Carene Rose Mekertichyan is an artist, organizer, educator, and proud Angelena. As a Black Armenian woman, she is drawn to storytelling that centers marginalized narratives and firmly believes that true art exists to spark empathy and create social change. Her identity and upbringing in Los Angeles informs both her art and intersectional activism. She received her training from Dartmouth College and the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art (LAMDA). Selected stage: The Tempest, Pericles, Twelfth Night (Independent Shakespeare Co.), Troy (Hero Theatre), Señor Plummer's Final Fiesta (Rogue Artists Ensemble), The Three Musketeers (PVPA), and Macbeth (Northern Stage). Film: Live at the Porpentine, Band, Boys About Town, The Girl in the Red Dress, and I Am Easy to Find (starring Alicia Vikander and directed by Academy Award Nominee Mike Mills). She also starred in the Amazon Prime exclusive web series Just Roommates. She is a member of Actors' Equity and SAG Eligible.
Carene serves as the Artistic Associate for Social Justice at Independent Shakespeare Co., the Los Angeles theatre company behind the famed Griffith Park Free Shakespeare Festival. She is also the Director of Programs at Support Black Theatre and a teaching artist currently working with the Unusual Suspects and Creative Acts. Her plays and spoken word have been produced at Edinburgh Fringe, MeetCute LA, Company of Angels, Independent Shakespeare Co., and We the People Theater Action. She is also an essayist, with work published by University of Texas Press, The Armenian Weekly, Kooyrigs, and LAist, where she was a "Racism 101" contributor. She is the Co-Founder of Yerazad, a social justice organization centered on Armenian liberation, coalition building, and transnational solidarity. She co-authored the Los Angeles Anti-Racist Theatre Standards and is a BLKLST contributor. In 2021, she was selected as an Arts for LA Activate Delegate.