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Karen Lewellen - Speaking the Words

Aside from music, the most powerful communicative force in the universe in my opinion is literature. Poetry, prose, drama and nonfiction capture the essence of the human experience, shedding light on our shared cultural history - past and present. For me personally, the world of books introduced me to so very much that defines who I am and helps me better understand the wonderful works of art that we each represent.

I am more an interpreter of literature than the creator of it, with my first performances being on stage playing both musical and non-musical roles. More recently however, my story-telling takes on the form of a small group presentation or even narration of industrial film or commercial copy. I am expanding my work in this area using this website as a way to share my voice with the world.

I began reading at a very early age and both conventional print books and those from the library of congress' talking book program fill my world with the works of many beloved authors, both classical and contemporary. I also admire those who through their performing are genuine storytellers; among them the actress and singer Lena Horne, the late Michael Landon and Sammy Davis Jr. Other story-telling mentors include actor-director Leonard Nimoy, who teaches me constantly about character and creating realness in all our artistic work as well as the art that is our lives. Still, some of the best storytellers I meet are everyday people who with their neighbors and strangers for audiences share the poetry of their one-of-a-kind human existence in a way that equals any best-selling master.

On the 'Samples' page you will find characterized commercials illustrating my spoken work skill. Here are some of the roles and works of literature I have performed:

  • "Show Boat," as Queenie

  • "Once Upon a Mattress," as Queen Agravaine

  • "Camelot," as Nemui

  • "Who Killed Judy Garland?: a Variation on an Elegy on the Death and Burial of Cock Robin," Bud Shulburg,
        Theater by the Blind, New York City

  • Excerpts from "The Casebook of Sherlock Holmes," Sir Author Conan Doyle, Prose Interpretation

  • Excerpts from "Whose Afraid of Virginia Woolf," Alby, as Martha

  • Excerpts from "Talk to Me Like the Rain and Let Me Listen," Tennessee Williams, Dramatic Interpretation

  • Excerpts from "Ma Rainey's Black Bottom," August Willison, Dramatic Interpretation

  • "Amelia and the Castle Fire," Karen Lewellen, Children's Story Theater

  • Excerpts from "The Hobbit," Tolkien, Prose Interpretation

  • Excerpts from "The Human Comedy," William Surrian, Prose Interpretation

  • "How the Grinch Stole Christmas," Dr. Seuss, Children's Story Theater

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