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KAREN ALLEN will be debuting her new short film A TREE. A ROCK. A CLOUD. as part of the CARSON at 100: THE McCULLERS CENTENNIAL on Sunday, February 19 at 4:00pm at the RiverCenter for the Performing Arts. Please see the NEA BIG READ Event Webpage for more information.

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Karen Allen

Karen Allen was inspired to become an actor after seeing Jerzy Grotowski’s Polish Theatre Laboratory in a performance of Apolcalypsis Cum Figuris in 1972. She attended George Washington University and studied and performed in numerous theatre productions with the Washington Theatre Laboratory in Washington DC and co-produced performances at the Washington Project for the Arts for four years before moving to New York City to work in the theatre.

In NY she portrayed Helen Keller in William Gibson’s The Monday After the Miracle directed by Arthur Penn at the Actor’s Studio. It then traveled to the Spoleto Festival in Charleston, SC, the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC and onto Broadway in NYC. Her performance won a Theatre World Award. She next played Marjorie in William Mastrosimones’ Extremities at the Westside Arts Theatre, and performed in Strinberg’s Miss Julie at the Actor’s Studio directed by Peter Stormare. She starred in productions of The Country Girl, The Miracle Worker, and Speaking in Tongues at the Roundabout Theatre, played Laura in The Glass Menagerie at the Longwharf Theatre directed by Nikos Psachoropolis, produced and performed in Beautiful Bodies by Laura Cunningham at the Whole Theatre, and has worked at the Williamstown Theatre Festival (Tennessee Williams: A Celebration, The Royal Family and The Glass Menagerie), The Berkshire Theatre Festival, Shakespeare and Co. (Rosalind in As you Like It), and the Westport Country Playhouse (Temporary Help). In the Fall on 2012 she starred in the US premiere of Norwegian playwright Jon Fosses’ A Summer Day with Rattlestick Theatre at the Cherry Lane in NY.

As a director in the theatre she has done two productions of Michael Weller’s Moonchildren at Bard College at Simon’s Rock and at the Berkshire Theatre Festival, and a production of Joan Ackerman’s The Batting Cage. Most recently she directed an award winning production of Mastrisimone’s Extremities and Lucy Thurber’s world premiere of Ashville for Rattlestick Theatre at the Cherry Lane in New York which won an Obie Award in 2014. In the summer of 2015 she will direct Terrance McNally’s Frankie and Johnny in the Claire de Lune at the BTF in Stockbridge, MA. Ms. Allen is on the faculty of the Theatre Department at Bard College at Simon’s Rock, has taught acting and directing at the Lee Strasberg Theatre Institute in association with NYU, and is a lifetime member of the Actor’s Studio.

Her films include Animal House, The Wanderers, A Small Circle of Friends, Raiders of the Lost Ark, Shoot the Moon, Cruising, Until September, Starman, Animal Behavior, The Glass Menagerie, Backfire, The End of the Line, Scrooged, The Sandlot, King of the Hill, Falling Sky, The Perfect Storm, The Basket, In the Bedroom, Malcolm X, Poster Boy, Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, White Irish Drinkers and Bad Hurt which premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival in 2015. She recently completed filming A Year By the Sea based on the best-selling memoir by Joan Anderson. It will be released in 2016.

In the spring of 2016 she will direct her first film based on Carson McCullers’ short story, A Tree, A Rock, A Cloud.

On television she has been seen as Abra in the mini-series of Steinbeck’s East of Eden, as Christa Macauliffe in The Challenger, and in Secret Weapon, Voyage, All the Winter’s That Have Been, My Horrible Year, Rapture, November Christmas, Law and Order, and Bluebloods.

Karen studied textile and clothing design at the Fashion Institute of Technology in NYC when she was 17. In 2010 she received an honorary doctorate from FIT and the State University of NY for her design work with her company Karen Allen Fiber Arts in Great Barrington, MA where she presently has a design studio and store that represents dozens of textile and clothing designers who she admires from around the world, as well as her own cashmere knitwear line.

Karen divides her time between western MA and NYC and between her work as an actor and director and her design studio. She is an active Board member of the Berkshire International Film Festival and the Amazon Conservation Team. She has a 25-year-old son, Nicholas, who is a professional chef.

  • A Series of Harry Potter Nights @ Your Library

    When: Tuesday, May 01, 2018 - 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
    Where: Mildred L. Terry Public Library at Alpha Kappa Alpha Room

    Especially if you are a Harry Potter fan, take Platform 9 & 3/4 to a Hogwarts satellite campus (Mildred L. Terry Library). Consider this an official exam week; bring a team to be sorted and brush up on your arithmancy! There will be trivia, music, crafts, and photo ops. Costumes are encouraged! Muggles are welcome!

