Kara Penrose is a Milwaukee based actor. She graduated summa cum laude with a BA in theatre from California State University East Bay. Since moving to Wisconsin a several years ago Kara has had the opportunity to perform with multiple companies including: SummerStage of Delafield, Windfall Theatre, Milwaukee Entertainment Group, and Kohl’s Wild Theater. She performs all types of theatre including: musicals, children’s theatre, comedies, dramas, classical theatre, and new works.


Recent Acting Credits

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Red HerringLynnWindfall TheatreCarol Zippel
TartuffeMarianeSummerStage of DelafieldDustin J. Martin
BodiesGunRenaissance Theatreworks Brink BriefsGrace DeWolff
Aesop's FablesAntSunset Playhouse's Bug in a RugErika Navin
Romeo and JulietJulietSummerStage of DelafieldDustin J. Martin
Jack of HeartsPandaMilwaukee Entertainment GroupJJ Gatesman
The Importance of Being EarnestCecilySummerStage of DelafieldDustin J. Martin


Kara is by far one of the most all-around talented individuals I’ve had the privilege to work with. Everyone who attends our family-friendly events are always blown away by her skills be it balloon twisting, cosplaying as a beautiful princess, or giving glitter tattoos. She’s patient and attentive with children and really knows how to

Lan Liu
Kid Boogie Down LLC

“SummerStage’s “Tartuffe” revealed a finely-tuned, high-energy, laugh-filled rendition of Moliere’s well-aged comedy….Characters do a marvelous job of expressing with their exaggerated movements, keeping the show flowing at a steady clip.” 

Marilyn Jozwik
Wisconsin Theatre Spotlight

“Rounding out the central cast is Kara Penrose in the role of Jack’s ward–an attractive, young woman named Cecily. Wilde’s characterization of the young woman can come across quite feebly if the right balance isn’t executed. Fed the wrong way, she might seem intellectually weak and daffy, but Penrose’s gliding across the stage in the

Shepherd Express Staff

“Kara Penrose does a good job as Lynn McCarthy…. Her switch to the role of the no-nonsense clerk in City Hall as she looked for the marriage license for Frank Keller is amusing.”

Julie McHale
TimeOut Theater Critic

“Kara Penrose was an absolutely breathtaking Juliet. Her enactment of the young, impetuous, romantic teenager was perfect, the best I’ve ever seen.” 

Julie McHale
TimeOut Theater Critic

“Nathan Danzer, Kara Penrose and Katie Katschke tackle the tricky job of portraying mental patients suffering from various disorders….What’s great about the portrayals of Katschke, Penrose and Danzer is that they’re performed with equal parts sympathy, empathy and satire.”

Russ Bickerstaff
The Shepherd Express

“Kim Emer and Kara Penrose lend some warmth to the stage as a couple of people on opposite ends of relations …Emer is  charismatic as the veteran of a very exhausting life in the wasteland while Penrose is endearing as someone who is only just discovering it.” 

Russ Bickerstaff
Shepherd Express

“Kara Penrose as Blanche, Eugene’s aunt, brought fiery panache and understated subtlety to her part.”

Tony Wade

 “Particularly strong was Kara Penrose in the role of Beatrice – she owned the stage and stole the show, creating a convincing (and combative) romance with Benedick “