WISP Performing Arts Initiative (Wagner Iovanna Studio Performances) is a non-profit 501(c)(3) pre-professional performing arts educational program providing Broadway-caliber training and performance opportunities to people of all ages and skill levels.

Our goal is for every participant to not only grow artistically but to grow in confidence and self-worth while developing a deeper love and appreciation for the arts and its positive effect on the community.

Our approach is what makes us different. We offer a platform for those wanting a career in the performing arts to gain much needed exposure, experience and the necessary direction through the rehearsal/performance process, workshops with industry professionals and casting agents and managers. Past and present participants have gone on to careers in the music industry, Broadway, film/TV, print, voice overs and been accepted into top theater universities and conservatory programs throughout the country.

We are a “family” and always welcome performing arts lovers of all ages to take part in WISP productions, whether on or off stage. If you are interested in volunteering or becoming a sponsor/donor, please contact us.

Karen Wagner-Iovanna

Karen Wagner, a Boston Conservatory alumnus, is a professional singer/actress. Some of Karen’s favorite professional theatrical credits include Eva Peron in Evita, Rowena in Biloxi Blues, Lady Thiang in The King and I and Leisl in The Sound of Music. Her passion for the theatre has inspired her to develop and perform her one-woman show, Karen Wagner’s Broadway Cabaret Experience.

Karen has been the lead singer for many Boston and Connecticut based bands and performs throughout the country as a soloist with her husband, classical tenor, Robert Iovanna. She has been the guest voice teacher on WPLR’s Chaz and Ajay in the Morning and guest host for the nationally syndicated Joe Mazza Radio Show. Karen has also done voice overs, print modeling, music videos, commercials and released a Christian album.

Karen has been teaching voice, acting and vocal directing for over twenty-five years, owning studios in both Connecticut and Boston. Many of her students have gone on to careers in the music industry, Broadway/national tours and in film/TV. She has adjudicated many local and national talent competitions, as well as teaching vocal and acting seminars throughout the tri-state area.

Both Karen and her husband have established and run WISP Performances, a pre-professional, nonprofit theater education company where she serves as artistic Director, in addition to writing original works. Karen also works for Nouveaux Talent Management in NYC and is always on the lookout for new talent.

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(203) 494-1633 or
(203) 915-3852


152 Burr Street
East Haven, CT 06512

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