Dr Karen Pearlman writes, directs and edits screen productions and she researches and writes about screen culture and creative processes.
Karen is a lecturer in Screen Production and Practices at Macquarie University where her research has been supported by a Macquarie University New Staff Grant, a Faculty of Arts Themed Workshop grant and two Faculty Research Travel Scheme grants.
Before joining Macquarie, Karen held the post of Head of Screen Studies at AFTRS for 6 years and was a partner investigator in the ARC/Australia Council funded investigation 'Games and the Wider Interactive Entertainment Industry in Australia: an inquiry into sources of Innovation'. Karen is the author of 'Cutting Rhythms, Intuitive Film Editing' (now in its 2nd edition with Focal Press). In addition to 'Cutting Rhythms', her publications include editing 'Performing the Unnameable; An Anthology of Australian Performance Texts' (Currency Press, 1999) and she has published academic essays and articles in the International Journal of Screendance; Participations Journal of Audience Research; Metro, RealTime, The Journal of Performance Studies and other anthologies and journals.
Karen is also a director of the multi-award winning Physical TV Company, through which she has developed, produced, directed or edited numerous highly acclaimed short films, online and mobile productions and the short feature Thursday's Fictions. Her recent film, 'Woman with an Editing Bench', won the national ATOM Award for Best Short Fiction, and the Australian Screen Editors' Guild Award for Best Editing in a Short. Karen's 2014 half hour documentary '...the dancer from the dance' was a finalist for an Australian Dance Award for Outstanding Achievement in Dance on Screen, and also a finalist for an ATOM Award for Best Arts Documentary.
Karen's work as a professional editor includes documentary, dancefilm and drama. She was the 2009-2010 President of the Australian Screen Editors Guild and enjoys her ongoing association with the guild as a full member and frequent public speaker. Before taking up filmmaking, editing, and film studies, Karen had a distinguished career as a professional dancer - performing with the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Company on the Opera House stages of the world and directing two dance companies. She holds a Doctorate of Creative Arts from UTS, two MAs - one from UTS and one from AFTRS, and a BFA in dance from NYU Tisch School of the Arts.