improvisational theater. She makes dances for "conventional" musicals, theater, and her own comic-actors' ballets. No matter the discipline, her focus is unearthing the innate dance-language of the piece, creating the honest vocabulary which drives story and reveals character - be it straight on, smiling wings and pullbacks or hunched and darting head bobs and finger darts. She loves making folks laugh.

Current creative focus: Goosegirl - an interactive, solo dance work about a magical, human goose - and AWAKE - a reworking of The A.I. Project, a comic-actors' ballet about a lonely artificially intelligent robot who might just be The Maitreya Buddha.


Bio


Karen doing improv

KAREN GETZ is a Philadelphia-based theater maker whose primary disciplines are choreography and interactive, improvisational theater. She is the recipient of two Philadelphia Theatre Initiative Grants (Suburban Love Songs and The A.I. Project), an Independence Foundation Fellowship (Suburban Love Songs), 3 Barrymore Awards for Excellence in Theater (Suburban Love Songs 2008@1812 Productions (Best Choreography and Best Ensemble) and HAIR @The Prince Music Theater 2007(Best Choreography) and A League of Cincinnati Theater’s Award (Cecily and Gwendolyn’s Fantastical Cincinnati Anthropological Inquisitorial Probe 2012- (Best Improv.)

For the past 20 years Karen has set choreography for scores of shows in the Philadelphia theater community and regionally. Her most recent choreography for the stage includes: Fiddler on The Roof at Virginia Rep,Spring Awakening at The University of The Arts, The Pirates of Penzance and Little Women at Bristol Riverside Theater, Dessa Rose, a co-production between CenterStage and The Firehouse Theatre Project, in Richmond, Va., Twelfth Night at The Philadelphia Shakespeare Festival and Our Class at The Wilma Theater.

Karen is a passionate advocate and ambassador for the art of improvisational theater and its potential for creating an immediate community through guided and elevated play. She was a member of Comedysportz Philly for 18 years and part of the 5 member, long-form ensemble Lunchlady Doris during its 12 year life span. She and co-CSZ and LLD member, Kelly Jennings, traveled the world as Cecily Marlborough (Jennings) and Gwendolyn Hamm (Getz). Cec and Gwen are time-traveling Victorian cultural anthropologists collecting data on human cultures (in an attempt to save them from a scheduled, prophylactic annihilation) in the gently interactive, improvisational science/theater lab known as Cecily and Gwendolyn’s Fantastical…

As an actor in her adopted city, Philadelphia, she’s worked with Pig Iron, The Lantern Theater, The Philadelphia Shakespeare Festival, Act II Playhouse, Flashpoint Theater, Theater Ariel, 1812 Productions, SwimPony and Tapestry Theater. She worked in Los Angeles for almost a decade as a choreographer, actor, dancer and ass’t choreographer, appearing in over 20 major films and television shows. Yes, she’s that naughty gum-chewing dancer in Dirty Dancing. She can also be heard as the linguistically athletic side kick, Dotty on the ongoing radio/web series, The Adventures of Martha Manning.

The AI Project

In The Works: Goosegirl- An interactive, solo dance piece about a magical human/goose and AWAKE (a reworking of The A.I. Project), a comic-actors’ ballet about a lonely, artificially intelligent robot who might just be The Buddha.


Suburban Love Songs


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Choreography


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KAREN GETZ is a Philadelphia-based theater choreographer. She is the recipient of two Philadelphia Theatre Initiative Grants (Suburban Love Songs and The A.I. Project) an Independence Foundation Fellowship (Suburban Love Songs) and 3 Barrymore Awards for Excellence in Theater (Suburban Love Songs 2008@1812 Productions(Best Choreography and Best Ensemble) and HAIR @The Prince Music Theater 2007(Best Choreography)

Suburban Love Songs isan Age of Aquarius take on Igmar Bergman’s “Smiles on a Summer Night.” On an extraordinary evening in 1968, eight middle-aged suburbanites unearth hidden desires and secret passions over martinis, twister and a grapefruit to the strains of Sergio Mendez, Tom Jones and Herb Alpert.

Disco Descending, based on the myth of Orpheus, catches up with the same characters 10 years later as they battle death and heartbreak in a cocaine fueled, platformed shoed, hell.

AWAKE (formerly The A.I. Project) examines the beauty of human imperfection as an abandoned, artificially intelligent robot (who may be the incarnation of The Bodhisattva Maitreya) looks for connection and communion in the storage room of a government research lab.

