Karen Robinson

Toronto, ON

Last updated: February 20, 2019

Before they arrived at the NAC for rehearsals, we asked a few questions to the members of the 2014-15 Ensemble about themselves.

1)      What are you working on over the summer?
My garden.  Schitt's Creek, a new CBC sitcom starring Eugene Levy and Catherine O'Hara that premieres  in January of 2015 and Corner Gas: The Movie.

2)      What are you looking most forward to when you arrive at the NAC?
Dunno really.  Trying to remain open-hearted about whatever comes my way.

3)      How did you get involved in acting?
Youngest of four.  My parents thought it was maybe a personality quirk, definitely a phase.  BOOM!

4)      What’s the most interesting thing that has happened to you on stage?
That moment when all invested elements align. There is a circle of communication between actors and audience, behind-the-scenes is a well-executed ballet, the breathing is deep and relaxed, and the angels attend. And conversely, that moment when nothing works, despite everyone's best efforts.  It's all interesting.

Raised in: Kingston, Jamaica | Based in: Toronto, ON

For the NAC:

Saint Carmen of The Main (co-production with Canadian Stage), nativity, Romeo & Juliet, Belle (Factory Theatre), The Play’s The Thing (co-production with Soulpepper).


Minotaur (Young People’s Theatre – Dora Mavor Moore Award Outstanding Ensemble nomination);Pacamambo (Canadian Repertory Theatre); The Gravitational Pull of Bernice Trimble (ObsidianTheatre/Factory Theatre); Intimate Apparel (Alberta Theatre Projects - Betty Mitchell Award nomination); The Africa Trilogy (Volcano Theatre/Luminato Festival); If We Were Birds (Tarragon Theatre); Stuff Happens (Studio 180/Mirvish Productions); Eternal Hydra (Crow’s Theatre - Dora Mavor Moore Award nomination); Doubt, a parable (Citadel Theatre - Sterling Award); The Tempest (Canadian Stage); 'da KINK in my hair (US & UK - NAACP Best Ensemble Award); Shakespeare’s Universe, Harlem Duet, The Duchess of Malfi, Agamemnon (Stratford Festival).


Film/TV: The Gospel According to the Blues (Gemini nomination), Ghett'A Life (Salento Int'l Film Fest Best Actress Award), King, Working the Engels, Saving Hope, Lars and the Real Girl, H2O, Slings and Arrows. Upcoming: Schitt's Creek (CBC); Corner Gas: The Movie.

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