About the Founder, CEO
Karen Moore, founder and CEO of Southern Flava, started the firm in 1997 as an artist management & development company. A year earlier, Ms. Moore had just returned to the U.S. after having lived and worked as a producer, director, actress, and recording artist in Italy for over a decade. Some artists who came through the company in its infancy include Trenyce of American Idol, Tonya of Men-nefer and Free Sol. The company has now expanded its services to include booking, theatrical production, event planning, and entertainment consultation.
Moore is a seasoned professional with over 50 theatrical productions to her producer/director/actor’s credit. A graduate of Hendrix College with a BA in Theatre Arts and a minor in Music, Karen’s first professional directorial debut was Livin’ Fat at Beale Street Repertory Company, while she worked by day as a broadcast journalist for WREG-TV. After leaving Memphis, she directed and stage-managed theatre in Hollywood and Chicago.
Moore accompanied her husband to Europe where she continued to direct original musical productions such as Letter from a Birmingham Jail, A Little Child Shall Lead Them, Give My Regards to Broadway, An American in Europe, Cryin’ for Freedom, and A Tribute to Martin. She also performed as an actress in nine foreign films and as an actress and recording artist on European television. Karen is an accomplished singer with eight albums to her credit.
Upon her return to the United States, Moore skirted the theatrical/musical community because she was a widow with two teenage girls who had never lived in America. She primarily focused on cushioning the culture shock. She stage managed a Benny Award in 1996, performed as a blues singer in Down On Beale in 1997, produced two Southern Flava Explosion artists showcases at the New Daisy, produced and directed the 2003 & 2004 Miss Junior Miss Pageant at The University of Memphis, and was assistant stage manager for the 2003 Freedom Award honoring Bill Clinton and Maxine Smith. She performed in O’Gray Speaks at SWTCC, directed Come Thanksgiving at LeMoyne-Owen College and TheatreWorks and portrayed Mahalia Jackson in the premiere of the opera, The Promise at Germantown Performing Arts Center.
Recently she directed the Freedom Award Banquet honoring Bono at the Cannon Performing Arts Center and TRUANCY the play for Young Filmmakers Foundation at the Rose Theatre.
Moore is a five-year member of the National Association of Recording Arts & Sciences and an Executive Board member of the Memphis Network of the National Association of Black Female Executives in Music and Entertainment.