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Karen Balcome

Karen Balcome

Karen is an Ottawa-based theatre creator, community artist and educator. She is co-creator of THUNK!theatre with Geoff McBride, and has worked with Gruppo Rubato, New Theatre of Ottawa, Salamander Theatre, Skeleton Key Theatre, STO Union and, most recently, dancer Kara Nolte. Karen has lead theatre workshops, courses and community projects for the Ottawa Children’s Theatre, the City of Ottawa’s Community Arts and Special Needs programs, and the Ottawa School of Speech & Drama’s Our Stories outreach program. Karen has trained with Calgary’s One Yellow Rabbit and London’s Oily Cart Theatre and holds a BA in Collective Creation and Playwriting from York University.

Writing Out Loud

Blog post 5 – April 12, 2016 by Karen Balcome Somerset West Community Health Centre When I first began this Art Place Project, I wanted to explore writing with the … Read More / Suite

Embracing ‘the awkward’

Blog post 4 – March 31, 2016 by Karen Balcome Somerset West Community Health Centre I am currently reading Amy Poehler’s biography Yes Please. In it, the writer, actress, producer … Read More / Suite

What is theatre?

Blog post 3 – March 29, 2016 by Karen Balcome Somerset West Community Health Centre Each time I facilitate a theatre workshop with a new group of students or in … Read More / Suite

Youth Writing Explorations at Somerset West Community Health Centre

Blog post 2 – March 16, 2016 by Karen Balcome Somerset West Community Health Centre In our early sessions at Somerset West Community Health Centre, the youth expressed their perspectives … Read More / Suite

Youth Storytelling and Theatre Creation at Somerset West Community Health Centre: Week One

Blog post 1 – Jan 26, 2016 by Karen Balcome Somerset West Community Health Centre   I had a great first week with the youth at Somerset West Community Health … Read More / Suite