BFA (Honours), Theater Design, New York University, 1981.
Karen Matthews (BFA, New York University, 1981) has maintained a 30-year award winning career as a costume designer in film, TV, theatre, opera, dance and performance. She is delighted to be teaching at Capilano University.
Capilano University, Faculty Professor, 2008-present.
Adjunct Professor, School of Motion Picture Arts, Faculty of Theatre and Film, University of British Columbia, 2010-11.
Costume Design experience includes:
- 12 feature films;
- over 30 series and made for TV movies;
- 28 theatre productions;
- 6 dance productions;
- 2 operas;
- 3 years fashion stylist New York City.
"Homefront", a reading series: George Stanley, Sharon Thiessen, Colin Brown, 2011-13.
Co-produced "The Opera Project", which premiered four ten minuet operas by four different teams of composers and librettists, 2011.
Co-produced Caryl Churchill's "Seven Jewish Children", Vancouver, B.C., 2010.
Co-produced a series of house concerts titled "Song Room", where composers and writers are brought together to build song literature, 2007-12.
There have been 54 premiers, of which 11 were featured in a CD in the 2008 Capilano Review issue, "Collaborations".
Jessie Award Nomination, Best Costume Design, What You're Missing, 2015.
Leo Award Nomination, Outstanding Costume Design, Dragon Boys, 2007.
Leo Award, Outstanding Costume Design, Voyage of the Unicorn, 2005.
Jessie Award Nomination, Outstanding Costume Design, True West, 2003.
Jessie Award Nomination, Outstanding Costume Design, Joey Shine, 1998.
Gemini Award Nomination, Outstanding Costume Design, Captains Courageous, 1997.
Ace Award Nomination, Outstanding Costume Design, Captains Courageous, 1996.
Jessie Award Nomination, Outstanding Costume Design, True Mummy, 1996.
Gemini Award Nomination, Outstanding Costume Design, Max Glick, 1992.