Karen Montanaro

Energy ! Imagination ! Focus !

Karen MontanaroVideo link to school program

Karen's assembly performances captivate audiences of all ages. They are a triumph of athleticism, artistry and imagination. Karen blends the art forms of mime and dance to 'tell' stories through movement. Her stories may be dramatic as when the hunter closes in on the tiger, or suspenseful as the babysitter climbs on a rooftop to rescue a baby, or humorous as when an entire baseball game plays out in front of you with Karen playing all the roles. No matter what the story, Karen's prodigious skill in both mime and dance bring it to life.

As a special feature for school programs, the principal (or a teacher or student) is invited to perform a comic duet with Karen. The sketch takes a hilarious look at the game of soccer. Simple instructions will be sent ahead, and Karen will meet and rehearse with the volunteer shortly before the performance. The sketch is short and easy to learn, and the results are outrageously funny!

Tell stories through movement
Integration into curriculum
Student & faculty participation

Karen's workshops and residencies, Imagination in Action, are interactive, creative, high-energy experiences of learning, reflecting and moving. Karen carefully guides students and clearly explains the exercises in these workshops that are filled with movement, dance and mime activities. No experience required. Karen's workshops are adaptable for students of all ages and abilities.

Energize the classroom
Engage the learner's imagination
Sharpen the learner's focus
Create an atmosphere where the learner can attempt new things with confidence

A study guide is available for pre-show and post-show discussions.

Curriculum connections: Dance & Movement

Karen also has a Family Performance, TANZSPIEL (German for "dance play"), a one-woman tour de force celebrating the expressive potential of the human body. Karen Montanaro blends the arts of mime and dance to create theater with rare physical and emotional power.

About Karen:

Over the past fifteen years, Karen Montanaro has performed in hundreds of schools both as a soloist and in partnership with master mime Tony Montanaro. Using material drawn from her full evening concerts, Karen entertains and educates students about the art forms of mime and dance and uses her phenomenal technique and control in both ballet and performance-mime to tell stories through movement.

Read what educators have to say...
"As soon as we saw Karen's exceptional ability to motivate our students and engage their imaginations, the Sea Road School immediately hired her back for next year."
- Maureen Fulford, Educator Sea Road School, Kennebunk, Maine workshops in mime & movement

"Karen's one-of-a-kind performance combines the grace, poise, and style of a professional ballet dancer with the drama, humor, and excitement of an accomplished mime. In one segment, she becomes a fearsome tiger, and the artistic tension of the audience was palpable. Lastly, her program is cerebral. Students had to construct the meaning of her stories as she transformed herself from one character to another."
- Dr. Mary Ellen Toscano, Principal, Parkview Elementary School

"How impeccably magnificent!... I have never in three years here nor in all my 30 years of experience been witness to a group of students and adults being so spellbound, engaged and involved in a highly creative yet relevant theatrical performance! For sharing your gift, talent and enthusiasm for the arts, I thank you on behalf of all students and staff."
- Barbara Galvin, EDCO Collaborative

"Karen's performance was superb. It was both instructive and entertaining. She was solo on stage for over an hour and held over two hundred people in the palm of her hand. The simplicity and the complexity of her work was mesmerizing. She offered inspiration to any child who thinks they might want to dance or mime. I was most impressed with Karen and her work."
- Toby Weinberger, Upper School Coordinator, Bank Street School for Children, New York City