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Karinne Keithley Syers is an interdisciplinary artist who has been making performance and a/v objects since 1995. Her show Montgomery Park, or Opulence won a 2011 Bessie (New York Dance and Performance Award) for Outstanding Production, in which it was cited as a "meditation on the emotion of being alive." Her original full-length works have been presented by Incubator Arts Project, Mt. Tremper Arts, Danspace Project, Dixon Place, Ice Factory at the Ohio Theater, Prelude Festival (with Joyce Cho), and Here Arts Center, and shorter works have been seen at St. Ann's Warehouse (Puppet Lab), Dance Theater Workshop, P.S. 122, La MaMa E.T.C., Catch, the Ontological/Hysteric Theater, and Little Theater.

As a writer she holds an MFA in Playwriting from Brooklyn College, where she studied with Mac Wellman. She was a MacDowell Colony Fellow in theater in 2008-9, and a member of the SoHo Rep Writer/Director Lab in 2006-7. She is a founding member of the playwrights groups Joyce Cho and Machiqq. She recently wrote a libretto for the Theater of a Two-Headed Calf's opera project. Her novella and song cycle, LINDA, was serialized on Hilobrow.com in 2011.

As a performer she has collaborated with David Neumann, Young Jean Lee, Paul Lazar and Annie-B Parson, Chris Yon, Sara Smith, and Yoshiko Chuma. She has also created original sound scores for Neumann, Yon, Lazar, as well as Ivy Baldwin, Monica Bill Barnes, Tami Stronach, Kate Weare. She has collaborated as a video artist with Sibyl Kempson, and Big Dance Theater.

She lived in New York City for twelve years before moving to California in 2010. During her time in New York she not only showed her own work and collaborated with other artists, but created vehicles to produce and promote fellow artists. She founded the 53rd State Press in 2007, which is about to publish its tenth title. With Chris Yon, she co-founded Ur, a dance palace (2003-5). She hosted the Fancy Stitch Machine Continuous Play Variety Hour at Galapagos Art Space in 2001-2. And she instigated the founding of Joyce Cho, a playwrights group that hosts the annual Chochiqq BBQ theater. With Jason Grote she co-hosted the Acousmatic Theater Hour on WFMU, and produced several radio plays for that show. She has written for Movement Research and Performa.

She taught dance and performance on the faculties of American Dance Festival, Hollins University, and Amherst College, and has been an MFA thesis advisor for the ADF/Hollins program. She has taught as a guest artist nationally and internationally. From 2004-2010 she taught English literature at Brooklyn College, and is working on her Ph.D. in English at the CUNY Graduate Center, writing a dissertation on literary and philosophic inquiry and American aesthetics, which she expects to complete in 2013.

She is currently writing fiction, a dissertation, and developing a solo show that will premiere in October 2013 at the Chocolate Factory in Long Island City, NY, where she once lived, though now she lives in Long Beach, CA.

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karinnekeithley[at]gmail.com, if you need to get in touch.