Karen Mitchell received a full scholarship to attend the Victorian College of the Arts and went on to appear in numerous popular Television Shows, Pilots, Feature Films and Theatre as a dramatic and comedic actress. She has worked in many series such as Nameless and Fearless Games, including Detective roles in Atomic Kingdom, Starship One and in Ice Cold Blood. With her vast life experience, Karen is known for her many strong roles. She has weapons and gun training, as well as combat and self-defence.
Versatility and consistency are Karen's trademark's. Drama, Sci fi and Comedy suit her well. She frequently plays Detectives, Cops, Attorneys, Moms, Psychologists, Teachers, Corporate, and Doctor's.
Discovered her love of performance at any early age when she trained as a professional dancer
Was a finalist in Miss Australia
Was once a Flight Attendant for Virgin Australia
Won the Managing Director's award presented in Hong Kong for her No.1 National Sales Position at Yellow Pages Australia.
Featured on the cover of the Australasian Post - Australia's longest running weekly picture magazine
Won the title of "Miss Rye Beach"
She received combat and self-defense training while working for Virgin Airlines
Spent a number of earlier years in the corporate sales world, working for companies like BMW and owning her own Real Estate Firm
Appeared in National Television campaigns for major Australian corporations including Coles, Telstra and The Commonwealth Bank
BARON BROWN - JOANNE BARON - TWO YEAR COURSE - Theatrical
THE GROUNDLINGS - Improv, Comedy
UCB (Upright Citizens Brigade) - Improv, Comedy
LA CONNECTION COMEDY THEATRE - Improv, Comedy
MARGIE HABER STUDIO - Audition Technique - Acting for Film/TV
CLAY BANKS STUDIO - Acting for Film/TV
THE ACTING CENTER - Character Study & Commercial Intensive
LESLY KAHN - Sitcom Training
SCOTT SEDITA - THE EIGHT CHARACTERS OF COMEDY
MATTHEW BARRY - Acting for Film/TV
COLUMBIA COLLEGE HOLLYWOOD - FULL-TIME ACTING TRAINING
ANTHONY MEINDL - TV/Film
JOHN SUDOL - EMOTIONS FOR TV & FILM
CHUBBUCK TECHNIQUE - IVANA & ANTHONY BRANDON WONG
MATTHEW BARRY (AMERICAN CASTING DIRECTOR) & STEVE HYTNER (SEINFELD) - 1 WK F/T
DANIELLE AUFIERO & AMBER HORN - CASTING WORKSHOP
RICK MILLIKAN & ALEX NEWMAN - WORKSHOPS - CASTING DIRECTORS
GREG APPS - THE AUDITION TECHNIQUE
LARRY MOSS - Sydney, Australia
SCREENWISE FILM & TELEVISION SCHOOL - ACTING GRADUATE FILM & TELEVISION
NIDA (National Institute of Dramatic Art) 2 YEARS - VARIETY OF CONSISTENT COURSES - INCLUDES: SCREEN ACTING ACCELERATED, SCREEN ACTING EXTENDED, TELEVISION PRESENTERS COURSES, AUDITION TECHNIQUES, SCREEN ACTING 1,2,3
TAFTA - 5 YEARS - CONSISTENT SCREEN ACTING COURSES
ACTOR'S CENTRE (ACA) WEEKLY FOR 5 YEARS, Acting for Film/TV
AIPA - THE ACTING CONSERVATORY
MEISNER TECHNIQUE - THE ACTOR'S PULSE
LES CHANTERY - THE AUDITION TECHNIQUE
MASTERCLASSES WITH: NORMAN BUCKLEY (LA DIRECTOR), PETER ANDRIKIDIS (DIRECTOR), DIRECTOR), BILL HUGHES (DIRECTOR), COLIN BUDDS (DIRECTOR), MARCUS COLE (DIRECTOR), DAVID CAESAR (DIRECTOR)
MASTERCLASSES WITH: HOWARD FINE, TED BRUNETTI
NATIONAL ACTOR'S INTENSIVE - ONE WEEK FULL TIME
AIPA - PRIVATE SESSIONS - WITH: JANE JENKINS, MATTHEW BARRY, RICHARD MENTO, AMANDA MACKAY,
MELBOURNE RADIO SCHOOL - GARY MAC - VOICE TRAINING,
NATIONAL THEATRE DRAMA SCHOOL
VICTORIAN COLLEGE OF ARTS
SERHAT CARADEE - DIRECTOR - ADVANCED SCREEN ACTING
GABRIELLA MASELLI MCGRAIL - COMMERCIAL TRAINING
JOVITA O'SHAUGHNESSY - NEIGHBOURS - DIRECTOR WORKSHOP
AMERICAN ACCENT & VOICE TRAINING: ASHWIN GORE & ROWENA BALOS
VOICE TRAINING - JULIET JORDON, RIC HERBERT, YANNICK LAWRY
Past Coaching Experience:
DRAMA TEACHER WITH MANY SCHOOLS INCLUDING: PADDINGTON PRIMARY, ST FRANCIS, BELLEVUE HILL PRIMARY
PRESENTING TRAINER WITH TV TRAINING AUSTRALIA
DRAMA SCENE COACH:
Screenwise Film & Television Graduate TAFTA – Columbia College, Hollywood, Los Angeles Proud Member of SAG-AFTRA and Actors Equity – MEAA
Karen is an experienced Actor/Presenter/Voice Actor and Model, working full-time in the Industry. Her love of performance was prevalent from the early age of 3, when she embarked on Classical Ballet and later joined The Victorian College of Arts. Karen went on to Acting studies, graduating from Screenwise Film & Television School and completing numerous courses with TAFTA – The Australian Film & Television School in Sydney and Los Angeles. Karen also attended the Actor’s Centre in Los Angeles, had Meisner Training at The Actor’s Pulse, spent many years at ACA and completed two years of courses with NIDA. She has studied the techniques of: Peter Andrikidis, Howard Fine, Ivana Chubbuck, Anthony Meindel and Larry Moss. Karen’s lead and supporting roles in a vast number of films include; Torn Devotion, Broken Spirits, The Margin of Things, The Tail Job and sizeable parts in TV shows such as Atomic Kingdom, Nameless, Facing Evil. Stage roles and Corporate productions have notably included, Pygmalion and Calamity Jane. Karen has appeared in numerous TVCs, including campaigns for Coles & Dollars Direct. An experienced Model, Karen is also a past Miss Australia finalist.