For the past 20 years, Karen has set choreography for scores of shows in The Philadelphia Community and regionally. Her most recent choreography for the stage includes: Fiddler on The Roof (VA Rep-upcoming Fall, 2013), Spring Awakening at The University Of The Arts (October, 2013), The Pirates of Penzance and Little Women at Bristol Riverside Theater, Dessa Rose, a co-production between CenterStage and The Firehouse Theatre Project, in Richmond, Va, Twelfth Night at The Philadelphia Shakespeare Festival, Our Class at The Wilma, The Big Bang at The Kimmel Center, the premier of Club California at Arcadia University and the premiere of A Passing Wind at The Philadelphia International Festival of the Arts. She is also working on the next phase of her ballet, AWAKE and on a new ballet; an interactive, solo dance work loosely based on Swan Lake, about a magical human/goose who prefers the ways of the bird.


Resume: Choreography


Year Title Theater Producer/Theater Director
2013 WOW Awards DWP/TD Bank Tour Fran Brookes
Fiddler on The Roof VA. Rep Richard Parison
The Pirates Of Penzance Bristol Riverside Keith Baker
Spring Awakenings UArts Rick Stoppleworth
2012 Big Bang Kimmel Center Richard Parison
Behind The Eye Gas & Electric Arts Lisa Jo Epstein
Our Class The Wilma Theater Blanka Zizka
2011 A Passing Wind PIFA @ The Kimmel Seth Rozin
Little Women Bristol Riverside Susan Atkinson
Club California Arcadia University Kevin Glaccum
2010 Romeo and Juliet The Arden Matt Pfeiffer
Fiddler on The Roof Rowan University Lane Savadove
Nerve Azuka Theatre Kevin Glaccum
Why I am Scared of... 1812 Productions Harriet Powers
The A.I. Project+ Bristol Riverside Theater Karen Getz
2009 Cabaret Temple University Brenna Geffers
The Rocky Horror... Arcadia University Kevin Glaccum
2008 Cherry Bomb 1812 Productions Jennifer Childs
Suburban Love Songs*+ 1812 Productions Karen Getz
Hedwig and The Angry... Azuka Theatre Kevin Glaccum
Disco Descending Philadelphia Live Arts Karen Getz
Master Harold And... The Lantern Theater David O'Conner
Baby Villanova University Peter Reynolds
2007 HAIR* Prince Music Theater Richard Parison
2006 Suburban Love Songs+# Phiadelphia Live Arts... Karen Getz
2005 The Big Bang^ Act II Playhouse Richard Parison
Whores Interact Theater Seth Rozin
2004 Always A Lady 1812 Productions Jen Childs
2003 Bat Boy The Musical^ 1812 Productions Jen Childs
Hands Across Veronica Eternal Spiral Deborah Seif
2002 A Midsummer Night's... Philly Shakes. Dennis Delaney
2001 Measure for Measure Philly Shakes. Harriet Powers
2000 Romeo and Juliet^ Philly Shakes. Tazwell Thompson
Metamorphosis Azuka Theatre Raelle Myrick-Hodges
A Winter's Tale Philly Shakes. David Ingram
1999 Box Office of the Damned 1812 Productions Jen Childs/Pete Pryor
Bermuda Avenue Triangle Act II Playhouse Jen Childs
1997 A Midsummer Night's... The Arden Aaron Posner
Whores Interact Theater Seth Rozin

*- WINNER- Barrymore Award - Excellence in Theater - Outstanding Choreography

^- NOMINEE- Barrymore Award - Excellence in Theater - Outstanding Choreography

+ Recipient of PHiladelphia Theater Initiative Grant

# Recipient of Independence Foudnation Fellowship


Reviews


James Sugg and Heather Murphy in The AI Project
The AI Project

Suburban Love Songs: 1812 Productions April, 2008

  1. City Paper April, 2008 Mark Cofta
  2. State Magazine Online April, 2008
  3. Philadelphia Inquirer, April 11, 2008 Howard Shapiro
  4. Phillyist April, 2008
  5. Broad Street Review April, 2008
  6. Philadelphia Weekly April, 2008 (scroll down to second review)

Fiddler on The Roof - VA Rep

  1. Times Dispatch
  2. Richmond Family Mag
  3. Richmond.com

Little Women - Bristol Riverside Theater


Nerve - Azuka Theater

"Nerve ’s quick-witted dialogue is reminiscent of the banter heard in the romantic film comedies of yesterday, but the play boasts a modern sensibility. A multi- discipline work that incorporates charmingly bizarre dance sequences ( Karen Getz’s over-the-top choreography is hilarious) and puppetry, Szymkowicz balances the line between fantasy and reality. Kevin Glaccum’s sure-handed direction manages Nerve's various elements nicely and DelMarcelle and Walton are excellent at evoking the chemistry between their characters.”

J. Cooper Rob

Read more: http://www.philadelphiaweekly.com/arts-and-culture/stage/Nerve.html#ixzz35Wd7EeXK


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E: Karen@Karengetz.com

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