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.