Karen Joan Spanjer

actress | model | producer
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PORTFOLIO / BIO

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Karen works as an actress and producer. She independently produced a short film called Patch that was shot in Guernsey/UK in which she starred in a main role. This film is broadcast on Shorts TV worldwide. For this film she received a Best Actress Award at the Madrid international Film Festival 2017.  Patch was selected for the prestigious LA Shorts Fest and has won the Award of Excellence at the Best Shorts Festival (La Jolla/San Diego) and the Award of Merit at the LA Global Shorts Festival. Recently, she joined Amsterdam based production company Revolver. 

Karen starred in several short films and Dutch tv shows (Beschuldigd, Lachen met Arne/Buya with Arne Toonen. Recently, she produced and starred in a children’s program about changed society due to Covid19 Het Anderhalve Meter Journaal with actress/director Systke van der Ster. Karen also works as a corporate actress for various companies and multi nationals. She can also be seen in commercials like Lidl (as Willemijn with Beau van Erven Dorens), in Nuon and in NCOI campaigns. She appeared in commercials as Ikea, Belastingdienst, Caiway and Holland Casino.

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Sector 9S – Short Sci-Fi Thriller
Christmas Commercial Lidl 2018
Film
Drama
Premiere
Silhouette
Raw
GLAM
DRAMA
NCOI
WELLNESS
Romantic
IKEA
VINTAGE
NCOI
Backstage
LIVE PERFORMANCE
COMPUTRAIN

 

TV/Film

Het Anderhalve Meter Journaal – children’s program – director Sytske van der Ster (actress/producer)

Comedy Series – director Kristjan Knigge (2019 – in development with Revolver/DutchCheez (actress/producer)

Short Film Sector 9S, sci fi thriller april 2018 – Best Special Effects, Nominations Best Camera and Best Film Poster, top 3 audience choice, Twents Festival van de Korte Film – Silver Award Best Film, nominations Film Fest The Hague, Film Fest Middelburg (Mrs de Bie/Producer/Writer)

Short film Patch, DutchCheez Productions & McMedia- director Kristjan Knigge (Distribution Shorts TV) (The Netherlands/Guernsey UK) 2016 (main role Tessa/Producer )

Official Selection LA Shorts Fest september 2016 – Award Best Supporting Actress Madrid International Film Festival 2017- Award of Excellence (Short Film and Humor)/ Award of Merit (Script and Audience Impact) Best of Shorts Festival (La Jolla/San Diego) december 2016 – Award of Merit LA Global Shorts Festival november 2016 – Official Selection ShortToThePoint Film Fest Bucharest 2016

Short films by RNWMedia, Drama for Social Change 2016 (various roles)

Starring TV series Accused 2013 (main role Lucy)

Short films, examination films, theatre plays, television pilots, kids programs (e.i. Lachen met Arne – Buya)

Commercials

Commercial Lidl ‘Delicieux, Ga voor Goud!’ 2018

Commercial Nuon ‘Sustainability’ 2015

Commercial Ikea ‘Christmas’ 2014

Commercial Dutch Tax Office 2013

Commercial Caiway Internet and Telecom 2011

Corporate Acting

Rituals
ABNAMRO
RNTC
MKB Nederland
M&S Mode
Hogeschool van Amsterdam
Saltro

Model

NCOI Corporate Training and Education – Computrain IT Training, State Police Force Studio43 – SanneNadineHes – Maaike van Haaster  

Music

singer /songwriter, Haarlem 2007-2010 (Togglehead, Joey Retro (The Mutations, several coverbands)

Trained by: singing and performance coach Vicky van Zijl (Penelope, Pimpersticker), Mara Sophie Peelen (‘No Man’s Land’), Caroline van Bavel (Die Drei Groschen)

Trivia

Karen speaks French and English fluently (she has a master degree in French Literature and lived for 1,5 years in France, she also studied English as second language and speaks it fluently, also due to frequent visits to her father who lived in the USA). She easily adapts accents and speaks both British and American English. Born (Twente) and raised in the province (Drente), she can manage well with a Drenthe/Twente accent.

Acting Training

Karen was trained at the Camera Acting School Videcom Teledrama (Hilversum, The Netherlands), at the School for Theatre and Television (Amsterdam, The Netherlands) by Josja Haman and at the Mulholland Academy (Camera Acting/Strassberg). Karen is frequently in London where she takes acting training at The Actors Centre. She joined Acting Masterclasses in Los Angeles, London (Checkov, Meisner, Weston, comedy) and she was coached by actress Sytske van der Ster (Crossing Lines). She also did acting and improvisation classes in Amsterdam at De Toneelmeester (Herman Bolten/Hugo Konings) and at ACT Amsterdam.

about-karen

ABOUT KAREN

Karen starring as ‘Willemijn’ in Christmas Commercial Lidl 2018

Bio

Street

Trailer of Award Winning Short Film ‘Patch’ starring

Karen is an experienced actress with a background in corporate business (as a headhunter, manager). Her acting style is resourceful and natural. In 2017 she won a Best Actress Award at the Madrid International Film Festival.

Since 2014 she runs film/TV production company DutchCheez Productions. Her debut movie ‘Patch’ (2016), a short black comedy, has won many international awards. The film was selected for the prestigious LA Shorts Fest, where ‘Patch’ had its premiere.

Karen has featured in various commercials, TV programs, short films, corporate films and campaigns. She is mother of three, married and fluent in French and English.

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DUTCHCHEEZ

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DUTCHCHEEZ is an independent INNOVATIVE film and media production company founded by Marinda van ’t Hoff and Karen Spanjer.

– Press Release 1/2/2017-

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DutchCheez Productions

With our passion for acting and extensive business experience, DutchCheez wants to create a stage for film talent that is looking to explore new horizons. “With our creative skills and years of experience in the corporate world we are adept in connecting great ideas to the right people.”

The black comedy “Patch” is their first production that was shot on the island of Guernsey (Channel Islands), starring Marinda and Karen in leading roles. This short film is a co production by DutchCheez and McG Media Productions and is directed by Danish/British director Kristjan Knigge. ‘Patch’ just won two Awards of Excellence and two Awards of Merit with Special Mention at the Best Shorts Festival (La Jolla/San Diego) and the Award of Merit at the LA Global Shorts Fest and the film was selected for the prestigious LA Shorts Fest where the film premiered last September beside Denzel Washington’s film ‘Shame’.

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PRESS

Interview Madrid International Film Festival 2017

The film ‘Patch’ – which Karen produced and in which she plays a main role – won The Award of Excellence for Best Short Film and Humor and The Award of Merit with Special Mention for Script and Audience Impact. The film also received the Award of Merit at the LA Global Shorts Fest 2016. ‘Patch’ premiered at the prestigious Los Angeles Shorts Fest in September 2016.

Award of Excellence Best Shorts Festival

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LA Shorts Fest – Premiere Patch

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Guernsey press

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