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.
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, will be performed in Los Angeles in October 2013 and was recently workshopped at the ATHE Play Development Workshop in Washington, D.C. Previously, she was invited to workshop her first full-length play, Untitled Street Play, at the 2011 Kennedy Center Summer Writing Intensive.
In June and July of 2013 Karen was invited to writing residencies in New York and Paris where she focused on developing her first feature film, Red Wave/Black Sand.