Karen Dee Carpenter attended Tyler School of Art in Philadelphia and graduated with a B.F.A. degree in Painting. Her artwork has been exhibited internationally and she has been the recipient of numerous awards including a Partners of the Americas Travel Grant for an exhibition of her paintings in Brazil. Her paintings are part of the collections of the Época Gallery, in Salvador, Bahia and the University of Delaware Permanent Collection among others.
Karen received her M.F.A degree in Film and Media Arts at Temple University. She has produced several short films for which she has received Pennsylvania Council on the Arts Fellowships in both Filmmaking and Screenwriting. Her film, My Scarlet Letter, was awarded “Best Graduate Film” by five festivals, including the Hamptons International Film Festival, and has screened at festivals internationally, including Torino, Palm Beach, and Brooklyn International. This film was also a Finalist in the Akira Kurosowa Memorial Foundation competition and had a national theatrical release as part of the GenArt/Acura Screening series. Her subsequent film, Sarah + Dee, was honored with the prestigious Princess Grace Award and screened at several festivals, including Aspen Shortsfest, Newport Beach International and Mill Valley Film Festival. Currently, her short film You Try Living Here is on the festival circuit and most recently screened at the New York City Independent, New Filmmakers NY, Chicago Arthouse and San Antonio. She is currently in development on her feature film, The Measure of She (and other aesthetics).
Karen’s screenplays have been finalists in American Gem Short Script Competition and CineStory Screenwriting Awards and she was invited to participate in the IFP Film Market with the feature-length script, Pick-Up. Her short theatrical play, You Try Living Here, was workshopped at the ATHE Play Development Workshop in Washington, D.C. and performed in Los Angeles in as part of FRESH PRODUC’D LA. Previously, Karen was invited to workshop her full-length play, The Lamentable Tragedie of Darcy Robinson, at the Kennedy Center Summer Writing Intensive and will have staged readings at the Fountain Theater and The Road Theater in Los Angeles in 2017.
In December 2016 Karen has been invited to participate in the Nautilus Composer-Librettist Workshop at The Theater @ Boston Court under the direction of Ben Krywosz and Pulitzer Prize nominated composer Roger Ames.