Resume for Karen Vaccaro Actor - Director - Acting Coach

Actor - Director - Acting Coach



The Lake House - Featured
Lake House Pic. Dir. Alejandro Agresti

Unconditional Love - Featured
Avery Pix Dir: P. J. Hogan

A Stir Of Echoes - Featured
Cacophony Pictures Dir: David Koepp

**The Opera Lover - Principle
Gifthorse Pictures Dir: Ron Lazeretti & Reno Liberatore

I Do - Principle
Cuz Films Dir: Joe Scudero

Just Visiting - Featured
Hollywood Pictures Dir: Jean-Marie Poiré

U.S. Marshals - Featured
Warner Bros. Films Dir: Stuart Baird

Three Days - Featured
Poya Productions Dir: Adrian Fulle


Prison Break - Featured - FOX

Early Edition - Featured - CBS

Early Edition - Featured - CBS

Missing Persons - Featured - ABC


The Rise and Fall of Little Voice - Sadie
Neil Simon Theater

New York/Off-Broadway

Sin - Helen
Second Stage

Hello From Bertha - Bertha
Clinton Theater Co.

Line Molly
Clinton Theater Co.

Marat/Sade Madam Comier
AMD Theater

Chicago Theater

Richard II - Dutchess of York/Glouster
Actors Revolution

Leaving Iowa - Mom
American Theater Co.

A Lovely Sunday for Creve Couer - Bodey
Northlight Theater

Miss Margarida's Way - Miss Margarida
KV Productions

Sin - Helen
Goodman Theater

*The Rose Tattoo - Serafina
Delle Rose Bailiwick Repertory

Spoon River Anthology - Ensemble
Spirit Expressing

The Rise and Fall of Little Voice - Sadie
Steppenwolf Theater

Romeo & Juliet - Nurse
Steppenwolf Theater

Harvey - Vita, Ethyl, & Betty (u/s)
Steppenwolf Theater

Lend Me a Tenor - Julia
Royal George Theater

Measure for Measure - Mistress Overdone/Francesca
Chicago Shakespeare

***Rupert's Birthday - Louisa
Bailiwick Directors Fest.

Denity Crisis - Edith
Formage Facility Theater Co.

Happy Birthday Joseph K - Carla
Huron Theater

History of the American Film - Eve
Huron Theater

The Runner Stumbles - Mrs. Shandig
Huron Theater

Rupert's Birthday - Louisa
Gare St. Lazare

Chocolate Cake - Ann Marie
Next Theater

*When You Coming Back Red Rider - Angel
Next Theater

*Talking with... - Handler
Next Theater

Waiting for Left - Grady
Chicago Actors Project

Home Free - Joanana
Stormfield Theater

Puntilla & His Hired Man - Sandra
Remains Theater

Threepenny Opera - Lucy Brown
Bailiwick Repertory

White Whore and the Bit Player - Whore
Free Shakespeare Co.

Romeo & Juliet - Nurse
Free Shakespeare Co.

Alls Well That Ends Well - Lavatch (Clown)
Free Shakespeare Co.

The Merry Wives of Windsor - Mistress Quickly
Free Shakespeare Co

* Joseph Jefferson Award

** Best Film Newport Film Festival

*** Best of the Fest Bailiwick Directors Festival

Comercials/Industrial Film

Sega Genisis - Mom

Winston Comedy Break - Housewife


You Are Not Alone - Ensemble Generated
Spirit Expressing Theater

An evening of solo Performances

A Man For All Seasons - Robert Bolt
Spirit Expressing Theater

If Children Still Remember - Adapted by Ed Townley
Spirit Expressing Theater
From a Book by Frank Baum

The Pool At Bethesda - Jay Parks
Spirit Expressing Theater

The Mother - Paddy Chayefsky
Spirit Expressing Theater

Dolores - Edward Allan Baker
Rivendell Theater

The Sleepwalkers Ballad - Federico Garcia Lorca
LaBarraca '90 Theater
Bailiwick Directors Festival - Winner 1991 Best of the Fest

The Sleepwalkers Ballad - Federico Garcia Lorca
Remounted @ Stage Left

The Sleepwalkers Ballad - Federico Garcia Lorca
Remounted at The Blue Rider

Movie Queens - Claudia Allen
The Writers Block at Pegasus

* Eden Court - Murphy Guyer Huron Theater

* Associate Director (Directed by Jennifer Hubbard)


1985 - Present KV Studios

Acting Coach

Provided training to professional actors in the Chicago area. Created, taught and marketed Classes and Private coaching in technique, scene study, Shakespeare, monologues, commercial copy, and career counseling.

