Karen Sunde-Graduate Faculty

Karen Sunde

MFA Writing for Stage and Screen Faculty


email - KarenSunde@nhia.edu
website - Karensunde.com

Playwright/screenwriter Karen Sunde began as an actor. Off-Broadway she performed many leading roles and became Associate Director of CSC Repertory (Classic Stage Company). Her plays have been performed Off-Broadway, in regional theatres, on a USA tour, and in eleven countries and seven languages. Her published plays include Shakespeare’s Dark Lady (produced at the Abbey Theatre, Ireland; the Aalborg State Theatre, Denmark, and optioned for film); Balloon (won three Villager awards Off-Broadway; nominated Best Play by Outer Critics Circle; and aired on Radio France); Haiti: A Dream in a collection of one-acts titled Facing Forward (produced by Seven Stages, Atlanta; aired on WNYC, WHYY, and NPR); To Moscow (premiered at the Ankara National Theatre, Turkey; produced at Chain Lightning, NYC); Oh Wild West Wind in a collection of one-acts titled Rowing to America (produced at Playwrights Theatre of New Jersey). Other plays include Truth Takes a Holiday (which was read at La MaMa, NYC); In A Kingdom By the Sea (produced at Playwrights Theatre of New Jersey); How His Bride Came to Abraham (produced at Playwrights Theatre of New Jersey; Praxis Theatre Project, NYC; and The Unicorn, Kansas City); Anton, Himself (produced at Actors Theatre of Louisville, the Moscow Art Theatre, the Yalta Festival in Russia, Peoples Light and Theatre Company, PA, and NYU); The Fastest Woman Alive (produced at Luna Stage, NJ; Praxis, NYC; and Edinburgh Festival, 2010); Kabuki Othello (produced at People’s Light and Theatre Company and Annenberg Center, Philadelphia; Wisdom Bridge, Chicago and Milwaukee Repertory); Kabuki Lady Macbeth (produced at Chicago Shakespeare Theater and cited for five JEFF Awards, including “Best New Work,” Best Production,” and “Best Direction”); scenes from To Moscow; Anton, Himself; Masha,Too,  and How His Bride Came to Abraham appear in Scenes & Monologs from the Best New Plays. Karen has written plays for Actors Theatre of Louisville, People’s Light and Theatre Company, and The Acting Company, NYC. Achilles toured Hungary, Cyprus, and Japan. She co-wrote the musical Quasimodo, which premiered at the Byrdcliffe Festival, Woodstock, NY, and was produced at the Lahti City Theatre, Finland. For Cheltenham Center, Philadelphia, she wrote La Pucelle (Me & Joan) and Daddy’s Gone A-Hunting (Tracking Blood White). Among plays produced in NYC: for Chain Lightning, she wrote When Real Life Begins; for The Working Theatre, she wrote 2020 Sexcare in Free Market; for NYU’s Tisch School she wrote Please God, No Wedding or Shooting at the End!, produced by Table and Chair Handmade Theatre. She also wrote an opera, The Spa, with composer Michael Dilthey. Her first screenplay, Undercover Patriot, was a finalist at Sundance and optioned. She wrote Parallel Loves for Terra Bella Entertainment, Los Angeles; Boule de Suif (adapted from de Maupassant) for Dace Direction, London; Dream House for Passport Films, NYC; The Fastest Woman Alive for Howard S. Shulman Productions, NYC (optioned); The Secret Ship (optioned); Final Quest: The Mountain of the Gods; Tripping Tammy; Love Hits Earth (& Other Disasters); Next!, Chicks Gotta Swim; and adaptations of her How His Bride Came to Abraham (optioned and in preproduction as The Abraham Film project, sponsored by  IDOC/NA) and In a Kingdom by the Sea (Gold Prize, Hollywood Screenplay Contest). She is the recipient of a McKnight Fellowship, an NDEA Fellowship, the Aide de la Creation award in France, and the Bob Hope Award. She served on the theatre panel of New Jersey Council on the Arts and the new plays panel of the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, and was La MaMa ETC (New York)’s nominee for the Laura Pels/PEN award, is screenplay consultant for Beiber Entertainment Enterprise's production of A B. Yehoshua's A LATE DIVORCE, and consultant on Shia Baitel's Broadway-bound musical, DAMASCUS SQUARE. Karen lives in New York City.  www.karensunde.com