Faculty & Staff

Karen Alvarado
Lecturer, Acting

Actor training is an essential step often skipped when rushing too quickly towards the allure of the stage. The foundations built in training develop both inspiration and form: the virtues of a well-trained actor. It is in this process that the invigorating rush towards experience can be explored in a skillful, safe and truthful manner.

Degrees & Accomplishments
MFA in Acting, Rutgers University, Mason Gross School of the Arts
Acting company member, Bedlam Theatre (NYC)
Member of Actors Equity Association and SAG-AFTRA with representation by Professional Artists LLC (NYC)
Co-artistic director, Thinkery & Verse
Playwright Award, 2022 Sin Muros: A Borderless Teatro Festival, Stages Houston
Topics of Expertise
Meisner Technique
Devised Theater
New Play Development
Military Veterans and the Arts
Latina and Indigenous Representation in the Arts

Karen Alvarado is a theater artist from south Texas with Latina and Indigenous ancestry. Alvarado works as an actress, director, producer, and college instructor. Her artistry draws on Meisner-based acting, Ping Chong + Company methods of devising, Williamson movement, as well as culturally rich and history-inspired storytelling. Alvarado has been an instructor of acting at Rutgers University, George Street Playhouse, NJPAC, Luna Stages, and Poetic Theatre Productions. As an actor, she appeared in repertoire as Thea Elvstead in Hedda Gabler and Camillo in The Winter’s Tale (Bedlam/Irondale Center) as well as playing Mistress Quickly in Bedlam: The Series. More credits include Johnna in August: Osage County (Delaware REP), Penelope in a workshop of The Odyssey (Aquila/Brooklyn Academy of Music), and Hero, Claudio, and Don John in Much Ado About Nothing (Thinkery & Verse). As the co-artistic director of Thinkery & Verse, she has produced the award-winning Transhumance at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe and the critically acclaimed Thou Shalt Not in New Brunswick, New Jersey. Directing credits include Aftershock/La Réplica and Dionysus in America (Austin, Texas), Bride of the Gulf (Edinburgh Festival Fringe), and Ghost Hunt: The Hall-Mills Double Homicide podcast (2 seasons, Buzzsprout).