Karen Vickery trained at NIDA and has worked for Sydney Theatre Company and in commercial theatre productions as well as film, TV and radio. Some TV credits include A Country Practice, All Saints, Rafferty’s Rules, Love My Way and others.
She taught at NIDA for 14 years before coming to Canberra to take up the position of Director of Access and Learning at the National Portrait Gallery.
In Canberra Karen has received multiple awards for both acting and directing.
Some performances include Violet in August Osage County for Free Rain, Joanne in Company for Everyman, multiple roles in The Laramie Project and The Laramie Project: 10 Years Later for Mockingbird, Patricia Highsmith for Pigeonhole Theatre in Switzerland and Mrs Betterton for the company’s production of Playhouse Creatures which toured to Monaco, and to Queensland and Victoria. She was a co-founder of Pigeonhole Theatre, responsible for the repertoire for the company and directed Summer of the Seventeenth Doll. She’s played numerous roles for Canberra Rep, most recently Ma Joad in The Grapes of Wrath and Anna Akhmatova in Woman in the Window.
Further directing credits include It’s All in the Timing for Canberra Youth Theatre, The Normal Heart with Everyman, and Brighton Beach Memoirs at Canberra Rep.
Karen is one of the founders of the newest theatre space in Canberra, ACT Hub. She is director of Chaika Theatre which will be presenting two plays at ACT Hub in 2022.
Karen is thrilled to be reunited with Tony Knight on As You Like It, her first performance for Lakespeare.