Karen Rae Kraut Biography
Karen Rae Kraut spent her early years as an actress and singer. She performed in more than 100 plays and musicals and one opera. She earned a Bachelor's Degree in Drama from the University of Southern California and studied acting for three years with the legendary Stella Adler in New York. She toured with The Players’ Company directed by Miss Adler.
Karen fell in love with storytelling in 1990 and has been telling professionally ever since. Her programs include riddles, songs, poems, movement and lots of audience participation. She has performed her one-woman variety shows in elementary and secondary schools, libraries, clubs, churches, universities, museums and senior centers from California to East Tennessee.
Since 1997 Karen has performed in Riverside’s First Sundays Season, with the Riverside Public Library and the Riverside Art Museum. She appeared in Corona, Irvine and Oakland as part of the Smithsonian Institution's 1994 California tour. Her CD, “Cooler Water Cora and Other Stories,” is the winner of a National Parenting Publications Honors Award and an iParenting Media Award for Audio Excellence.
Karen teaches “Storytelling and the Second Half of Life” for UC Riverside’s Osher Institute. She is a touring and teaching artist for the McCallum Theatre Institute in Palm Desert, and presented her brain-based story hour stretches workshop at the National Storytelling Conference in Chicago. She was featured in the Pacific States Showcase at the 2010 Conference in Los Angeles.
Karen is a member of the National Storytelling Network and the American Orff-Schulwerk Association. She has received the Arts Angel and Artist of the Month Award from the Riverside Arts Council, and the Celebrate Literacy Award from both the Inland Empire and Arrowhead Chapters of the International Reading Association. She holds a Master's Degree in Storytelling from East Tennessee State University in Johnson City, Tennessee. Karen is a graduate of the California Arts Council/Coro Southern California Arts Leadership Program and serves on the Advisory Committee for the Inlandia Institute.