October 2006 University Of Illinois Champaign/Urbana

Guest Artist/Instructor

Masters Class in personalization with MFA acting candidates

2004 University Of Illinois Champaign/Urbana

Guest Artist/Instructor/Consultant

One week residency consulting with Director and cast in the creation and development of the original play of Lush Life based on the song of the same title.

2003 University Of Illinois Champaign/Urbana

Guest Artist/Instructor

Two week residency teaching Acting For The Camera. Also led Professional Practices Seminar for MFA acting class.

2002 University Of Illinois Champaign/Urbana

Guest Artist/Instructor

One week residency co-teaching Acting For the Camera with Robert Anderson.

2001 - 2002 Village Theater Guild

Artist in Residence

10 month residency mentoring directors and coaching actors. Also taught classes in basic acting and scene study.

1998 - 2001 Spiriting Expressing Performance Company

Co-Artistic Director/Acting Coach

Provided artistic leadership for the company and directed, and acted in plays. Taught classes in Basic acting, Beginning/Advanced Scene Study and Monologues.

1988 - 2000 Act One Studios

Acting Coach

Taught the following classes: fundamentals of acting, script analysis and character development, scene study, emotional commitment, and Monologues.

Fall - 1997 Tellin' Tales Theatre
At Gallery 37

Acting Coach

Coached acting for a story telling camp at Kinzie Middle School (hearing/hearing impaired) and assisted the Director in mounting a production written and performed by the participants.

Summer - 1996 & 1997 Tellin' Tales At Magic City Camp

Acting Coach/Assistant Director

Taught acting and drama classes to 8 to 12 year old children (able bodied, physically disabled and learning disabled) at Hansen Park School and assisted the director in the mounting and producing a play written by the participants at the Chicago Children's Museum.

1991 - 1993 LaBarraca 90 Theatre

Director of Special Programs

Created, taught and marketed a Professional Acting Training program for deaf actors including technique, scene study and monologues.

1985 - 1988 Huron Theatre Co.

Director of Special Programs

Created a professional actor training program. Responsibilities included: marketing, managing a team of four teachers and teaching.

Created a creative dramatics program for retarded adults through the Center For Rehabilitation And Training Of the Disabled.

1985 Center On Deafness

Acting Coach/Assistant Director

Acting coach for the cast (children and adults both hearing and non-hearing) of Fiddler On The Roof and assisted the director in the mounting of the play both at the Center and in New Orleans.

Education and Training

Kate Buckley

Chicago Shakespeare Theater
(Shakespeare - Language/Text) 1993

Gillian Lane-Plescia

(Voice-9 week intensive) 1993

Julie Reilly

(Acting - Strasberg/Chechov/Meisner Techniques) 1979-1982, 1984, 1989, 1996

Eric Morris

(Acting - Masters Class) 1991

Joanne Sylvestrak

Act One Studios Chicago, IL
(Commercial Technique) 1991

Cecily Barry

(Voice - Masters Class) 1988

Kenneth Branagh

Shakespeare Chicago
(Shakespeare - Masters Class)1988

Kristen Linkletter

Shakespeare and Co. Chicago
(Shakespeare - Masters Class)1988

Edward Petherbridge National Theater
of Great Britian

(Shakespeare - Masters Class)1987

Jose Quentero

Columbia University NYC
(Scene Study) 1980

William Mount

Lincoln Center NYC
(Singing) 1979 - 1982

Margo Lewition

Interart Theater NYC
(Acting) 1979

Illinois State University

Normal, IL
(B. S. Acting and Directing) 1975 - 1978

Millikin University

Decatur, IL
(Acting) 1974