Karen Iacobbo is a Providence, Rhode Island-based writer, filmmaker, and producer.


Her sci-fi TV pilot script (teleplay) Total Control was a selection at the 2018 Hoboken International Film festival.

Karen also writes fiction, plays, poems, non-fiction, and song lyrics. Story genres she writes in include: Gothic romance, Twilight Zone-type tales, animal stories, Italian-American stories, YA, and sci-fi. She won The Animal Print magazine’s dog short story award for “Benny, Canine Brother.” Her short story “The Legend of the Italian Painter” was a winner of Newport Life magazine’s writing contest. Her story “Federal Hill Festival” was published in Italian Americana. Karen is a former freelance reporter who covered the vegetarian and animal rights movements.

Filmmaking & Producing:

Karen’s 52 minute Gothic romance House of Shadows, inspired in part by the late 1960s, early 1970s TV series Dark Shadows, was screened on PBS in Rhode Island, at Seaview Terrace (Carey Mansion) made famous by the TV series, and the film was screened at the 50th Anniversary of Dark Shadows at Tarrytown, NY. Her first film, a Twilight Zone-like 22 minute short film  – The Unproductive – a story about euthanasia, received 15,000 views online, and won best short drama at the RI-ACTS film festival and was screened at the SENE Film, Music & Art Festival and the Pawtucket Film Festival. Karen’s 15 minute film Collected Souls, conceived and created in less than a month, was a selection out of several thousand entries of the Paul Revere Film Festival.

Currently, with her filmmaker-partner Michael Iacobbo,  Karen is about to release Newport Castle, an hour long romance with a supernatural twist, from her story, in part adapted and fictionalized from Ms. Tinney’s fascinating and well-written book Ghosts of Belcourt Castle.

Michael and Karen are in post-production on a feature-length sci-fi thriller. Meanwhile, she continues to write fiction. A largely self-taught writer and filmmaker, Karen’s “day job” is teaching at three colleges, and her specialties are in teaching film studies, writing, critical reading, rhetoric, business communication, and ESL. She holds a B.A. in psychology and M.A. in English. She is a consultant/coach guiding others in achieving their writing and other creative goals.