Kara Dahl Russell
Kara Dahl Russell is a professional actress, contralto and musician (harpist) who comes to Delmarva Public Radio with a wealth of professional performance and production experience. Kara is a critically acclaimed actress who trained at The Shakespeare Theatre in D. C.
Her roles have included Mrs. Kendall (The Elephant Man), Celimene (The Misanthrope), Fay McMahon (Loot), and Fastrada (Pippin) as well as many new plays, and in the cast of many award nominated plays. She has toured for the Kennedy Center (The Pearl), and performed in over 40 professional stage productions nationally, and on film and TV.
Trained at The Shakespeare Theatre, NPR’s Bob Mondello hailed her as a genius in stage reviews and she has been compared to both Eleanora Duse and Greta Garbo by national reviewers. Kara performed at “The Kitchen” art gallery with international artist and sculptor Jon Antone in the very first bi-coastal New York/L.A. internet café for a star studded gallery show/book launch/interview program on Barbie and images of women in art. Kara studied voice under a rigorous classical jury system, in private lessons with Jon Crane (regular opera co-star of the world-famous Marni Nixon).
Voice overs for radio and film have been an on-going part of her commercial and theatrical work. Kara’s production credits include sound design, writing and script analysis at several theatres, choreography, and a play she directed and adapted received a rare write-in nomination for a Helen Hayes Award.
A life-long musician, she began playing harp late in life, and was Resident Harpist on Staff at a large historic church in Los Angeles for 3 years, where she regularly played over 50 events each year, and also organized and produced events with live music performances of many genres.
Currently, as a regularly performing professional harpist, Kara teaches, and plays locally & nationally for events, recital performances and orchestras. She won an “Achievement Award in Harp” from Peabody Prep. and has studied harp privately with (Grammy Award Winning) Dr. Alison Bjorkedal, Dr. Ruth Inglefield (Head of Peabody Conservatory Harp Dept.), and Dr. Anastasia Pike (Peabody Prep. and Columbia University).
In her work here at Delmarva Public Radio she has achieved the rare distinction for a music host of winning two Associated Press Awards for “Outstanding Specialty Reporting” for music series.