Dr Karen Pearlman

Karen Pearlman, lecturer in Screen Production at Macquarie University, is the co-director of the multi-award winning Physical TV Company, through which she has been responsible for development, production of numerous highly acclaimed and award winning dance-films, documentaries and dramas.  Karen is the author of Cutting Rhythms, Shaping the film Edit published in many countries and three languages by Focal Press, with a 2nd edition forthcoming in 2015.  She held the post of Head of Screen Studies at AFTRS for 6 years and was a long serving member of the editorial board of Lumina, the Australian Journal of Screen Arts and Business.  Karen 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 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.