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2016: Students at Augsburg College in Minneapolis, MN,
stage her play
"Silence Is Health," directed by Beliza Torres-Narváez.

Appears in season 4 of the Netflix's series "House of Cards" alongside
Robin Wright (episode director) and Ellen Burstyn.

Co-starts in the web series "Anthology" by Nuanse Entertainment.

Appears in the TV series "Blue Bloods."

Opens her solo play "Womankind" at La MaMa E.T.C. in NYC to rave reviews.

Alongside Miguel Belmonte, she creates the one-act play "Vertigo," which opened at a private event in Brooklyn in January 2014.

Writes and begins production for her fourth solo show, "Womankind."

The movie "Babygirl," by Macdara Vallely, opens in the Tribeca Film Festival in New York City.

2011:  "Gun Hill Road" opens to sold-out houses at Sundance, among other international festivals, and in select theaters in New York City. 

"The Orphans" -introducing Peruvian actor Renzo Ampuero- reopens at the Connelly Theater in NYC in June, as part of the 5th Teatro StageFest.

"The Orphans" plays in São Paulo, Brazil, to full houses as part of the first collaboration between StageFest and the Brazilian organization SESC. More details at

Casiano and Daniel Irizarry are nominated for Outstanding Choreography for "The Orphans" at the 2011 NY Innovative Theater Awards.

2010:  Her new play "The Orphans," a collaboration with actor/director Daniel Irizarry and her second play for La Criatura Theater, premieres to rave reviews at the renowned La MaMa ETC, in December. Reviews and pictures at www.lacriatura.org.

Shoots the movie "Gun Hill Road" alongside Esaí Morales, Judy Reyes, Robin De Jesús and Miriam Colón, and directed by Rashaad Ernesto Green, which will premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in January 2011.

Appears as talk show host "Claudia" in the film "Babygirl" by Macdara Vallely.

Her one-woman show "ROOTLESS: La No-Nostalgia" plays

to sold out houses at the 8vo Festival Internacional de Cabaret
in Mexico City in July. Press: PAPER  RADIO

In May, "ROOTLESS: La No-Nostalgia" plays at P.S.122 as part

of the 7th Annual soloNOVA Arts Festival, and is nominated for
a New York InnovativeTheater Award 2010 as Outstanding Musical.

Stars in the short film "Happy Birthday" by Noel Calloway, produced by Amber Bickham, and receives excellent reviews
on www.talentoverstock.com.

2009:  The Hemispheric Institute of Performance and Politics at New York University invites "Rootless” to its 7th Encuentro, in Bogotá, Colombia.        

“Rootless” opens at CUNY's John Jay College, sponsored by the Department of Latina/o and Latin American Studies and of several pro-immigrant non-profits in New York City.

Appears on the TV show "Law and Order."

2008:  Premieres her third one-woman show entitled “Rootless: La No-Nostalgia” at chashama 42nd Street in Manhattan.

Debuts as the lead vocalist of the Latin American folk music band "Trova York."

2007:  Appears on the world premiere of Charles Mee's “Fire Island” with 3-Legged Dog. 

Collaborates with Knife, Inc. at HERE Arts Center on the play “ophelia3.”        

Stars in the shorts “Trigger Effect” (Crucible Films), “That's Good, That's Enough (FemmeMaker Prods.) and “Mojado” (CT Pictures,  SBIFF ‘08.)

Writes, directs and premieres her site-specific play “Silence Is Health / Silencio es Salud” for La Criatura Theater Company. 

2005:  Nominated for a New York Latin ACE award as Best Comedy Actress for her lead performance as Diana, Countess of Belflor, in Lope de Vega's "The Dog in the Manger" at Spanish Repertory Theater, where she also starred in "Blood Wedding, "The House of Bernarda Alba" and "Bad Blood," among others.  

Plays the lead role in “Medea” by Ágora Teatro, staged at the San Felipe del Morro Fort in San Juan.

La Criatura Theater Company.

2004:  “Colonia 2007” is invited to participate in HERE Arts Center's The American Living Room Festival in New York.

“¿Qué me trajiste?: Cabaret Boricua” opens in New York at HERE Arts Center.

Stars in the short film “The Love Bite” by Macdara Vallely

(Best Irish Short, Galway Film Fleadth ’04, Ireland.)

Colaborates with The Flying Machine at Public Theater in their

production of Celine's “Journey to the End of the Night.”

Debuts “off-Broadway” as understudy of the lead actress in  “La Lupe: My Life, My Destiny” with the Puerto Rican Traveling Theater .   

Colaborates with Josh Fox's International WOW Company in “The Bomb.”

 With Colectivo C-4, she participates in the 10th Havana International Theater Festival, and opens “Luz Negra” by Álvaro Menén Desleal in Puerto Rico.       

Goes on tour with “¿Qué me trajiste?” y “Colonia 2007" to Ecuador, Perú, Chile and Argentina.

 2000:  Receives funding from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Institute of Puerto Rican Culture to produce her second one-woman show “Colonia 2007 o el cabaret de los días terribles.”

“¿Qué me trajiste?” opens at Havana's National Theater Café-Teatro Delirio Habanero.

1999:  Writes, directs and premieres her first one-woman show “¿Qué me trajiste?”.

1998:  Stars in "Waiting for Godot,” by Rosa Luisa Márquez, as part of the Encuentro Ayacucho 98 and the International Theater Festival in Lima, Perú.

Moves to Quito, Ecuador, to study with the renowned theater group Malayerba.

Stars in Badal Sircar's “Procession,” directed by Rosa Luisa Márquez.

  Co-founds experimental theater troupe Colectivo C-4 and they premiere Jorge Díaz's “Día Uno, Eve of the Beheading.”

Collaborates in the cast of “Octopuses Garden," directed by Rosa Luisa Márquez.

Karina Casiano was born in San Juan, Puerto Rico, and graduated from the University of Puerto Rico.

Through the years, she has trained with Rosa Luisa Márquez, Penny Templeton Studio, Austin Pendleton, Paul Gemignani, Richard Crawford, Norman Taylor,Paul Ford, Joanna Merlin, Carolann Page, Susan Baum, Atlantic Theater Company, Heather Hammond, Kyra Johannessen, Marlo Fisken, Michelle Stanek, Steven Retchless, Movement Theater Studio, Michael Chekhov Studio, NY Goofs, The Second City, Upright Citizens Brigade,Yuyachkani, Viveca Vázquez, Petra Bravo, Malayerba, and many more.

For resumé and headshots:

Photos (from top to bottom) by: Flor Blake and Thomas Michael.

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