Keynote Speaker and Conference MC
You would think Karen O ’Leary was a cop in another life. In her exciting career to date she has played a naive cop in Taika Waititi’s What We Do In the Shadows, where her character inspired spinoff series Wellington Paranormal; she played a salacious cop in The Breaker Upperers; a sensible cop in The Educators; and a slight dodgy security guard in webseries Potluck. In fact, Karen is a highly versatile performer with a variety of roles under her belt. She has appeared on Have You Been Paying Attention? , Seven Sharp, Anika Moa Unleashed and recently joined the Alternative Commentary Collective.
Prior to acting, Karen was working in an early childhood centre–and we all know what a tough audience kids can be! She is great at working a crowd, engaging an audience and always getting some laughs in–but she can also deliver a serious message when the occasion demands it. Karen is truly a star for all seasons.
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