E-learning VO Demo
Audio-Technica AT2020 Mic
Focusrite Scarlett Solo Pre-Amp
Audio-Technica ATH-M30x Headphones
Logic Pro X
Furman SS-6B Surge Suppressor
Backstage Acting/VO Profile
Karen Lyu is a unique and animated award-winning jazz singer/songwriter/actor, Holistic Voice Coach, and Female Musician Academy Songwriters Facilitator. Her background includes a BSS Jazz Studies - Vocal Performance from Cornell College, VO training with Don Cosgrove, acting training with Rebecca Lynne and T'Keyah Crystal Keymáh, animation training with Ned Lott, dialects training with Eliza Jane Schneider, and more. She won a $5,000 Minnesota State Arts Board grant to create, produce, and perform in the nostalgic, humorous, harrowing, and crowd-pleasing original musical "Memories and Media Myths of Iran and North Korea" in collaboration with award-winning Iranian-American vocalist, Maryam Yusefzadeh. Her range of experience allows her to portray a variety of characters and ages with empathy and conviction. Her engaging, believable, and versatile voice lends itself well to children's, inspirational, and historical books written by diverse voices. Karen also loves offbeat and fearless feminist roles and transformative non-fiction, as well as books with mouthwatering descriptions of healthy and ethnic foods.
Born in South Korea, Karen has lived in CA, TX, MN, IA, TN, was an expat in South Korea, and now loves her new home in Chicago, IL. A native English speaker with a passion for the written word, Karen speaks intermediate Spanish and Korean, and has also sung in 15 languages as a vocalist for conferences, events, concerts, and more. As an actor in Minneapolis, MN, she became known for doing quirky, feminist one-woman shows, in addition to musical theater. And, as a musical director, she has especially enjoyed supporting a number of children's theater productions. On the side, she has worked as a website designer, a graphic designer, an office worker, a canvasser, a caterer, a server, and also as an English teacher in South Korea. Her full life also includes good food, yoga, art, comedy, nature, traveling, and exploring technology.