Karen Eleanor Wight

Actor / Improviser / Teacher


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March 2017

Karen will be performing in two short plays as part of THE FUTURE IS FEMALE FESTIVAL, a nationwide festival taking place in 18 cities and 26 theaters for Women’s History month! Click HERE for more info!

March 22, 2017

The 29th Street Playwrights Collective and Goddard Riverside are teaming up to produce an evening of staged readings of 10-minute plays by women playwrights and directors. Wednesday, March 22, at 7pm, at the Bernie Wohl Center, 647 Columbus Ave between 91st and 92nd Streets.

March 23-April 20, 2017

Karen will be teaching Move it!, an Improv 4 class series at Magnet Theater! Click HERE for more info!

April 9, 2017

Karen will be playing Margaret in The Queens Company's reading of "Much Ado About Nothing" by William Shakespeare on April 9 at 2pm at ART/NY Studio B, 520 8th Ave, 3rd floor, NYC. Tickets are free and very limited! To reserve your seats send an email to reservations@queenscompany.org and leave your name and number of seats desired.

May 2-7, 2017

Karen will be playing Clara in On the Road Repertory Company's production of "The Show Off" by George Kelly at TBG Theatre! Click HERE for tickets! ("OTRDiscount" for $10 off tickets) Click HERE for more info!

"I respectfully recommend that you commit to memory the name of Karen Eleanor Wight. There will be a day, I predict, when every member of the theater-going public will know it, and on that day will use it as a reason to shell out a hundred bucks to see a show. It will be good for you to get in on the ground floor, and to see her before prices get astronomical."
--Tim Treanor, DCtheatrescene.com


Karen Eleanor Wight hails from Ada, Oklahoma, and originated the role of Toadpipe in the Off-Broadway production and Off-West End productions of C.S. Lewis' The Screwtape Letters. Favorite regional roles include: Olivia (Twelfth Night), Celia (As You Like It), Katherine (Henry V), Bianca (Othello) Gladys (The Pajama Game), Alaura/Carla (City of Angels) Weird Sister/Lady Macbeth (Macbeth). National tour: Tiger Lily/Liza, understudy for Peter Pan and Wendy (Peter Pan). Currently, Karen is active as a founding member of On the Road Repertory theatre company helmed by Alice Spivak and continues working on her one-woman short play, Use Your Words! directed by Melissa Attebery.

Karen has been improvising for 17 years and is one-half of the long-form, 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 (five times!), Austin's OOB Fest, Philly Duofest, Oberlin Improv Conference, San Francisco Improv Festival, Miami Improv Fest, and Second City in LA, and many others. In addition to performing, Karen has taught improv at Magnet Theater in NYC and at festivals nationally and internationally.