Karina Arroyave has lived in New York City since arriving here from Colombia at age 1. She is best known for her role as ‘Jamey Farrell’ in the FOX TV show 24 and also appeared in 2005’s Best Picture Winner CRASH. Other film and TV credits include MYSTERIES OF LAURA, BLUE BLOODS, 187, FLAWLESS, FALLING DOWN, LEAN ON ME, NYPD BLUE, AS THE WORLD TURNS (1988 – 1994), LAW & ORDER, ALL MY CHILDREN, THE PRACTICE, JUDGING AMY, CHICAGO HOPE, TOUCHED BY AN ANGEL, and WITHOUT A TRACE. She studied acting at LaGuardia High School of Music and the Arts and then with Anthony Abeson and Lori Peters. Later she studied comedic acting at the Groundlings in Los Angeles and with Richard Kline in NY. Karina’s most recent stage credit was as “Barb” in Adam Bock’s SWIMMING IN THE SHALLOWS at The Kitchen Theatre. She made her stage debut as “Marisol” in MARISOL at the Louisville Humana Festival. Later, she appeared on Broadway as “Frederica” in Jane Bowle’s IN THE SUMMER HOUSE at The Vivian Beaumont Theater. Other theatre credits include: Quiara Alegria Hudes’ WATER BY THE SPOONFUL at The Arden Theatre, Stephen Adly Guirgis’ MOTHERFUCKER WITH THE HAT at The Kitchen Theatre, Tony Glazer’s STAIN on Theater Row, Jose Rivera’s SCHOOL OF THE AMERICAS at The Public Theater and Eduardo Machado’s ONCE REMOVED at both the Long Wharf and Merrimack Rep Theaters. Most recently she has appeared in the films LOST CAT CORONA, HOLY ROLLERS, ADAM, as Elizabeth Pena’s daughter in ADRIFT IN MANHATTAN, and the short film FAMILY ON BOARD (Official selection: New York City International Film Festival, Big Apple Film Festival, Williamsburg International Film Festival, Pennine Film Festival and Chesapeake Film Festival). The film won Best Short, Best Actor and Best Director at The New York International Film Festival and was submitted for Academy Award consideration.
Karina is also a playwright and screenwriter. Her first play WONDER WOMAN WEARS RAGGEDY ANN PAJAMAS was one of four finalists in 2008’s National Latino Playwriting competition. It received 3 public readings. First at Labyrinth Theater’ Summer Intensive, and later at Theater for the New City (as part of their New City/New Blood series) and at Queen’s Theatre in the Park (for their Immigrant Voices Project). She studied playwriting with Jeff Stanley at NYU, Robert S. Montgomery at The New School, and Lisa Soland at The All Original Playwrights Workshop in Los Angeles. Karina has been writing poetry since the age of seven and also writes monologues, short stories and non-fiction.
Karina’s second play THE LOVE JUNKIES OF HELL’S KITCHEN made its world premiere as part of Theater for the New City’s “Dream Up” Festival in 2012. In addition to playing the main character and writing the play, Karina directed and produced it as well. The play was Executive Produced by John G. Avildsen (director of Rocky, The Karate Kid, Lean On Me). Karina has branched out into screenwriting with her first short film, KARLY UNTANGLED.