  • Teen Takeover: Trivia Night!

    When: Thursday, May 03, 2018 - 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
    Where: North Columbus Public Library at Large Conference Room

    Come join us to test your knowledge! You may play as individuals or as teams, whoever has the most points, wins a prize!

  • Revenge de la Fifth: A Star Wars Cinco de Mayo

    When: Saturday, May 05, 2018 - 2:00 PM - 5:30 PM
    Where: North Columbus Public Library at Large Conference Room

    Come celebrate Cinco de Mayo...Star Wars Style! We will be celebrating by displaying Latin and Star Wars themed food, drinks, and crafts! All materials will be provided. All ages welcome. Event begins at 2PM and will be followed by a showing of " The Last Jedi" at 3:00 PM

  • Wii Have Fun with Books

    When: Tuesday, May 08, 2018 - 5:30 PM - 9:30 PM
    Where: Mildred L. Terry Public Library at Alpha Kappa Alpha Room

    Teen game night

  • Teen Takeover: Chat and Craft Book Club

    When: Wednesday, May 09, 2018 - 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
    Where: North Columbus Public Library at Large Conference Room

    Love to read? Love crafts? Please join us each month as we read a selected title and gather to discuss it as well as make a craft themed to the book we are reading that month. You don't have to have read the book to attend, come discuss what you have been reading!

    May 9: THE SAVAGE SONG by Victoria Schwabb
    June 6: ONCE AND FOR ALL by Sarah Dessen
    July 11: ONE OF US IS LYING by Karen McManus

  • Friday Family Flicks

    When: Friday, April 27, 2018 - 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
    Where: South Columbus Public Library at Conference Room

    Thank goodness it’s Friday! Relax with us as we screen a family favorite: January 26, CARS 3 (G); February 23, DESPICABLE ME 3 (PG); March 23, THE NUT JOB 2: NUTTY BY NATURE (PG); April 27, THE EMOJI MOVIE (PG).

  • Baby & Toddler Playgroup

    When: Saturday, April 28, 2018 - 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
    Where: South Columbus Public Library at Conference Room

    Come play with your little one(s) and meet other caregivers. We’ll have toys, music, books, and more! Adult caregivers and children age 0-4 are invited to attend.

  • Family Fitness Morning @ Your Library

    When: Saturday, April 28, 2018 - 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
    Where: Mildred L. Terry Public Library at Alpha Kappa Alpha Room

    Come dressed to move and groove! We will share simpleactivites that families can integrate into their daily routine to stay fit.

  • Preschool Adventures

    When: Monday, April 30, 2018 - 10:30 AM - 11:00 AM
    Where: Columbus Public Library at Aflac Storytime Room

    Preschool Adventures encourages visits to the library for socialization and interaction with peers. Children will listen to read alouds, songs, rhymes, and finger plays. Flannel board stories and puppets may allow for audience participation to reinforce that reading is fun!

  • Tiny Tales

    When: Monday, April 30, 2018 - 11:05 AM - 11:35 AM
    Where: Columbus Public Library at Aflac Storytime Room

    Tiny Tales is a fun program that introduces babies and toddlers to books and language activities. Parents are encouraged to take on the role as their child’s first teacher. Activities may involve stories, books, rhymes, music, movement, finger plays, puppets and educational toys.

  • Superheroes "Rock"

    When: Friday, April 27, 2018 - 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM
    Where: Columbus Public Library at Synovus (side A)

    Relax on a Friday afternoon as we will paint rocks in celebration of our favorite superheroes! Bring the family and dress up as your favorite hero!

  • Start Something New: Painted Glassware 101

    When: Saturday, April 28, 2018 - 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
    Where: North Columbus Public Library at Large Conference Room

    Interested in learning something new? Join us for an adult learning series. This week attendees will learn the basics of painted glassware with a special guest! Spaces are limited and registration is required. Please call, 706-748-2855 to reserve your spot!

  • Darkest Hour (2017) Rated PG-13

    When: Saturday, April 28, 2018 - 2:30 PM - 5:00 PM
    Where: Columbus Public Library at Auditorium

    During the early days of World War II, the fate of Western Europe hangs on the newly-appointed British Prime Minister Winston Churchill, who must decide whether to negotiate with Adolf Hitler, or fight on against incredible odds. 2 hr. 5 min.

  • "Get Hooked" Crochet Club

    When: Saturday, April 28, 2018 - 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM
    Where: Mildred L. Terry Public Library at Friends of the Library Room

    Adults of all ages and levels are welcome to this lively, welcoming, nonjudgmental group of happy "makers." there is always a project to show and "tell" about!

  • GED

    When: Monday, April 30, 2018 - 3:00 PM - 6:00 PM
    Where: Mildred L. Terry Public Library at Friends of the Library Room

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