Karen Eleanor Wight is a NYC-based actress, dancer, improviser, and teacher. She most recently co-starred in the Off-Broadway production of "The Screwtape Letters", a two-person play in which she created and performed the role of a demon-creature, Toadpipe, as well as 7 additional characters all portrayed using physical transformation. Karen also performed "The Screwtape Letters" at the Lansburgh Theatre in DC and on tour to cities including San Francisco, Louisville, Phoenix, Austin, and Houston. Karen has been improvising for 17 years and is one-half of the wordless improv duo Imp with Asaf Ronen--think Chaplin meets Looney Tunes. Imp performs long-form improv at festivals around the country including the Mainstage at CIF and the Del Close Marathon. Imp has headlined at the Seattle Festival of Improv Theatre ('05 - '08), Austin's OOB Fest, Oberlin Improv Conference, San Francisco Improv Festival (Shaun Landry, Artistic Director), Providence Improv Fest, Miami Improv Fest, and Second City in LA (Dave Razowsky, Artistic Director) and many others. Karen is also a founding member of goga and The Greenstone Players. In addition to performing, Karen teaches improv at festivals nationally and internationally including Seattle, Toronto, New Zealand, Austin, Baltimore, Providence, Oberlin, Miami, and Los Angeles. For clowning and corporel mime, she has studied with Christopher Bayes (of Julliard, Kennedy Center, and NYU) and Christopher Eaves (student of Marcel Marceau) respectively.
"At the risk of sounding irrationally hyperbolic...the first time I saw Karen perform (with the wonderful Asaf Ronen) I was moved, transported to a different time, place and sensibility. Her art is graceful, smart, challenging and aware. There are very few actors who improvise that can pull that off. She is one of my favorites in a field of many."
- David Razowsky
"Karen Wight's understanding of movement and physicality adds another dimension to improvisational comedy. Getting trapped in a 'talking heads' scene becomes impossible after working with her. Her teaching style is gentle and direct, a completely unintimidating introduction to the world of physical comedy. "
- Jill Bernard, Director of Education Twin Cities Improv Festival, Minneapolis MN