The big news in this area is that I am taking a sabbatical from theater and teaching.  For the next year or two or five, I will be focusing on my ceramic and metal work here at the Toshiko Takaezu Studio.  Of course, if the itch to do theater becomes too strong or someone offers me a dream project I'll let you know-loud and proud!



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 hiatus from theater and teaching, but has been 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.


Performance Resume

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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




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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5 Little Monkeys (National Tour)    Director     Adventure Theater



Cat in the Hat     Director/Choreographer        Adventure Theater

Big Love              Director/Choreographer        Montgomery College



5 Little Monkeys   Director/Choreographer     Adventure Theater



If You Give a Cat a Cupcake Movement & Dance Chor. Adventure Th.

                                                                                     Jerry Whiddon

The Tempest                       Movement Choreographer Montgomery 

                                                                                     College, MD

                                                                                      Sasha Olinick


Shipwrecked                       Movement Choreographer Everyman Th.

                                                                                      Derek Goldman

If You Give a Pig a Pancake       Movement & Dance Choreo    Adventure Th.

                                                                                                                Jerry  Whiddon

Around the World in 80 Days     Movement & Fight Choreo        Round House Th

                                                                                     Nick Olcott

Midsummer Nights Dream         Fight & Slapstick Choreo          Mont. College,        

                                                                                                                  KenYatta Rogers

She Loves Me                                 Director                                         Mont. College

Much Ado About Nothing             Dance & Slapstick Choreo.      GWU, DC 

                                                                                                                    Alan Wade


House of Blue Leaves                  Movement & Slapstick                Mont. College, 

                                                                                                                   Jessica Lefkow

6 Characters In Search of an Author   Movement & Fight            Georgetown U 

                                                                                                                    Derek Goldman

Rocky Horror Show                      Dance & Fight Choreo                Mont. College,

                                                                                                                   Roberta Gasbarre

Little Shop of Horrors                 Puppet & Fight Choreo                GWU, DC, 

                                                                                                           Elizabeth Kitsos-Kang

Knights of Glory                            Fight Choreography                      Artstream

Domestic Snakes                         Director                                           Capitol Fringe 

                                                                                                                    Festival, DC

Go Dog Go                                       Director                                          Adventure Theatre


Far Far Oasis                                 Choreography                               Happenstance Th

Pentecost                                       Choreography                               Georgetown U. 

                                                                                                                    Tim Raphael

Nightingale                                     Choreography                              Childrens Chorus

                                                                                                                   of Washington

                                                                                                                   Mary Hall Surface

If You Give a Mouse a Cookie    Movement                                       Adventure Th. 

                                                                                                                   Jerry Whiddon

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. 








                  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

                                                      to 2013)

                                                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)

                                                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