Karen Hershman started her performing career at the age of 8. Stan Deen of Garden Spot High School fame, cast her as Gretl in GSPA's first production of The Sound of Music. She then appeared on the local Dan Neidemyer variety show. Throughout elementary school she did various voice over and radio work. Karen studied dance at the Jan Forry school of dance in Millersville, PA. She continued her study of dance with Chet Zercher of Lancaster. Karen studied voice under Dr. Thomas Houser of New Holland, while continuing to perform in various GSPA productions. Karen continued to perform while raising her family doing voice over, modeling, and community theater. Karen took private acting lessons from the well known New York actress, Lisa Sweeney. Karen then had the thrill of performing with her children in GSPA's production of Meet Me in St. Louis. Her love of theater lead her to begin choreographing for various high school musical productions.
Karen then joined Laurel Dance Studio teaching Mommy and Me, Creative Movement I and II as well as Dance Explorers. Karen was then given the opportunity by Artistic Director Kathleen Megnin Millay to start a Broadway program at Laurel. Karen taught a total of 15 years with Laurel Dance and Footprints Performing Arts. Karen has continued to teach at two other dance studios, does pageant coaching and also teaches private voice lessons. Karen is very proud of the accomplishments of all her students, with special recognition to Kristine Hurdleston who is currently enrolled in Rider University as a musical theater major, Maille McNicholas who has various pageant awards and Jenna Zueno, who has appeared in various Dutch Apple Theater productions as well as the American Musical Theater Christmas show.
Karen has two children, Phillip Enck of Boston, MA and Fallon Gordon of Harrisburg, PA. Karen's daughter is a graduate of AMDA in New York City, and her son in law is a professional stunt man. Karen has two beautiful granddaughters Raiden and Eevee. Karen is also a published Interior Designer having appeared in various magazines and the book, "How To Work With An Interior Designer". Karen has completed projects across the country and is currently working on a project in Park City Utah.