The plays of KARLA M. SORENSON have been read and produced across the US and Europe, including Moving Parts of Paris, Gallery Players, Nantucket Short Play Festival, Edmonds Driftwood Players, Windham Actors Guild, Ghostlight Theatre Company, Sandwich Arts Alliance, Actors Studio of Newburyport, Boston Theater Marathon, Image Theater, Arlington Friends of the Drama, Footlight Club, Playwrights’ Platform, Centastage, Firehouse Center for the Arts, ACME Theatre Productions, Shelterbelt Theater, Towne Street Theater, Lakeshore Players, Astor Street Opera Company, and Dubuque Fine Arts Players.
Sorenson’s play Panopticon was a finalist in the Ivoryton Playhouse’s Women Playwrights’ Initiative for 2018. Greetings from the Cape! was a finalist in the Firehouse Center for the Arts 2018 New Works Festival, a semifinalist in the B Street Theatre’s 2nd Annual New Comedies Play Festival, and a semi-finalist in the Colonial Players’ 2017 Promising Playwright Contest. Tapped Out was a semifinalist in the 2013 Eugene O’Neill National Playwrights Conference and was produced by Image Theater in November 2014. [Dis]Connected was published in A Solitary Voice: A Collection of Epic Monologues.
Sole Obsession was Sorenson's first venture into the world of movie-making. She recently adapted her short play, Whole New World, for film, and the screenplay has been a semi-finalist for the Filmmatic Short Screenplay Award Season #5 and an official selection for Script Summit Screenplay Contest 2020 and Short. Sweet. Film Fest 2021.
Sorenson was recently Vice President of Playwrights' Platform, now in its 50th year of supporting Boston-area playwrights and actors, and produced both an in-person festival and a Zoom festival of new works in June 2022. She is also a member of the Cohort Club at Merrimack Repertory Theater. You can read some of her work at www.facebook.com/merrimackvalleyplaywrights/.
From 2013 to 2019, Sorenson was the leader of Merrimack Valley Playwrights - a development group for playwrights and actors. Although the group no longer meets regularly, she continues to support local playwrights, theaters, and actors and posts regularly on the MVP Facebook page.
Under Sorenson, MVP members read dozens of long and short stage plays and screenplays at monthly meetings – many of which went on to full productions at theaters around the country. MVP also produced staged readings of members' full-length plays at The Hearing Room and The Worthen Café in Lowell, in addition to short play readings as part of our Pop-Up Plays series. In 2017, MVP participated in the inaugural Lowell Creaticity Festival. Finally, in the spring of 2019, MVP members wrote, directed, and acted in Sorenson's short film, Sole Obsession. Go to mvplaywrights.wixsite.com/mvplaywrights for more information about MVP.