Karen's Bio


Karen Jones Meadows is an award-winning author, actress and producer who writes, performs, and leads workshops for adult and young audiences with an emphasis on creating dynamic life changing experiences.


She recently finished CRYSTALS, a lively play in the company of six feisty racially and culturally diverse women on a spiritual journey—against their wills.  Production dates will be posted on the News & Events page.


Karen has many HARRIET’S RETURN performances scheduled this year and a constant calendar of one-on-one intuitive readings for people seeking to understand the patterns, promptings, and escalating intensity in their lives.  


The past couple of years has lead Karen to live in two regions of the country, begin acting in films again, including her portrayal of Hailee Parks, in Scott Cervine’s film, THE GIFT, and working with youth projects including DROPPING IN, developed and performed for the Lt. Governor’s Graduation Summit Conference in Las Cruses and then throughout NM, as a component of the New Mexico Forum for Youth in Community,  and Luna Stage Company’s, HEARTS FOR HAITI - KE POU NOU AYITI, youth theatre project in Orange, NJ.  At the invitation of the British Virgin Islands’ government, Ms. Jones Meadows created and directed a production documenting the country’s colorful history, performed by an amazing local cast as the opening event of their annual Emancipation Celebration.


Ms. Jones Meadows’ writings have garnered awards and honors such as; The United Minority Media Association, Inc., Special Recognition Award; W.K.Kellogg Foundation Expert In Residence; The Drama League of New York Playwright Award; First Place International Short Film Award, Writer/Producer, Black Filmmakers Hall of Fame; Certificate For Outstanding Accomplishment, California State Assembly; Award of Achievement, Coalition For A Non-Violent City, For Youth Investment; Outstanding Accomplishment in Culture and Community Service Award, Black Women’s Forum; Cornerstone Award, Penumbra Theatre; Distinguished McGee Professor of Writing Award, Davidson College; and many commissions and inclusions in publications such as, The National Black Drama Anthology: Eleven Plays from America's Leading African-American Theaters, Edited by Woodie King, Jr.  Ms. Jones Meadows' award winning plays are HARRIET'S RETURN, HENRIETTA, MAJOR CHANGES, and TAPMAN. For youths she's written SALA CINDERELLA; S.O.U.L.: Stars Of Urban Life; THE CHALLENGE: Sophia and William Meet Chesnutt and Twain; and EVERYBODY'S SECRET.  Her plays have been performed in prestigious venues such as The Alabama Shakespeare Festival, Crossroads Theatre, Geffen Playhouse, The Kennedy Center, The Oncenter Carrier Theatre, Alley Theatre, Penumbra Theatre, Plowshares Theatre, Urban Stages, The Negro Ensemble Company, The Doris Duke Theatre, and The Acting Company.


In demand as a speaker and workshop leader, Ms. Jones Meadows conducts interactive seminars, and group and private workshops—see Touring Workshops on this site—for people of all ages, exploring the dramatic impact of any creative form as a means to heal the spirit, mind, emotions and physical expression of the creator and audience.  Through The Association of International Schools In Africa, Ms. Jones Meadows toured The Ivory Coast, Kenya, Tanzania, Zimbabwe, and South Africa as a keynote speaker and workshop facilitator training administrators and teachers through hands-on activities in the use and power of drama curriculums in schools.  Ms. Jones Meadows has also consulted for museums, colleges, publishing houses and service organizations throughout the US and abroad, and is an arts-in-education specialist.


Ms. Jones Meadows took a long acting hiatus before returning to the stage in HARRIET'S RETURN, where she continues to receive rave critical and popular reviews.  She has been lead or principal actress in 28 commercials, and numerous stage, film, and television productions.  She produces in all communications mediums.