Karen Aldridge

Visiting Assistant Professor of Theater


BA University of California
MFA Depaul University

Karen Aldridge

Karen starred in the international tours of Battlefield (May 2017 – March 2018), and Le Costume (2001-2002) , both directed by Peter Brook. She originated the role of Mrs. Phelps in the Royal Shakespeare Company’s production of Matilda the Musical on Broadway. Chicago theatre credits include: Margaret in Tug of War, Olivia in Twelfth Night, Lady Macbeth in Macbeth, Isabelle in Edward II, and Love’s Labour’s Lost at Chicago Shakespeare Theatre; Trinity River Plays (Joseph Jefferson Award nomination for Best Actress), The Good Negro, The Ballad of Emmett Till, The Cook, and, Proof (Joseph Jefferson Award nomination for Best Actress) at the Goodman Theatre; The Qualms, Clybourne Park, and Tracy Letts’s Pulitzer Prize nominated Man from Nebraska at Steppenwolf Theatre Company, where she originated the role of Tamyra. Other notable Chicago roles include Nina in Seagull at Writers’ Theatre; Far Away and, In the Blood (Joseph Jefferson Award nomination for Best Actress) at Next Theatre Company. Her regional credits include productions with California Shakespeare Theatre, Indiana Repertory Theatre, Shakespeare Santa Cruz, the Alabama Shakespeare Festival, American Conservatory Theater, Magic Theatre, Aurora Theatre Company, and Marin Theatre Company. Karen appeared in a guest star recurring role as Adele Kipling in the Netflix series The Get Down (produced and directed by Baz Luhrmann). Other television & film credits include: Dr. Kendra Perrington on NBC's Chicago Fire, Chicago PD, and Chicago Med, Dr. Ella Harris in the Golden Globe-winning series Boss, Blue Bloods (CBS), Unforgettable (CBS), and Ron Howard's The Dilemma. Karen taught Acting for Freshman Drama students at Santa Clara University. She also succesfully coaches actors in NYC and Chicago.

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