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Karen Knox is an actor, writer, and director based in Toronto. Karen studied acting at the fancy ass U.K drama school L.A.M.D.A. She plays “Veronica Vale” in the critically acclaimed award winning series BARBELLE – for which she has also received several nominations for best actor (T.O Webfest, and Bilbao Series Fest). She also plays Shaid in the Ubisoft Starfox reboot: Starlink. She has made that hot cash money working as an actor and writer for the following companies: Shaftesbury, Smokebomb, CBC, Ubisoft, Mad Ruk, Muse Entertainment, and Ithentic.
As a director Karen’s film, The Case of the Massey Bodice Ripping, premiered at the Cannes Intentional Film Festival’s Short Film Corner, was nominated for best short at the Grand Budapest Film Festival, and won best short film at the Venice Short Film Festival in 2018. She continues to develop a body of work that subverts traditional narratives – through the female gaze – with an aesthetic that draws from French impressionism and Gucci adds. Karen loves Peter Greenaway and likes to believe that if he were a 27 year old woman living in Toronto – he would be making films that are similar to the ones she is currently making.
Karen has written season one and two of the smash hit series BARBELLE (Kinda TV, Amazon Prime, Revry, Bell Fibe TV1) along with creative partner Gwenlyn Cumyn. The show has played at digital festivals around the world racking up several awards & nominations in acting, writing, and production including a MIP TV CANNES nomination for best LGBTQ+ series. Knox wrote and produced the TIFF 2018 official selection short film THE FATES for the TIFF x INSTAGRAM competition. It has been described as a feminist horror fable - you should watch it, it might make you throw up. Other selected writing credits include: Damage Control (Boss & Co) , Case of The Massey Bodice Ripping (Boss & Co), and For the Record (Ithentic).
Her production company, Boss & Co has produced work that has screened around the world at film festivals including Cannes, OutFest LA, TO Webfest, The Pilot Light Festival, and Stareable Festival NYC.
On stage Karen has performed across Canada, as well as in London’s West End. Selected theatre credits include: Stupid Fucking Bird (Vinetta Stromberg/Pop Up Theatre), The world premiere of John Patrick Shanley’s A Woman is a Secret (Andrew Shaver/Theatre Centre), Venus in Fur (Sam Gibbs/Tristian Bates Theatre U.K), The Things We Do For Love (Laurie Stevens/Odyssey Theatre) for which she received a Rideau Award Nomination for Best Actress, and Taming of the Shrew (Tyrone Savage/The Storefront Theatre). In 2012 she co wrote and directed the critically acclaimed The Loyalists for Single Thread, voted Toronto’s best immersive and site specific theatre company in NOW Magazine. In September of 2014 she directed Single Thread’s production of Much Ado About Nothing at Toronto’s historic Spadina House. ̌
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