Karen Allen is an award winning actor/director working in the film, television and theatre world for over 35 years. She has starred in over 45 films in including Animal House, The Wanderers, A Small Circle of Friends, Raider's of the Lost Ark, Shoot the Moon, Split Image, Starman ,Until September, Scrooged, The Glass Menagerie, Malcolm X, King of the Hill, The Perfect Storm, Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, White Irish Drinkers, Bad Hurt and most recently A Year By the Sea based on the memoir by Joan Anderson.
Her work as a director has been focused on theatre for the past ten years where she has directed at the Berkshire Theatre Festival, and in NYC, most recently directing the Obie Award winning world premiere of Lucy Thurber's, Ashville. She recently directed her first short film, "A Tree. A Rock. A Cloud.", based on groundbreaking southern American writer Carson McCullers short story. In it's world premiere, it just won Best International Short Narrative Film at in England at the Manchester Film Festival.
Ms. Allen is on the faculty of the Theatre Department at Bard College at Simon's Rock, and has taught at New York University in NYC. She is a lifetime member of the Actors Studio, and on the Board of the Berkshire International Film Festival and the Amazon Conservation Team. Her son, Nick, is a professional chef.