PEP | Performers Exchange Project

Kara McLane Burke


Kara McLane Burke is a native of Westfield, NJ and graduate of James Madison University. Theatre experience includes a stint with Shenandoah Shakespeare Express (now the American Shakespeare Center) actor/road manager/director (1993, 95-96); Outproud Theatre, Atlanta Open Season (1994); Foolery founding member/performer (1997-2002) – Second Shepherd’s Play, Cyrano, Cesario, Something Wanting, Life’s A Dream, Vassilisa the Brave (director); Live ArtsThe Seagull, Boston Marriage, and Our Lady of 121st Street, 24/7; Walker Stage, NYC – sky/no sky by Savitri Durkee (2003); ASC’s Much Ado about Nothing, King Lear, Knight of the Burning Pestle (2003).

She is a founding member of PEP, organizing and appearing in A Charlottesville Wunderkammer (2006) and Shentai (2007) as Greta, and as Anna in Dido vs The Squid Monster. She was stage manager for the creation and premiere of Our American Ann Sisters and later performer, stepping into Kay Ferguson’s roles. She and Siân co-created and performed in PEP’s The Convolution of Pip and Twig in 2014, which they produced at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Other performances include: Kay’s The Madwoman Project, Zap McConnell’s The Unearthing, and Jennifer’s Drugsong with Victory Hall Opera and electro-pop opera The Near MissesShe lives in Charlottesville with her husband Chris and daughters Haley and Erin.