Hi, I’m Karina and I’m a visually impaired actor, aerialist, belly dancer and vocal coach from Wales. I trained at Liverpool Hope University and The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama and also work as a voice and accent coach, an audio description consultant and I’m a qualified NLP practitioner.
In rehearsals! Leeds Playhouse
Rehearsals are underway for Macbeth at Leeds Playhouse. I’m having a great time with this fantastic company. Here I am rehearsing as the witch, stood tall with my back arched and arms raised above my head, my fingers are spindling forward. Accessibility is at the heart of the production and I can’t wait to share it with you. Catch us in Leeds from March the 5th!
Get your tickets HERE
Macbeth Returns! 5th-23rd March 2024
I’m delighted to be joining the cast of Macbeth at Leeds Playhouse directed by Amy Leach. Catch me as the witch/gentlewoman from the 5th-23rd March
I had the pleasure of working with Amy in the premiere of this ‘triumphant’ (The Guardian) production in 2022 and I look forward to working on this bold, unique and creatively accessible show on the Quarry stage again.
All performances feature creatively integrated audio description. For more information and tickets, click here
Where Do I Sit? Zimbabwe
What a way to end 2023, in Zimbabwe with Tamba Africa Social Circus! The first part of our Unlimited Arts International Awards saw us fly to Africa and work with artists, performers and young people in a series of workshops and campfire sessions to begin our co-creation of the production Where Do I sit? We explored creative writing, rigging, storytelling and of course, aerial circus. This was truly an enriching experience and I learnt a lot. I look forward to Shambala in 2024 to continue our development of this piece.
Voiceover – I Dream in Colour
It was great to collaborate with EXTANT again, this time as a VoiceOver artist. I loved recording I Dream in Colour by Jasmin Thien. A one-woman play exploring memory, loss, and the intersection between disability and culture, drawn from Jasmin’s experiences growing up fighting eye cancer and eventually blindness
Holes on ITV Backstage!
Check out our feature on ITV Backstage for Holes at Eisteddfod
Funny HaHa – Book Publication coming soon!
I love being a part of Little Cog’s Funny Haha disabled women’s comedy writers room. I recently wrote work for A Night of Radical Acts performed at The Arc Stockton. I was very excited to learn that our next work will be published! The book will be themed on All The Women I Could Have Been. Find out more here
Where do I sit? – Unlimited International Award
I am delighted to announce we have been awarded an Unlimited International Award to develop and perform in the circus production WHERE DO I SIT? with Tamba Africa Social Circus. This will be performed in Zimbabwe in 2023 and Shambala in 2024. Find out more on my Aerialist Page.
Commissioned by Articulture and the Wales Outdoor Arts Consortium. I loved touring Wales this summer with Holes, an aerial circus piece I created and performed in. Find out more on my Aerialist Page.
New Aerial Showreel!
Delighted to share my new aerial showreel with you
Five Star reviews for Much Ado About Nothing!
I am currently touring the UK playing Antonia in Much Ado About Nothing with Sheffield Theatres and Ramps on the Moon. We have received some fantastic reviews including 5 stars from The Guardian amongst others! We are performing until 12th November. Check out our venue dates and book tickets HERE
#Theatre for Change
Whilst performing at Leeds Playhouse I had the opportunity to join the Ramps on the Moon Symposium for the #Theatre for Change movement. access and inclusion within the theatre industry. It was an honour to be part of this event all about access and inclusion within the theatre industry.
Much Ado About Nothing
I am absolutely delighted to be joining the cast of Much Ado About Nothing with Sheffield Theatres and Ramps on the Moon. I will be playing Antonia from September in Sheffield before embarking on a UK tour until November. For more information on the production and tour venues, please follow this LINK to The Ramps on the Moon website.
I have thoroughly enjoyed taking the Directors and Writers Pathway courses with Extant. I am currently developing skills, experience and creating my own work. I also will be showcasing some of my writing with Extant at The Cockpit Theatre in June!
The Secretaries – Young Vic, Audio Description
I had a wonderful time working as an audio description consultant with the Young Vic Theatre for their production of ‘The Secretaries’. Find out more about the show here
Flying Fantastic – Audio Description
I have loved working with Flying Fantastic and providing audio description for a range of different projects. I worked with a new company and piece of circus for five weeks throughout April and May looking at accessibility and creative audio description. So excited to see where they all go next!
RIGA Circus Conference 2022
I had a great time at the Riga International Circus Conference. I was invited to Latvia to deliver a talk on audio description in Circus and the live arts, a highly rewarding experience!
I loved getting to discuss accessible work and sharing ideas!
