Karen Johnson Mortimer

Artistic Advisor

Karen Johnson Mortimer was the Director the 2012 Australian production of Annie, starring Anthony Warlow. In 2011 she choreographed Turns starring Australian theatre legends Reg Livermore and Nancy Hayes and continues her role as Associate Director for the returning Australasian tour of Wicked for 2013/2014.

Karen’s career spans over 40 years, beginning at the age of 15 in a professional production of Anything Goes starring Toni Lamond. She was Resident Director for Chicago the Musical that toured Australia, Singapore and Hong Kong in 2009/2010 and also held this position on Grease-The Arena Spectacular in 2005.  Karen was one of the Artistic Directors for the World Youth Day Festival Performances throughout Sydney in 2008. In 2004 she completed a Masters Degree at the University of Wollongong in Theatre Research and currently maintains her position as one of the Artistic Directors for CaSPA.

As a performer, Karen played Cassie in the original Australian production of A Chorus Line and has appeared in many productions for J.C.Williamson and Sydney Theatre Company including Company, Conquest of Carmen Miranda, Dames at Sea, Kiss Me Kate, No No Nanette, Irene as well as GFO productions Cabaret and Footloose.

Karen’s choreographic credits also include: Grease-The Mega Musical (GFO), Stones in His Pockets (STC), Leader of The Pack- The Ellie Greenwich Musical (Star City), Irish Dance Spectacular Anzac Military Tattoo (Acer Arena), Opening Ceremonies for numerous Bledisloe Cups (Telstra Stadium Sydney & ANZ Stadium Brisbane), Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) Opening Ceremony (Qld), Opening Ceremony- Fina World Swimming Championships (Melb 2008), Helpmann Awards (2007), Tin Symphony (Opening Ceremony – 2000 Sydney Olympics), Gold Medallists Gymnastic Gala- 2000 Sydney Olympics (NBC-USA), Kelly’s Republic (Sydney Festival), Oscar’s Turn To Sing, Wonder Woman (Reg Livermore), Sacred Cow (Reg Livermore), Norman Gunston Show (ABC TV) and Farnham & Byrne (ABC TV).