(Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania) – Actress, Singer-songwriter [inducted 2016]
Karen Abercrombie is an award winning actress, Parents Choice Award winning storyteller, singer-songwriter and motivational speaker. She recently received the Movie guide Grace Award for her performance in the Kendrick Brothers’ film War Room. Karen played the spicy 80-year old prayer warrior, Miss Clara in the film. She has guest starred on several television shows, her most recent roles included playing the character Zelda Molskey on the CBS show The Inspectors, playing Aberdeen in the AMC hit show Turn, and playing oncologist Stephanie Briggs on Vampire Diaries. She also appeared on Beverly Hills 90210, Fresh Prince of Bel Air, Ally McBeal, Saved By The Bell, Judging Amy and Strong Medicine.
Karen recently formed her own production company, Tapestry Entertainment, LLC, where she is creating and producing uplifting, thought provoking entertainment and positive film projects with good role models for children and teens.
An avid lover of jazz, Karen decided to pull together some of the jazz music she had written over the years, and record it. She released her debut album Matters Of The Heart received favorable reviews.
Karen has also written a children’s book about manners which will be available for purchase later this year. She is beyond thrilled to have the book illustrated by gifted artist Leah Visbaras who was a student of hers when Karen was artistic director of Angels Take Flight, A Children’s Theatre Company which she founded in Mooresville, North Carolina.
Karen grew up in a suburb of Pittsburgh and she currently resides in Atlanta. She studied at the University of Pittsburgh and trained under honorary member Dr. Vernell Lillie, through the Kuntu Reparatory Theater. She also is a graduate of the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York City.
In late spring of 2017, Karen Abercrombie will again take on the New York stage in a drama with music which she has written and will star in. The production is entitled Ciao Bella.