PRESENTING TRAINER - FOR TV TRAINING AUSTRALIA
RECOMMENDATIONS – KAREN MITCHELL:
Silia Cluff – Willow - Director Recommended for: Lead Actress - NSW ‘Karen is a talented actress with a great work ethic, I would definitely recommend her’
Elizabeth Cooper – Awake For A Moment - Director Recommended for: Actors wanted for Feature Film - NSW ‘Karen was great to work with on set. She was professional and took to the challenge of the role well. I would definitely recommend her.’
Nikos Andronicos – Series ‘Greg’ – Comedy - Director Comedy Web Series - NSW ‘Karen was great to work with, had a great sense of humour and was 100% reliable and cooperative. Would love to work with her again'
Peter Bohush – Broken Spirits – Los Angeles - Director ‘Thanks for coming to our set yesterday and being in the movie Broken Spirits. Loved your performance. Hope you'll be back when we do our "sweat lodge" scene. Thanks again! Pete Bohush (director)’
Sage Benishay – About A Husband – Prod/Dir ‘I really enjoyed working with you. You're very talented and easy to direct. Look forward to seeing you at the screening'.
Tom McSweeney – Casting Director ‘Best work I’ve seen you do. Honest – connected grounded. No inner critic or nerves were apparent. – Good work !!!!'
Anthony Brandon Wong – Chubbuck Technique ‘You were able to access profoundly deep levels of emotion when you used the substitution tool and it was exciting to help you bring that out of yourself’
Laura Hughes – The Tail Job - Producer ‘Karen was an absolute delight to have on set! She was punctual, professional and easy to direct. We would welcome Karen back on set again in a second!’
Rhiannon Noon – Ageing Gracefully – Hazel – Producer ‘Karen was cast as one of our main actors on our Television Pilot. She was a great energy to have on set and very professional. She worked excellently with the other cast and crew members. I would recommend her without hesitation.’
Oskana – Casting – Photographic Director ‘An absolute pleasure working with Karen. She is as talented as she is beautiful. Extremely easy to get along with and very professional. Highly recommended for any project.’
Britney Jasmine – European Film - Producer ‘Karen was a pleasure. Her communication was spot on and she gave up her time to help others on set. She was committed fully to the project and was highly prepared. A pleasure as an actor and also as a human being.’
Jeff Hawkins – TVC - Director ‘Karen worked with me on a recent TVC project. She worked well with the cast and crew. Great communication and very professional. Will work with her again! I recently cast Karen for the new PACK & SEND TVC. Karen was extremely friendly, reliable, punctual and professional to work with. I hope we get to work together again in the future.’
Vivien Le – Love That Car – Comedy (Director) Hi Karen, It was great seeing you perform with Magareta on Tuesday. Natasha and I went over the footage on Friday and we liked the scene very much. We are fortunate to have an experienced actress like you in our film. Thank you so much for being part of it. I'll keep you posted of the progress of editing. Let me know if you have any questions. Best Vivien
Michael Samer – Director – TV Series – Nameless ‘Your work in Season One was fantastic’
Michael Samer – Director – TV Series – Nameless It's a particularly special episode for me, and it very much stands out for the raw and intense performances from Gary Boulter, Colin DeFries and Karen Mitchell.
David Gabriel – Bio Physics – TVC Karen is a great talent and was an absolute joy to work with. She is professional, enthusiastic and courteous. Highly recommend her for any acting or TVC roles – you won’t be disappointed with her performance. Thank you for your contribution to our beauty TVC – Karen!
Graham Jepson – Short Stock Library Keen and patient model, a variety of looks, positive attitude and a fun person. Thanks Karen!
Matt Murray – Telstra Karen was prompt, professional and delivered the results we were looking for. She was a pleasure to have on our set.
Stephanie Waites - Drama Scene Founder Paddington Scene is such a happy place for us all to come to with you working here. Thank you for Term 3.
Timothy Walker – Film - Dark Chocolate Karen has great energy, and takes direction exceptionally well.
Ben Kumanovski – Producer/Director - Lowes Karen played a role in a training film I directed for Lowes. As an actor she was professional in her approach, took direction well and was easy to work with. I'd recommend Karen and would not hesitate in hiring her again should the opportunity arise.
Ben Kumanovski – Producer/Director - Lowes Hi Karen, We're doing more of the same style of training videos for Lowes again. Last time they were very happy with you in particular as they felt you worked well in the part of Sally their Store Manager. Same hours, same location, same everything.
Anton Beebee –Australian Springs–Feature Film Recommended for: Lead Actress - NSW Thanks Karen you were fantastic on set and gave a great performance. Thank you for your commitment to the film it was really appreciated. We will now be starting postproduction and will be finished in the new year. All the best Anton.