Karen Ludwig

HB Studio instructor and Actress Karen Ludwig


“Acting is doing: What do you do to get what you want? Actors will learn how to use their own lives toward finding the emotional core of the character and most importantly how to play moment to moment.”


Karen Ludwig performs, directs and teaches in New York and L.A. Her Broadway credits include PRELUDE TO A KISS with Steve Guttenberg and John Randolph, BROADWAY BOUND with Joan Rivers, THE DEVILS with Anne Bancroft, THE BACCHAE with Irene Pappas and many plays at the Public Theater. She was a member of Andre Gregory’s Manhattan Project for two years, with which she performed THE SEAGULL and Wallace Shawn’s OUR LATE NIGHT throughout the United States and Europe. The first film she appeared in was Woody Allen’s MANHATTAN (Meryl Streep’s lover). Recent film credits include SPIDERMAN 2, THIRTEEN DAYS opposite Kevin Costner, and most recently ARE WE OFFICIALLY DATING? with Zach Efron. TV credits include NYPD BLUE, ER, PARTY OF FIVE, JUDGING AMY and many LAW AND ORDER episodes. Ms. Ludwig is very proud of her work as Ethel Rosenberg in HBO’s CITIZEN COHN, opposite James Woods, after which she helped raise money for the Rosenberg Foundation for Children. Ms. Ludwig has directed plays at the Theater for the New City, NYU School of the Arts, Ensemble Studio, Circle Rep and The HB Playwright’s Theater. She wrote and directed her own one-acts for the Third Stage in Stratford, Canada and the HB Playwright’s Theatre. Ms. Ludwig directs women in the creation of their own work, called WORD OF MOUTH, in New York and L.A. She taught acting and directing for 7 years at USC School for Cinema/TV and NYU Film School. As a filmmaker, she has written and directed a short, “The Good Stuff” starring Lindsay Crouse, and directed with Pennie DuPont UTA HAGEN’S ACTING CLASS, a compelling two-part DVD of her incomparable teacher, mentor and friend, conducting Master Acting Classes in Toronto, L.A., Chicago and New York; distributed by Applause Books and available on UTAHAGENVIDEO.COM and at HB Studio. Ms. Ludwig’s workshops include “The Power of Communication and Collaboration” which she taught at The Pearl Group, an immigration law firm based in San Francisco, and most recently for MFA thesis architects at the Parsons School for Design in New York City.  She is currently on staff at The New School for Drama, MFA Program and HB Studio in New York.