Get to know the Miss Lily cast! Karen Cook

What is your role in Miss Lily’s Fabulous Feather Boa?

Lighting Designer

How did you get started in the performing arts?

I did drama in high school and really enjoyed it. After that I studied Performance Studies at Curtin University, doing as many shows as I could and working all the different roles, including lighting, stage management, performing and directing. Lighting was one of the things I loved the most and I went on to study it at WAAPA.

What has been your favourite job so far and why?

Touring a circus show to the Indian Ocean Territories – Christmas Island and Cocos Islands are such beautiful places with amazing animals, and probably somewhere I wouldn’t otherwise have had the opportunity to visit.

Do you have a lucky charm like the feather boa, what is it?

I don’t have a lucky charm, but I always feel more fabulous when I’m wearing a pair of big, colourful earrings from my large collection.

Did you have a favourite picture book or story as a child and can you tell us why you liked it?

I was a very keen reader as a child, so I loved Matilda – the first chapter is called “The Reader of Books” and that had me hooked immediately.

I also love the Grug series, with its simple, expressive illustrations and very Australian location.