Karen Woolridge (Producer and Adaptor) Karen began in professional theatre as an actor in 1980. She appeared at Passe Muraille in Jim Garrard’s Cold Comfort, Brad Fraser’s Rude Noises and Videocabaret’s Second Nature. She played lead roles across the country and also appeared in film and television and was nominated for an ACTRA Award for playing the title role of a country and western singer in CBC’s Anne’s Story. She played Richard Greenblatt’s role in an all-female production of 2 Pianos 4 Hands which toured across Canada and parts of the U.S. She worked behind the scenes in film and television, as a production bookkeeper, recruiter for Walt Disney’s classical animation studio, and in business affairs and independent production at VisionTV. She has stewarded ACTRA’s Independent Production Agreement and is currently a Public Relations Officer at ACTRA Toronto. Her theatre production shingle, Johnson Girls, was formed in 1994 to produce The Johnson Girls at the Toronto Fringe. Johnson Girls also produced The Lesson at the KidsVenue at the Toronto Fringe in 2007. As a playwright, Karen wrote a one-act original office comedy, Supreme Incompetence, which received a public reading, directed by Kate Lynch, at Groundswell in 2001. Other projects in development include: an adaptation of The Ghost of Ellen Dower (table read at Gros Morne Theatre Festival, 2012), and Pattern: Repeat – a multi-disciplinary piece.
Johnson Girls engages under the terms of the INDIE 2.0, professional Artists who are members of Canadian Actors’ Equity Association.