About Karen

Karen Ceesay is an actor/writer/producer living and working in Atlanta, Georgia. You can catch Karen in some of your favorite shows - kicking zombie butt in her fifth season on the long running, hit series The Walking Dead, parenting her kids in 1980s Hawkins, Indiana on Stranger Things or selling fancy houses on the OWN fan favorite, Greenleaf. As a writer, she and her writing partner Andre Brooks, have a project in development at Freeform with Laurence Fishburne's production company, Cinema Gypsy.

Born and raised in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Karen Ceesay's "career" started at  age ten. After attending a friend's performance at the New Freedom Theater, she begged her mom to enroll her in their prestigious program to study drama, dance and musical theater. Just a few years later, she had already performed in over ten full scale theater productions. She then enrolled at the Weist-Barron School of Television to pursue her true love, television. She continued her training at and maintained her acting chops throughout high school participating in drama club and various local performance competitions. Upon graduation, she arrived in Atlanta, Georgia to attend Spelman College where she received her B.A. in theater.


A long standing member of Atlanta’s improv & sketch community, she started studying improv with Laughing Matters, then went on to study and become a main stage member at Whole World Theatre. Since then, she has appeared/performed with - Dad’s Garage, The Village Theatre, Highwire, Red Pill Players, Dark Side of the Room; served as emcee for Atlanta’s Women of Improv Benefit Show. She served as emcee for Seed & Spark's experimental celebration of the Atlanta art scene, The South Has Something to Say as well as for Women In Film & Television (WIFTA) Short Film Showcase.


An active participant in Atlanta's Film & Television community, Karen is frequently called on to sit on industry panels including - the Atlanta Film Festival (ATLFF), BronzeLens Film Festival and the enourmously popular fan convention, DragonCon among many others. She is also an active member of Georgia Production Partnership (GPP) and served on the board of Women in Film & Television Atlanta (WIFTA) for several years, overseeing the chapter's fortieth anniversary celebration. 


Photo Credit: Dheeaba Donghrer