Karen Gross is a Halifax-based producer. She spends most of her time with 2b theatre company. She is also the artistic co-director of Keep Good (Theatre) Company (Let’s Try This Standing, Constellations) and the resident producer for the Accidental Mechanics Group (Let’s Not Beat Each Other To Death) and HomeFirst Theatre (It Is Solved By Walking, Messenger). Karen has also worked with Zuppa Theatre Co., Live Art Dance, Strategic Arts Management, and the Magnetic North Theatre Festival. Karen is the co-founder of the StART Festival, an interdisciplinary festival of art by emerging artists at the Bus Stop Theatre. She graduated from the University of King’s College in 2014 with a combined honours degree in theatre and contemporary philosophy.
Karen has experience writing grant applications at the municipal, provincial, and federal level. She has assembled proposals for small and mid-sized organizations as well as individual artists, with experience writing operating grants, project grants, travel grants, touring grants, professional development grants, and more. She has taught grant writing and budgeting for emerging artists in workshops with the StART Festival and has also mentored students and emerging artists through her position with 2b theatre company and their emerging artist-in-residence, student rep, and Fountain School of Performing Arts apprenticeship programs. She enjoys collaborating with artists to help them articulate the impact of their work and hopes to make grant writing a little less scary and mysterious.