Karen Summerton founded Actors Career Studios in 2021 to bring her passion for teaching improvisation and working with actors of all ages to the forefront. Her mission is simple: to inspire and empower actors to book the job of their dreams. With her unique approach, Karen creates a fun and supportive environment where actors can explore their craft and develop the skills they need to succeed. Whether you're just starting out or looking to take your career to the next level, Actors Career Studios is the perfect place to unleash your potential and achieve your goals.
Karen Summerton is a multi-talented artist with over two decades of experience in the entertainment industry as an award-winning actress, comedian, coach, teacher, writer, and director. Her extensive acting career includes working on several hit TV shows such as Saturday Night Live, Inside Amy Schumer, Gossip Girl, USA Network's Partners in Crime, and Mercy, as well as films like Get Him to the Greek, Confessions of a Shopaholic, and Ted 2. Karen has also been in numerous commercials, including a Bud Light commercial where John Mayer pranked her.
In 2016, Karen began coaching creatives at Actors Salon in New York City and has since expanded her teaching expertise to include improvisation and acting for all ages at National Comedy Theater, the Peoples Improv Theater, and MN Acting Studio. With her coaching, many of Karen's clients have booked feature films, regional theater, recurring roles on TV shows, commercials, and more.
Karen's approach to coaching is unique, instilling confidence in actors while creating a safe and nurturing environment for them to shine. She has won several awards and Best Actress nominations for her work in the dramatic short, Good Grief, directed by AJ Lovelace.
In addition to her acting and coaching career, Karen is also a talented writer and director. She starred in and co-wrote "The Karen and Jackie Show," a pilot for ABC, and directed and acted in a pilot for Disney XD called "Not So Super." In 2016, she was a series regular on USA Network's Partners in Crime.
Karen earned her BFA in Broadcasting and Acting from Long Island University/C.W. Post and has also completed an acting intensive at Carnegie Mellon and several summers at the performing arts camp Stagedoor Manor. She has trained at the Groundlings in Los Angeles, the Upright Citizens Brigade, and Peoples Improv Theater in New York City.