Karen Vickery graduated from NIDA in Acting in 1983. Since then, she has performed in all media and for many companies including Sydney Theatre Company, Belvoir, commercial theatre, ABC TV and Radio dramas, and commercial television. Karen was Lecturer in History of Theatre, Film and Applied Arts at NIDA from 1996. She worked in this capacity until the end of 2011, after becoming Head of Performance Practices in 2006.
Karen has translated Russian plays for NIDA, WAAPA, Belvoir, Sydney Theatre Company and Sport for Jove and worked as a dramaturg specialising in Chekhov and Gorky.
Since arriving in Canberra, Karen has played M’Lynn in Canberra Rep’s production of Steel Magnolias, and Violet Weston in Free Rain’s August: Osage County. Subsequently, Karen played Lady Bracknell in The Importance of Being Earnest and Beatrice in A View From The Bridge for Rep, and Joanne in Sondheim’s Company with Everyman Theatre at the Q.
Karen has also tutored in acting at Canberra Youth Theatre and directed CYT Senior Ensemble in David Ives’ All in the Timing as part of Studio Underground. She is on the Board of CYT. She also directed The Normal Heart for Everyman Theatre last year.
Karen is enormously proud to be a founder of Pigeonhole Theatre with Jordan Best and Liz Bradley and played Mrs Betterton in their inaugural multi-award winning production of Playhouse Creatures which tours to Monaco later this year.
Karen is the Director of Learning and Visitor Experience at the wonderful National Portrait Gallery.