Karin Abromaitis works in many areas of Theatre. She has extensive credits as a Performer, Director, Movement Consultant, Stage Combat Choreographer, and Dance Choreographer. Since 1984, she as worked primarily in the Washington, DC metro area, but has worked all over the United States and abroad.
Ms. Abromaitis has been on stage at Horizon’s Theatre, DCAC, New Playwrights Theatre, Small Beer Theatre, Goosebump Theatre, Round House Theater Silver Spring, and the Edinburgh Festival, among others. At the Kennedy Center she has been in The Gift of Giving, The Yellow Boat, and The Reluctant Dragon. Awards received include the Mary Goldwater Award for Idioglossia, as well as other awards for her solo Movement Theatre pieces: White Noise/2, White Noise/3, and Domestic Snakes.
Karin is a dynamic, exuberant workshop presenter and teacher. She is currently on the faculty of George Washington University and the Theatre Lab, and teaches frequently at Georgetown University, Montgomery College and the Theatre Lab. As an Artist/Educator, she travelled around the country leading teacher workshops for the Kennedy Center from 1999-2007. All across the United States, her workshops and classes have inspired thousands of participants to begin or deepen their personal search into their creative lives. Her classes in physical performance skills for the actor, movement consulting, coaching and fight choreography have been presented throughout the DC metro area and across the US, most recently with Round House Theatre, Everyman Theater, ACTCo, YPT, Tsunami, Woolly Mammoth, and Imagination Stage. Her training includes 15 years of dance, 5 years of mime and mask training, and stage combat training with the Society of American Fight Directors.
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Gnadiges Fraulein Cocalooney Bird WSC, Jay Hardee, VA
Portrait of a Madonna Nurse/Dream Woman WSC, Lynn Sharp Spears
Tales of Courage & Poultry
Arlecchino Capital Fringe Fest., DC
Memoria Brassica Artist Blind Date Source Theatre Festival, DC
Memoria Br assica Collaborator Cabaret Re Re-Voltaire
Cabarett Coo Coo Cantatrice Capitol Fringe Fest, DC
The Crusty Bakers Ensemble Creative Alliance, Quest Fest
Politics & Petticoats Ensemble Wash. Women in Theatre, DC
That Takes Ovaries Ensemble Horizons Theatre, VA
Fulcrum I Ensemble Membrane, Corcoran Gallery, DC
Emma’s Child Frannie Stornant Horizon’s Theatre, VA
Materia Buffoonica Buffoon Membrane, at DCAC
Tompte, Trolls, and Gnomes Ensemble Discovery Theatre, DC
Domestic Snakes Original Solo Work Theatre Project, Balt, MD
The Yellow Boat Ensemble Kennedy Center, DC
The Reluctant Dragon Darby Kennedy Center, DC
The Gift of Giving Marcia Kennedy Center, DC
Idioglossia Nell New Playwrights' Theatre, DC
Clowns Clown Castle ArtsTheatre, Edinburgh Festival, Scotland
Mister Roger’s Neighborhood Mime (day player) Washington, DC (1986?)
Theatre Plexus Company Member Regional Tour
Lorenzaccio Maiden Hamburger Staatsoper Germany
EDUCATION and TRAINING:
B.A. Theatre Arts, 1976, University of Minnesota
Theatre: Wes Balk, Living Stage Workshop, Rebecca Rice, Julie Portman, Ryszard Cieslak (Grotowski)
Voice: Margaret Riddleburger
Mime/Mask/Clown: Wolfram Mehring (Decroux), Louis Dezseran, Jack Guidone, Theatre Plexus, Leonard Pitt, Dody DiSanto (Lecoq), Ronlin Foreman, Daniel Stein
Stage Combat: Lory Leshin, Society of American Fight Directors National Stage Combat Workshop
Dance: Lisa Boehm, Penny Dudleston, Karen Kristen, Bick Goss, Donna Rizzo, RDT, MDT
Mime, juggling, clowning, circus skills, trapeze, mask work, stage combat, choreography, rock climbing, fluent German, pottery
AWARDS: Best of Showcase, International Movement Theatre Festival, Phil, PA, 1989
Best of Showcase, Mid-Atlantic Movement Theatre Festival, 1989
Mary Goldwater Award for Idioglossia, 1988
Nominee for Best Actress, Source Theatre Festival, 1986
Directing & Choreography Resume
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If You Give a Cat a Cupcake Movement & Dance Chor. Adventure Th.
