karen sunde -photo by Natalia Vergara

KABUKI LADY MACBETH, directed by Paul Doniger,Pomperaug Theatre Company

ks at Abraham trailer shoot


January 21, 2009

Tags: how our work works, acting and the audience, nature of audience, an actor's job, what an audience is

I wanted a life in art; acting led to writing, and I learned that art can only be born in the air between. As actor I must ignite, by my life onstage, a current for the audience's imagination to be lit by the writer's. As writer my words are only the first step to the air vibrating with life surging between actors and audience.

Audience is an organism composed of all who gather. In the beginning they share humanity, but what they become, as the current flows among them and from them, is community. That's why I want my writing to speak to any person - whatever race, age, sex, religion, culture - who happens to come.

Theatre's power and purpose is to create, from any group that gathers, a community celebrating itself. It tells us who we are, and that we are TOGETHER. When it works, it's magic. And holy.

(for Contemporary Authors, April 1998 - Karen Sunde)


  1. March 6, 2009 3:51 PM EST
    dear mrs. Sunde,
    My name is zachary green. i am a student at brownwood high school and i would like to thank you very much for all of the help that you have given our director, larry mathis. it has helped us progress our show very much. now that we have finished all of our work sops and progress toward the district competition, i shudder to think what our show would be like without the correspondance between you and Mathis.
    Thanks so very much,
    PS we taped our show last night and if you would like a copy, you can contact me at bwdftbl61@aol.com or mr. Mathis
    - Zachary Green
  2. July 30, 2009 3:21 PM EDT
    Thanks, Zach! I'd love to see it.
    - Karen Sunde
  3. July 7, 2011 4:18 PM EDT
    It appears that you were a student at Wells, MN, when I taught there. Correct?
    Please respond, if you'd like.
    - Eugene Sorensen
  4. January 30, 2013 5:53 PM EST
    AAAAH, Gene - as I recall? How will I know where to respond to you. I'm seeing your comment two years after you wrote it!
    You likely have little idea how much you have to answer for!!
    - Karen Sunde

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