Macbeth – Leeds Playhouse 2022
I’m so proud of ‘Macbeth’ at the Leeds Playhouse. The production has BSL and audio description built into the show itself and has been receiving great reviews. I’m really enjoying the show so come and catch us if you can, playing until 19th March.
I am delighted to be joining the cast of Macbeth with Leeds Playhouse. We are currently in rehearsals and I will be playing the role of Witch/Gentlewoman from February 26th- March 19th
Diamonds are a Girls Best Friend!
I have so enjoyed creating and performing my new aerial piece directed by Edward Lee Swift and choreographed by Megan Price.
I am delighted to share my latest aerial shoot with the fabulous KEP Photo. Check out the full album on my Aerialist page.
Performing with Theatre Clwyd in Curtain Up! August 2021
It was great to get back to the theatre and perform with Theatre Clwyd this summer. I played three different roles in three short plays directed by Tamara Harvey.
New Voice reel!
Listen now to my new commercial voice reel created with Reel Recordings
Portrait and Landscape
Vertical Dance Bursary with Kate Lawrence
I am very excited to receive a bursary to work with Kate Lawrence Vertical Dance on their ‘Portrait and Landscape’ programme. I will be exploring the art form of vertical dance to enhance and further my aerial practise. I look forward to these bi-monthly events with a variety of exciting practitioners.
Wise Children Theatre Company
Writing for Live Performance Course
I was thrilled to be selected for the ‘Writing for Live Performance’ Course with Wise Children. I will work with Joel Horwood and Yolanda Mercy on this two week course in March to continue to develop my script writing skills and develop a new idea. Can’t wait!
Pathways Writers Course 2021
I am really enjoying being on the Extant Pathways Writing Course. Extant run artist development programmes for blind and visually impaired artists and I am using this course to work on my script writing skills to create my own work later this year. You can learn more about Extant and Pathways here
Jerwood Arts Announcement
Live Work Fund Awardee 2021
I am absolutely delighted to be received the Jerwood Arts Live Work Fund Award 2021. This grant will support my aerial practise allowing me to develop new skills and new work. It also enables me to carry out research into creative audio description for physical art such as circus and aerial work.
Find out more about the Live Work Fund here
Writing commission with Hot Coals Productions
I was delighted to be commissioned by Hot Coals Productions to develop a short film script I was shortlisted as a writer for the development stage of their ‘Talking Bodies’ project and my first short film ‘Blind Date’. This was filmed, performed by Amy Forrest and we had an online sharing in February 2021. I am looking forward to developing this script further and seeing where it goes next. Watch this space!
Unlimited Micro Commission
My new performance ‘Aerial Sicilienne’
In the lockdown of 2020 I was commissioned by Unlimited Arts to create an audio described aerial piece. I have been training on my garden aerial rig over Zoom and I’m delighted to share my finished digital performance with you. Please enjoy AERIAL SICILIENNE
Bomb Happy Audio Play by Everwitch Theatre
I have enjoyed keeping busy with my vocal coaching in 2020. One really exciting project I was involved in is the very moving Audio Play ‘Bomb Happy’ by Everwitch Theatre. The trailer is below. To listen to the whole play and for more info on my voice coaching please check out my Vocal Coaching page.
Making RSC History!
Playing my understudy role of Jaques…
I have recently finished being part of the rep company for the Royal Shakespeare Company. I started working with the RSC in 2018 and have been performing in ‘As You Like It’ and ‘Measure for Measure’ since then. We played a season in Stratford-Upon-Avon, The Lowry, Salford, The Barbican Theatre, London and then a UK tour. I finished the tour playing my Understudy role of Jaques in ‘As You Like It’, being the first visually impaired actor to go on as an Understudy for the Royal Shakespeare Company! You can read more about it in The Stage
Please see my Gallery for production photos
More RSC News
Hear my recent interview with BBC Radio 4 about my work with the Royal Shakespeare Company. Listen here
RSC Rep Company- Delighted to announce that I am part of the RSC’s rep company 2019/2020. I am currently performing As You Like It and Measure for Measure in Stratford-upon-Avon. Following the season in Stratford we will perform at The Lowry, Salford and The Barbican, London before embarking on a UK tour in 2020! See the website below for dates and how to buy tickets…
Votes for Women
I’ve been nominated!
I have been nominated for the Votes for Women celebration by Shaun Prendergast. Incredibly grateful to be nominated alongside a whole list of fantastic women! Check out out the post here-
Becoming a leader of Theatre
I have been selected for The Clore Fellowship 2018/2019! I am one of twenty four fellow selected and will be working to become a leader of Theatre with the Arts Council. I am delighted to become a fellow and for the exciting year ahead. To read all about it please visit – https://www.cloreleadership.org/who-are-the-clore-15.aspx