Karen Penley is a writer, performer and actress.

She wrote, created, directed and performed in two circuses with 7 others with live music by Bill Horvitz in Circus Proboscis: A Sneeze of Freaks and Greg Giles and 20 Minute Loop in Not the More Lovely: A Circus Sideshow. Circus Proboscis won a Theater Bay Area CASH grant award. The SF Bay Guardian said of Not the More Lovely, “this glad, jagged-toothed mockery of human folly comes fast, fresh and unexpected”.

Karen has performed her original songs and monologues at many venues in Dan Francisco and the East Bay including Lit Crawl, Quiet Lightning, Beast Crawl, Story Squared,Generations, Milkbar and many others. She hosted and performed in a weekly variety evening, Retard: the Church Shows.


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