Massachusetts
Profile Type: Artist
Artist
KAREN KROLAK

karen Krolak is a free range collaborator based in Boston, MA. Since 2000, she has been the co-founder/Artistic Director of Monkeyhouse, an award winning nonprofit that connects communities with choreography. Her embodied explorations weave in elements of text, textiles, choreography or story telling to spark dialogues that reverberate between communities. Her idiosyncratic pieces have been presented abroad in Rome, Winnipeg, and Gimpo, nationally in New York, San Francisco, Chicago, Philadelphia, Minneapolis as well as regularly throughout New England. She earned her B.A. in Linguistics at Northwestern University and her MFA inInterdisciplinary Arts at Sierra Nevada College. Much of her recent work has centered around the theme of finding physical poetry in imperfect bodies and around mourning as she grapples with the car crash that killed her mother, father, and brother. Her ongoing project the Dictionary of Negative Space (www.dictionaryofnegativespace.com) has recently been awarded an I-ARE Residency at the Dance Complex in Cambridge, MA and a residency at the Newton Cemetery in Newton MA with funding from the Newton Cultural Council. It has been featured in exhibitions in Nevada, Louisiana, Massachusetts and Korea; conferences in Korea, England and the US; as well as in dance collaborations with Monkeyhouse and Scott McPheeters. She frequently collaborates with Nicole Harris, Jason Ries, Jeremy Wechsler, Kwaq7aj', Ralph Farris, Anne Howarth, and Barry Duncan.

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Audio illustration of entry number [24] from the Dictionary of Negative Space. Performed and recorded at the Podcast Garage.

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Contact Information

First Name: 
KAREN
Job Title/Position: 
Choreographer, teacher, costume designer, writer
Mailing Address: 
PO Box 221
Somerville, MA 02143
Physical Address: 
Malden, MA 02148
Last Name: 
KROLAK

About

Profile Type: 
Artist
Primary Discipline: 
Multi-Disciplinary
Additional Disciplines: 
Dance - Modern / Contemporary
Humanities - Linguistics
Literary Arts - Non-Fiction
Literary Arts - Spoken Word
Media - Audio / Sound
Visual/Crafts - Fiber
Year Founded: 
1993
Populations Served: 
Adults
General Public
Teens
Institution/Business Type: 
Artist (Individual)
Activities and Services: 
Arts Instruction / Lessons
Consulting - Curatorial Services
Creation of a Work of Art (Including Commissions)
Exhibitions
Performance / Concert / Reading
Public Art Projects (In Free, Public Spaces)
Residency - In School
Events Per Year: 
30
Seasons Active: 
Spring
Summer
Fall
Winter
Geographic Reach: 
Multi-State Region

Affiliations and Accomplishments

Professional Associations: 
Faculty Member Impulse Dance Center
Adjunct Faculty Endicott College
Education: 
B.A. Linguistics Northwestern University
M.F.A. Interdisciplinary Arts Sierra Nevada College
Awards: 
2020 Medford LCC Grant, Medford, MA
2019 Research Fellowship, Institute for Conceptual Studies
2019 Feels Blind Literary Magazine DIY Prize
2015 Starland Scholarship, Sierra Nevada College, Incline Village, NV
2019 Newton LCC Grant
2019 Malden LCC Grant
2015 Travel and Residency, Scholarship, Sierra Nevada College, Incline Village, NV
2020 Malden LCC Grant, Malden, MA
2015 Hiraeth 2.0, One of the Best Dance Pieces of 2015, Arts Fuse, Cambridge MA

I am a Touring Artist

I am NEST eligible
Technical Requirements: 
Prefer a wood floor but can be flexible. Other tech requirements depend on performance.
Fee Range Minimum: 
$200
Fee Range Maximum: 
$10,000
State of Residence: 
Massachusetts
Minimum Number of Performers: 
1
Maximum Number of Performers: 
6

I am a Teaching Artist

Teaching Settings: 
Afterschool Program
Arts and Cultural Center / Venue
Private Studio
School / University
Subject Areas: 
Arts Integration - Communications
Arts Integration - English Language / Literacy
Dance
Theater
Visual/Crafts
Ages Served: 
Middle School-age
High School-age
College-Age
Adults
Seniors