Karen Eleanor Wight

Actor / Improviser / Teacher


Current News:

* Karen was recently interviewed for the podcast lights, camera, rolling...mom! Check it out here!

* Broadway: Behind the Curtain - When the 2020 Tony Awards were cancelled due to Covid-19, Studio Follies put together a "Celebration of 'Behind the Curtain Heroes' who make Broadway Theater run". Skip ahead to 20:10 to see Karen (but you’ll miss some wonderful Tony Award highlights!)

"I respectfully recommend that you commit to memory the name of Karen Eleanor Wight. There will be a day, I predict, when every member of the theater-going public will know it, and on that day will use it as a reason to shell out a hundred bucks to see a show. It will be good for you to get in on the ground floor, and to see her before prices get astronomical."
--Tim Treanor, DCtheatrescene.com


Karen Eleanor Wight hails from Ada, Oklahoma, and originated the role of Toadpipe in the Off-Broadway production and Off-West End productions of C.S. Lewis' The Screwtape Letters. Favorite regional roles include: Olivia (Twelfth Night), Celia (As You Like It), Katherine (Henry V), Bianca (Othello) Gladys (The Pajama Game), Alaura/Carla (City of Angels) Weird Sister/Lady Macbeth (Macbeth). National tour: Tiger Lily/Liza, understudy for Peter Pan and Wendy (Peter Pan). Currently, Karen is active as a founding member of On the Road Repertory theatre company helmed by Alice Spivak and continues working on her one-woman short play, Use Your Words! directed by Melissa Attebery.

Karen has been improvising for 17 years and is one-half of the long-form, wordless improv duo Imp with Asaf Ronen--think Chaplin meets Looney Tunes. Imp performs long-form improv at festivals around the country including the Mainstage at CIF and the Del Close Marathon. Imp has headlined at the Seattle Festival of Improv Theatre (five times!), Austin's OOB Fest, Philly Duofest, Oberlin Improv Conference, San Francisco Improv Festival, Miami Improv Fest, and Second City in LA, and many others. In addition to performing, Karen has taught improv at Magnet Theater in NYC and at festivals nationally and internationally.