Karen May Lisondra was an original cast member in the physical theatre company Fuerza Bruta (Buenos Aires, Argentina; Lisbon, Portugal), and toured the globe as Calypso with the Teatro de los Andes’ production of Homer’s The Odyssey (Yotala, Bolivia). Her one-woman show Mocambo, which she wrote and directed, won three prestigious national awards in Bolivia, including Best Actress (Peter Travesi Awards 2012, Eduardo Avaroa Awards 2013) and Best Director (Eduardo Avaroa Awards 2013), given by the Ministry of Culture.
She trained with renowned directors in South America: Guillermo Angelelli and Gabriel Chame (Cirque de Soleil) in Buenos Aires, Argentina; she was a resident artist with Teatro Tierra in Bogota, Columbia, training physical theatre actors. In 2013 she was given a theatre scholarship with the Theatre Epi d’Or in Pontigny, France, to train actors and develop ideas for the Festival du Artes Sacres, 2014.
Her theatrical pedagogy is based on a trans-cultural and deeply personal training process through which a performer’s uniqueness manifests, using exercises from the internal martial arts, anthropological theatre, Filipino folk dance, and other precision-oriented physical and vocal training. In Bolivia, she taught and directed at El Tapeque, Bolivia’s premier social circus, and was a consultant with Atempo Dance company. In Kansas City, MO, she taught theatre at Alta Vista Academia de Ninos in 2014 and at Woodland-Edison Classical Academy from 1999 – 2001.
Residing in the United States since 2014 with her husband Amado Espinoza, an innovative musician and instrument maker, they co-founded Resonation Music and Arts, LLC, bringing world music, dance and storytelling to the classroom and beyond.
She graduated with a radio/television/film degree from Northwestern University.