Karen Dee Carpenter 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 Fellowships in both Filmmaking and Screenwriting. Her film, My Scarlet Letter, has screened at festivals internationally and was awarded “Best Graduate Film” by five festivals.
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. Recently, her short film You Try Living Here was on the festival circuit and screened at the New York City Independent, NewFilmmakers NY, Chicago Arthouse and San Antonio Film Festival.
Karen is currently developing her first feature film, The Measure of She (and other aesthetics). This story is inspired by events and characterizations from the Diederik Stapel scientific misconduct scandal.
Karen's full-length play, Street Play, was a Semifinalist for the 2018 O'Neill American Playwright's Conference and previously workshopped at the Kennedy Center Summer Writing Intensive. Her short play, You Try Living Here, was selected for the ATHE Play Development Workshop in Washington, D.C. and had a workshop performance at The Other Space Theater in Los Angeles. This play was published by Leicester Bay Theatricals in 2017 as part of the New Play Development Workshop anthology of new works.
In December 2016 Karen was 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. Through this experience Karen wrote several libretti, which included "Muse of the Underworld" which is currently being developed as a virtual reality opera. This project was chosen to be presented at Stereopsia, an international symposium held in Brussels in December 2017.