Karron Graves

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Karron Graves

Karron Graves is an American actress best known for playing Mary Warren in Arthur Miller’s 1996 screen adaptation of The Crucible, starring Daniel Day-Lewis and distributed by 20th Century Fox.[1] In tandem with her performance credits, she teaches acting at NYU Tisch and the American Musical and Dramatic Academy.[2]

Personal life and education[edit]

Graves was born in Janesville, Wisconsin and spent her childhood in both Sarasota, Florida and New York City. As a young child, Karron was a competitive swimmer and a 2-time Junior Olympics competitor.[3] She received her Bachelor of Arts from Princeton University[4] and her Master of Fine Arts from the Yale School of Drama.[5]

Childhood career[edit]

On stage, she originated the role of Clara in the world premiere of Arthur Miller’s 1987 Danger:Memory! at Lincoln Center Theater, directed by Gregory Mosher.[6] Her additional early stage roles included Ginya in Leslie Ayvazian’s Nine Armenians at Manhattan Theatre Club.[7]

She made her television debut on Saturday Night Live in 1986 as "The Girl Scout" opposite Phil Hartman.[8] She also starred in the PBS/Wonderworks Series The Fig Tree with Doris Roberts and Teresa Wright[9] and performed in Peter Benchley’s CBS prime time pilot Dolphin Cove as Katie Larson.[10]

Stage, Film, and Television Roles[edit]

Graves is best known for playing Mary Warren in 20th Century Fox’s film The Crucible, starring Daniel Day-Lewis, Joan Allen, Paul Scofield, and Winona Ryder. It was adapted for the screen by the original playwright Arthur Miller, directed by Nicholas Hytner, and produced by Robert Miller and David V. Picker.[11] Other film and television appearances include NBC’s Law & Order,[12] CBS’s Guiding Light,[13][14] USA’s Monk,[12] Robert De Niro's The Good Shepherd,[15] Michael Goorjian's 5 Wishes ,[16] Adrian Garcia Bogliano’s Late Phases,[17]

Graves' stage credits include Broadway, Off-Broadway, and Regional Theatre productions. While at Yale, she originated the roles of Dora Hand in Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa’s The Muckle Man, Lizzie Booth in Trip Cullman’s Absolutely True, Sara in A. Rey Pamatmat’s Deviant, and Blanche Verse in Marcus Gardley’s ...And Jesus Moonwalks the Mississippi[18] She received paid training with the SITI Company to star in the 2005 world premiere of Intimations for Saxophone, directed by Anne Bogart at Arena Stage,[19] and she starred opposite James Whitmore in both 2006's Trying at Ford’s Theatre and the 70th Anniversary Celebration of Our Town in 2008.[20][21] Graves also played Isobel Ashbrook on Broadway in Helen Edmundson's 2007 Tony Award-nominated Coram Boy, directed by Melly Still,[22] and in 2012 starred Off-Broadway in The Philanderer at the New York City Center with the Pearl Theatre. [23] In 2013 she appeared in the NYTimes Critics’ Pick Two Point Oh at 59E59.[24]

In 2015, Graves won the New Hampshire Theater Award for Best Actress for her portrayal of Alice Maitland in The Peterborough Players' production of The Voysey Inheritance.[25]

For the 2015-2016 season at the Roundabout Theatre Company, Karron played Mamie Gummer’s sister in the world premiere of Lindsey Ferrentino’s Ugly Lies the Bone, directed by Patricia McGregor.[26][27]


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  2. ^ "Acting Faculty | AMDA College and Conservatory of the Performing Arts". Amda.edu. Retrieved July 31, 2015.
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  4. ^ Tomlinson, Brett (December 5, 2007). "Stop the presses | Princeton Alumni Weekly". Blogs.princeton.edu. Retrieved July 31, 2015.
  5. ^ "Yale Bulletin and Calendar". Yale.edu. October 18, 2002. Retrieved July 31, 2015.
  6. ^ Rich, Frank (February 9, 1987). "The Stage - Arthur Miller'S 'Danger - Memory!'". NYTimes.com. Retrieved July 31, 2015.
  7. ^ "Nine Armenians | New York Public Library | BiblioCommons". Nypl-adults-2013.bibliocommons.com. Retrieved July 31, 2015.
  8. ^ "Karron Graves-Release Lounge". Releaselounge.com. Retrieved July 31, 2015.
  9. ^ O'Connor, John J. (October 10, 1987). "Tv - 'Fig Tree' On 'Wonderworks'". NYTimes.com. Retrieved July 31, 2015.
  10. ^ "Television Reviews : 'Dolphin Cove' Makes Splashy Bow on CBS - latimes". Articles.latimes.com. January 21, 1989. Retrieved July 31, 2015.
  11. ^ Travers, Peter (November 27, 1996). "The Crucible". Rolling Stone. Retrieved July 31, 2015.
  12. ^ a b "Karron Graves : Actress - Films, episodes and roles on". Digiguide.tv. Retrieved July 31, 2015.
  13. ^ "Guiding Light: Season 1, Episode 14,697 : Episode #1.14697 (28 June 2005)". IMDb.com. Retrieved July 31, 2015.
  14. ^ "Guiding Light: Season 1, Episode 15,574 : Episode #1.15574 (18 December 2008)". IMDb.com. Retrieved July 31, 2015.
  15. ^ "The Good Shepherd (2006) : Full Cast & Crew". IMDb.com. Retrieved July 31, 2015.
  16. ^ "Illumination University - Video". 5wishesbook.com. Retrieved July 31, 2015.
  17. ^ "Late Phases (Toronto After Dark Film Festival 2014) Review | ...Get it? Because I'm A Superhero Who Writes Reviews!". Thycriticman.com. October 26, 2014. Retrieved July 31, 2015.
  18. ^ "The Muckle Man - Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa". Books.google.com. Retrieved July 31, 2015.
  19. ^ "Arena's 'Saxophone': A Very Slender Reed". washingtonpost.com. January 31, 2005. Retrieved July 31, 2015.
  20. ^ "'Trying' at Ford's: Compelling History, Through Whitmore's Good Offices". Washingtonpost.com. Retrieved July 31, 2015.
  21. ^ "NHTA 7 Top 5 Professional". NH Theatre Awards. Retrieved July 31, 2015.
  22. ^ "Orphans' Tale: Coram Boy Arrives on Broadway April 16". Playbill.com. April 16, 2007. Retrieved July 31, 2015.
  23. ^ "Reviews : The Philanderer from the Pearl Theater Company". The New York Times. Retrieved July 31, 2015.
  24. ^ "Reviews : Twp Point Oh Starring Jack Noseworthy as an Avatar". The New York Times. Retrieved July 31, 2015.
  25. ^ "Peterborough Players actress named 'Best Actress' by 2014 NH Theater Awards". sentinelsource.com. February 20, 2015. Retrieved February 20, 2015.
  26. ^ "Mamie Gummer, Karron Graves, Caitlin O'Connell, Chris Stack & Haynes Thigpen Set to Lead Roundabout's UGLY LIES THE BONE". Broadwayworld.com. Retrieved July 31, 2015.
  27. ^ "Review: Ugly Lies the Bone with Mamie Gummer as a Combat Veteran". The New York Times. December 6, 2015. Retrieved December 6, 2015.

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