Karan Lyons

Born in Boston to a Kashmiri mother and a Missourian father, Karan split his time between Boston, London, and Hyderabad, and began acting in musicals when he was eight. He went on to explore all of theatre: writing, directing, lighting, designing, and even carpentry and welding in addition to acting before moving to Los Angeles to attend the University of Southern California’s School of Dramatic Arts.

His skills backstage supported him at USC while he continued to explore the onstage craft, learning a variety of methods and techniques. While at university he also cofounded and ran the school’s first longform episodic improv troupe and starred in USC’s longest running TV series.

After graduating he ran yet another improv troupe, added to his roster a sketch comedy troupe, and continues to train with Bill Alderson, Second City, and with whomever else can drive him to improve.

Karan is an accomplished tenor, trained in Hindustani and Carnatic classical music as well as contemporary styles. In addition to acting and singing, he enjoys writing, graphic design, programming, and concert lighting.

He still doesn’t have a dog. He still wants one.

Karan Lyons

SAG-AFTRA Eligible Height: 6′0′′ (857) 544-9527 Weight: 120 lbs karan@karanlyons.com

Film

Flawless
Lead
Independent
My Anchor
Lead
Independent

Television

underGRAD
Series Regular
Trojan Vision

New Media

We Thought This Was Funny
Recurring

Theatre (selected)

Con-Man: A Musical
Billy (lead, originating)
USC, Dir. David Schweizer
The Skin of Our Teeth
Henry Antrobus
Nobles Theatre Collective
The Bald Soprano
The Fire Chief
Nobles Theatre Collective

Training

B.A. Theatre
USC School of Dramatic Arts
Meisner Technique
William Alderson
William Alderson Acting Studio
Improvisation
Conservatory
The Second City
Miles Stroth
The Pack Theater
Audition Technique
Margie Haber, Robin Dale Meyers
Margie Haber Studio
Commercial
Killian McHugh
Killian’s Workshop
Scene Study
Mary-Joan Negro
USC School of Dramatic Arts
On Camera
Joseph Hacker, Andrei Belgrader
USC School of Dramatic Arts
Voice Over
Phil Allen, Vicki Lewis
USC School of Dramatic Arts
Movement
Marjo-Riikka Makela
USC School of Dramatic Arts
Voice
Katherine Giaquinto
Ovation Voice Studio

Skills

Singing (Tenor: Hindustani, Carnatic, Classical and Contemporary), Sketch Writing, Improvisation (Five years running two troupes; Episodic longform with shortform)