Originally from Charlotte, NC, Karen earned a BA Degree in Theatre and Film from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She made her Broadway debut as “Polly Baker” in the Tony-award-winning musical CRAZY FOR YOU after playing flamboyant socialite “Irene Roth” in the First National Tour.
Her most recent credits include working opposite Golden Globe winner Robin Wright on HOUSE OF CARDS, alongside Guy Pearce on his new film BREATHE IN and with Jack Quaid (HUNGER GAMES) as a hard-nosed psychiatrist in VINELAND.
Karen has co-starred on numerous television shows including 30 ROCK, BLUE BLOODS, BODY OF PROOF, LIGHTS OUT, GOSSIP GIRL, several episodes of LAW & ORDER, SEX & THE CITY, LAW & ORDER: CRIMINAL INTENT, THIRD WATCH, BETWEEN THE LIONS, and Dr. Emily Geller on ONE LIFE TO LIVE.
In her many workshops, readings and concerts she has worked alongside Elaine Stritch, Gina Gershon, Margo Martindale, Marin Mazzie, and Victoria Clark, among others. Additional theater credits include “Jenny” in the national tour of COMPANY, TEXAS HOMOS opposite Reed Birney, THAT’S SHOWBIZ! – awarded Best Musical at the NYC Midtown International Theater Festival, “Queen Elizabeth” in RICHARD III, PUTTIN ON THE RITZ co-starring with Carol Lawrence, TOPPER, THE PEOPLE VS MONA, BABY WITH THE BATHWATER, and she mastered the drums in just two weeks to play in the all-girl band for SWINGTIME CANTEEN at the Actor’s Theater of Louisville.
Her portrayal of egotistic “Joyce Brown” in the independent film HUNGRY YEARS, led one critic to proclaim “…the best performance comes from Karen Culp, the deluded doctor who unleashes, Dr. Phil style”. The film was nominated for Best Indy American Film at the Ft. Lauderdale Film Festival.
Karen spent two years as a correspondent for the national talk show AMERICAN MAGAZINE, and has appeared in and recorded numerous commercials and voice-overs. She can currently be heard as the voice of the “Mother” and other wacky characters on the animated series KENNY THE SHARK on Discovery Kids/HubTV.