Carolyn began her career as a stand-up comic, performing in comedy clubs all over the world including New York, Chicago, London, Amsterdam, and Auckland. After studying physical theater at the Ecole Jacques LeCoq in Paris she began to write and perform one-woman shows. No Spleen has been performed in Edinburgh, Chicago, Adelaide and New York.
If Americans Are So Awful Then Take Your Hand Off My Knee premiered at the Orlando Fringe Festival and was nominated for three Umbrella Awards, including Best Production, Best Female Performer and Best Use of Space. The show was also presented at the HERE Arts Centre in New York City.
Directing credits include the Chicago production of Society Blues, the original comedy Tami Boy, selected for the 2002 Aspen Comedy Festival, and In Search of Tulla Berman, which opened at Theatre Rhinoceros in San Francisco in February 2002.
Carolyn was also co-creator and producer of the production SPLICE, a theatrical exploration of classic films. She performed in both the 2001 and 2002 tours of the show throughout North America and Canada. The show was voted “Most Outstanding Production” and “Most Creative Production” of the Toronto International Fringe Festival.
Since moving to Los Angeles Carolyn has written and directed two short films, Rigid: The Birth of the Human Statue and Million Dollar Xanadu. She has worked for both the Slamdance Film Festival and the Los Angeles Film Festival, as well as for the Independent Spirit Awards, as a blogger and red carpet interviewer.
Her first novel, The Lost Children, was published by Simon & Schuster in February of 2010, and became a Scholastic book in March of 2011. She holds a BA in Art History from Barnard College and a Master in Professional Writing from the University of Southern California. She teaches writing across many platforms, including fiction, screenwriting, and critical analysis.
Carolyn is currently working on a new novel set in a Manhattan that has been taken over by extremists, called Time Zero.