Karen Connolly Armitage says her deep love for stories, was inherited from her father, the Historian. From her
mother the Librarian, she acquired a love for research. Blessed with an innate ability to sketch, draw and illustrate,
plus an intuitive sense of scale, space and construction, she began to create inspiring images for clients based
solely on their words and phrases and continues to do so today.
Her career started as a scenic designer for operas, ballets, and dramatic theatre. Karen began to hone her drawing,
illustrative and design skills as a collaborative artist, working with not only with actors, directors, and other artists,
but developers, historians, and technical crews as well. This lead to four years with Larkins Associates in St. Louis
Missouri, where she collaborated on the development of theming interiors and exteriors for two Anheuser Busch
theme parks in Virginia and Florida.
Karen spent 26 years (1977-2003) as a Senior Concept Designer for Walt Disney Imagineering in Glendale, Ca. Assignment
- Conceptual art direction for Hong Kong Disneyland Main Street
- Overall interior art direction for Frontierland, Disneyland Paris as well as designing, concepting and producing
many shops, restaurants, theatrical show spaces for all Disney theme parks including MGM Studio tour, Animal
Kingdom, Magic Kingdom, Walt Disney World, Florida, Disneyland, CA, Tokyo Disneyland and future projects including
WESTCOT and Disney Seas
Now residing in Central California she continues to consult in the international theme park world as well as the residential world producing custom design packages for new and remodeled homes. She also supports several local developers in the Central California area. She brings over 30 years of experience from the theatre, theme park, hospitality, museum, dining and retail worlds to the conceptual and developmental design process of every project.