The Tempest Movement Choreographer Montgomery
Shipwrecked Movement Choreographer Everyman Th.
If You Give a Pig a Pancake Movement & Dance Choreo Adventure Th.
Around the World in 80 Days Movement & Fight Choreo Round House Th
Midsummer Nights Dream Fight & Slapstick Choreo Mont. College,
She Loves Me Director Mont. College
Much Ado About Nothing Dance & Slapstick Choreo. GWU, DC
House of Blue Leaves Movement & Slapstick Mont. College,
6 Characters In Search of an Author Movement & Fight Georgetown U
Rocky Horror Show Dance & Fight Choreo Mont. College,
Little Shop of Horrors Puppet & Fight Choreo GWU, DC,
Knights of Glory Fight Choreography Artstream
Domestic Snakes Director Capitol Fringe
Go Dog Go Director Adventure Theatre
Far Far Oasis Choreography Happenstance Th
Pentecost Choreography Georgetown U.
Nightingale Choreography Childrens Chorus
Mary Hall Surface
If You Give a Mouse a Cookie Movement Adventure Th.
Go Dog Go Director Adventure Th.
Artistic Associate with Horizons Theatre, and a company member of Membrane Ensemble Theatre.
Actor's Co-op: Co-founder of this Community Theatre in 1978, in Jackson, WY.
Dancers' Workshop and the Workshop Company: Served as Resident Choreographer and Instructor from 1978-84. Co-founder of the Workshop Company, a professional Dance company.
PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS: SSDC, ATME
EDUCATION: St. Olaf College, Northfield, MN 1971-1973
University of Hamburg, Germany 1973-1974
B.A. Theater Arts/German Literature, University of Minnesota, 1976
EXPERIENCE: As instructor or coach for classes and workshops in Acting, Mime, Mask, Theatre Movement, Clowning, Stage Combat, Directing, Playwriting, Scene Study, and Musical Theatre, for Professional Theaters, Universities, Private and Public Schools, After-school Programs, and Summer Camps.
IUGTE, Austria, 2010
Quest Fest, 2008
George Washington University, Washington, DC (1998
Kennedy Center, Washington, DC (2000-2007)
Georgetown University, DC (2003-present)
Theatre Lab, Washington DC
Quest-Arts for Everyone, Washington, DC
Educational Theatre Company, VA
ACTCo, Washington, DC
YPT, Washington, DC
Woolly Mammoth Theatre, DC
Hathaway Brown School, Shaker Heights, OH
Wilson High School, Washington DC
Tsunami Theatre Company, Washington, DC
Mid-Atlantic Movement Theatre Festival, Towson, MD
St. Andrew's Episcopal School, Bethesda, MD
Center Stage, Baltimore, MD
American Playwright's Theatre, Washington, DC
Studio Theatre, Washington, DC
Towson State University, Towson, MD (part-time Faculty)
University of Maryland, College Park, MD
University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN
Round House Theatre, Silver Spring, MD
Duke Ellington School of the Arts, Washington, DC
Jewish Community Center, Rockville, MD
Stone Ridge High School, Bethesda, MD
Capitol Hill Arts Workshop, Washington DC
Missoula Children's Theatre, Missoula, MT
2002: Workshop Presenter: Cleveland State University and Playhouse Square Foundation, Stories Out of Mud: Creative Approaches to Writing, Professional Development for Teachers
2000-2007: Workshop presenter for the Kennedy Center, Professional Development for Teachers
2000, 2003 & 2005: Workshop presenter, PLAA-Physical Language Analysis for Actors, AATE Conference, ATHE/ATME Washington, DC, NYC, San Francisco.
1994: Workshop leader for In Search of the Fool, for the National Family Therapists Conference, Washington, DC
1979-80, and 1983-84: Artist-in-the-Schools, Wyoming Council on the Arts for Teton County, WY.
As instructor of seminars in Creative Dramatics for the Classroom:
Virginia Association for Early Childhood Development, Arlington, VA
George Mason University, Fairfax, VA
Wyoming State Education Association Conference, Casper, WY
Teton County Teacher In-Service training, WY
Douglas, Wyoming School District, Teacher In-Service