ADAM KARSTEN | KAREN SIEBER
Adam and Karen are a New York City based director / choreographer team working to create physically explosive theatrical, televised and commercial works.
Having come from independent careers, when Adam and Karen began working together they immediately understood that they had found a rare partnership. Their work is known for well developed concepts, stylized vocabulary, and creating unique worlds for each production.
They have created works for Live From Lincoln Center, televised documentaries for PBS (2012-2017), as well as commercial campaigns for Sprint, Deutsche Bank, California Closets, McKinsey & Co., and Tweety Jewelry. They've directed and choreographed works for Off-Broadway, Regional U.S. Theatre and Europe.
Adam Karsten - Co-Founder, Artistic Director
From as far back as my earliest memories I have searched for a new way to construct rather than “record” reality. As a director and producer, I have sought new ways to craft concepts and answer the questions of “why,” “who” and “where.” Each new client and each new project allow for the possibility of putting purpose into perspective and I look beyond the understandable. Discovering, guiding, and growing with other individuals and artists is the most meaningful aspect of my work.
While directing and producing works for the Emmy Award winning performing arts series, Live From Lincoln Center and the Public Broadcasting Station (PBS), I had the opportunity to work across and alongside such artists as Joel Grey, Josh Groban, Megan Hilty, Kristin Chenoweth, Paolo Szot and many more. I was privileged enough to have some of my films, programs and documentaries air nationally & internationally and have directed multiple award winning film and commercial projects that took on some of the more important issues facing our communities and world today. Within each of these projects I discovered aspects of the subjects that were unknown to me or which I found enlightening and all eventually led to a new way to approach each project, tell each story, and stylize each production. All came from the collaboration and intensity with which we explored the subject matter and nuances of the subject at hand.
I have directed and produced works for the Public Broadcasting Station (PBS); WPGH; WQXR; FOX Network; and HSN. Through A2K Productions, I directed multiple award winning film projects such as: Other Than Emily (2009); Shy of Serenity (Reel Time Film Festival Award Winner—2008); Miss Swiss (Indie Gathering / Gloria Film Festival Award Winner—2007); the documentary, Ed. L.; (New York International Film Festival Selection—2007); and Bored of Education (taking best comedy at the New York International Film Festival—2006). I've directed and produced both national and regional commercial campaigns for Deutsche Bank, Sprint, Walmart, KidzStuff, New York City Hospitals, Tweety Jewelry and Thomas Net, among others. IMDB page.
I believe in the uncompromising pursuit of generating unique theatrical experiences and have directed multiple musical, dramatic and operatic productions Off-Broadway, Regionally, in Europe, and with Touring companies. I've been the Artistic Director for A2K Productions, LLC (www.A2KProductions.com) since 2006; held the same position from 2012 to 2017 with Weathervane Playhouse (the oldest summer stock theatre in Ohio) www.weathervaneplayhouse.org; and Co-Founded the downtown theatre company Conflict of Interest Theatre Company in 2008.
Committed to developing new stage works, I am currently the writer/director of the new soul/pop musical, We Are Ameena (scheduled for a 2010 AEA Workshop production), and the producer/director of the ResistDance film campaign. I directed The Trouble With Doug at Goodspeed Musicals (New Artist’s Festival); wrote and directed Quiet Clock, The Musical, which premiered Off-Broadway at Stage 72 (Parent’s Choice, NYT Critic’s Pick); directed La Mambopera, world premiere at Hostos Arts Center, NYC (with famed Puerto Rican artist, Adal Maldonado); directed and produced all film production on the Off-Broadway play, Deep Throat Scandal at Bleeker Street Theatre; directed Wrestling The Alligator, at the Planet Connections Theater Festival, NYC (world premiere); and the Off-Broadway play, The Danish Mediations at the Access Theater, NYC (world premiere). Adam also wrote and directed the life story of Mary Martin, I Gotta Crow, which opened and premiered at the Touhill Arts Center in St. Louis and toured regionally across the U.S.
Karen Sieber - Co-Founder, Choreographer
Karen Sieber is a an award-winning choreographer, director and educator based in New York City.
Born in Switzerland, she began her dance career with Zurich Dance Theater; Raza Hamadi's Ballet Jazz Art (France); and Matt Mattox’s JazzArt (France). She enjoyed an illustrious career as a professional dancer and actress before moving into choreographing for musical theatre and film/television.
She has performed, choreographed and directed at some of the following theatres: Goodspeed Musicals, 59E59 Theatre, Theatre Under The Stars (Houston), Fox Theatre (Atlanta), Kansas City Starlight, Shubert Theatre (New Haven), Wolf Trap, Radio City Music Hall, Judson Gym, and Symphony Space (NYC).
Karen strives to blend technique and raw imagery with her choreography on stage and screen. Her work and approach come from a relentless search for truth in which she confronts issues of human conflict in stylized fashion, spirited movement, artistic imagery and with a diversity of dance styles spanning from classical ballet, modern, tap and jazz, to hip-hop.
She is dedicated to the development of new works, and recently choreographed the world premiere of the musical Holmes, The Legend in Prague (Czech Republic); worked on a re-imagined production of Into The Woods at Theatre Under The Stars (Houston); and directed and choreographed a work for the Guggenheim Works & Process series (NYC); as well as choreographed premiere productions that have toured the U.S., played Off-Broadway, Internationally, and include several Broadway Workshop productions.
Karen loves to choreograph for film, and co-created and choreographed the film series ResistDance, national televised commercials, such as Deutsche Bank, Renault Motor Car, Minolta Camera, Gillette, and many others. She is currently providing choreography for the short film Still Here.
As an Associate Choreographer, Karen worked on the Broadway Workshops of the Liberace Musical, All That Glitters (37 Arts), the musical Zarra-Unmasked at Last starring Chita Rivera (37 Arts) and BCEFA’s Easter Bonnet (Minskoff Theatre). She has worked alongside Broadway director/choreographer Dan Siretta on the world premiere of Whatever Happened to Baby Jane (TUTS), Very Good Eddie (Goodspeed Musicals), Some Like It Hot starring Tony Curtis (First National Tour), and the Emmy nominated (Choreography) Hallmark Entertainment film of A Christmas Carol starring Kelsey Grammer.
She is a full member of SDC, AEA, SAG-AFTRA and AGVA.