Tutor for this course
Karen has been on our staff for over a decade. Over the years, she has established herself as a tremendously popular and respected mentor for emerging scriptwriters. She studied drama and linguistics at UCT and obtained her Honours in The Art of Writing from UWC.
Karen has won numerous awards and nominations for her co-writing of TV series, including two Emmy nominations for Best TV Comedy. Currently, she is the head writer for Both Worlds Productions, overseeing ZANews: Puppet Nation (winner of 22 South African Film and Television Awards and two Writer's Guild of South Africa Awards for Best TV Comedy), as well as Point of Order (SAFTA winner for Best Game Show in 2017), Comedy Central News and Parlement Parlement.
Before joining Both Worlds Productions, Karen had extensive experience writing and producing in both theatre and television. Her plays include the multi-award winning Everybody Else (is fcking perfect*) (Best Comedy 2005), Kiss Kiss, I'll Have What She's Having and Laying Blame, as well as Vaslav, which was nominated for three Fleur du Cap Awards. She served as head writer for 90 Plein Street, as well as writing for shows like Thabang Thabong, Vaya Mzansi and Moferefere Lenyalong. She is in demand as a script consultant and advisor, working with local and international production companies and channels. Today she serves on the board of Women Playwrights International and was the president of the International Centre for Women Playwrights for six years.
Her achievements aren't confined to television and theatre. Her adaptation of Thomas Rapakgadi's The Purse is Mine aired on Bush Radio. SAfm has featured her excellent series Office Hours, co-written with Nkuli Sibeko, as well as the radio version of Sky Too Big. Her teen novels, Jacques Attack, co-authored with Nkuli Sibeko, and Flipside, co-authored with Eeshaam September, were released by New Africa Books. She also has a children's story published in the anthology Metz and Bop and Other Stories.
Karen tutors the Scriptwriting Course and the Advanced Scriptwriting Course. When she isn't busy, she indulges her deep obsession with reality television, Good Omens, chaos theory and Nutella.