Carsen is a director, sound designer, and Brooklyn based Chicagoan. She primarily uses non-hierarchical methods of collaboration to create accessible, equitable, ensemble-driven, devised work that questions American history and morality. A staunch supporter of trash, glitter, and dance-pop, Carsen embraces stylized theatricality as a means of entertainment, conversation, and dissidence.
Carsen is the co-artistic director of Rat Queen Theatre Company, a resident artist with New Light Theater Project, a 2020-2021 Roundabout Emerging Directors Group member, a 2020 FAIR Assistant Director at Oregon Shakespeare Festival, and a member of the 2019-2021 SDCF Observership Class. Carsen was the 19/20 Wingspace Theatrical Design Directing Mentee, a National Alliance of Musical Theatre 2018 Directing Observer, and a 2018-2019 resident artist at Access Theatre with Rat Queen. She was a literary intern for the LARK Play Development Center, as well as an education intern at New York Theatre Workshop.
Aside from theatre, Carsen likes Halloween, rock candy, radical adaptations of 19th-century novels, and the work of Maira Kalman.