Karen "Kay" Ross

Karen "Kay" Ross

Community Manager at Stage 32
Filmmaker, Producer, Screenwriter, Script Consultant, Voice Actor and Actor

Valley Village, Los Angeles County, California

Member Since:
September 2015
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About Karen

Kay Ross is an actor, producer, writer, and champion for the "inner teenager.” While being a producer on a television show like Netflix’s “Sex Education” would be a dream realized, for now, she kicks ass on shorts, features, and hosts a weekly IGLive to empower creatives called “The Victory Round.”

Most recently, Kay is in post-production on her most ambitious proof-of-concept short film ever, "Sanctuary." How ambitious, you ask? It has a car chase, fight scenes, SAG actors, child actors, filmed on location, AND built a set - all to confirm, YES! We are ready to make the feature. After successfully raising the finishing funds, Kay and her team are now working through the sound design, color grade, and original composition. Follow the team's journey to their premiere on Instagram @SanctuaryTheShortFilm

Kay started her career immediately after high school in professional theatre in her hometown of Washington, D.C. After attending Colorado Film School and receiving her B.F.A. in Film and Video Production, Kay worked in production for various networks, including REELZ, Investigation Discovery, Food Network, and BBC America. While training to become a production manager, Kay never stopped writing and producing short films. She relocated to Los Angeles to change her career projection to creative producing, which includes writing and directing.

Since moving in 2019, she has written several short films, including the award-winning mockumentary "Livin' with Lisa" for the 2022 LA 48-Hour Film Festival. She has developed two pilot scripts, worked on a dozen television shows, two feature films, and launched "The Victory Round", a weekly live event to help professionals gain confidence by celebrating their victories. Currently, Kay also co-hosts The Coverage Report with Lit Kilpatrick in the Stage 32 Writer's Room, is producing the short film "Sanctuary" with her creative partner, and is available for script coverage through Stage 32 as an industry reader. She loves opportunities to work with inclusive, diverse, and driven professionals, especially on projects based on true events or scientific research.

As the Community Manager for Stage 32, Kay has published more than 50 blogs on networking, mentoring, mental health, and celebrating diversity in the industry. She loves to connect creatives to resources, upcoming opportunities, and other potential professionals through the Stage 32 lounges. She may even have a thing or five to say about film production. You'll find Kay in the Acting, Animation, Filmmaking, Producing, and Transmedia Lounges most frequently. If you are interested in joining the Writer's Room or hosting your own local Stage 32 in-person meet-up, drop Kay a direct message!

Her mission? She is on a search for "I believe in you" contributors, "make it work" ambassadors, and "why not" collaborators. Kay invites you to be the attentive audience you always wanted because every member on Stage 32 LOVES getting feedback! Don't just post something and wait for people to find you. Get curious about other members! Whether you are an active member of Stage 32, or new to our community, we want you to share your experience, insights, struggles, and successes!

If you have a question about the site or how to best navigate the community, don't be shy. You can post in the lounges, comment on others' posts, or you can direct message her through Stage 32 and she'll respond! You can also follow her on Instagram @k.osswrites or on Twitter @EmbraceZeKayoss

What are YOU watching right now?

Unique traits: Facial Scars, including two around the lips; almond-shaped eyes; expressive eyebrows; booming, boisterous laugh; low, soothing, sometimes sultry voice; Kay would LOVE to play an antagonist or VILLAIN! :-D


  • Spot Me

    Spot Me Budget: $0 - $100K | Family Animation A Pixar-esque short about a young ballerina who falls in love with power-lifting and must convince the champion-turned-trainer that she's worthy of his mentorship.


  • Sanctuary

    Sanctuary (2021 - 2023)
    Film (short) by Sanctuary Film LLC / Garrett Adams Producer / EP

  • Livin' with Lisa

    Livin' with Lisa (2022)
    Film (short) by Garrett Adams Writer/Producer An L.A. 48-Hour Mocumentary

  • Night Train

    Night Train (2021)
    Film by Rolling Thunder Films / Shane Stanley (Action and Drama) Production Manager

  • Top Gear America

    Top Gear America (2020)
    Television by BBC America / Sun Never Sets Productions APOC/PA 2021 version

  • Double Threat

    Double Threat (2020)
    Film by Rolling Thunder Films / Shane Stanley (Action and Comedy) 2nd A.D.

  • Down in the Dena

    Down in the Dena (2019)
    Film (short) by Old Line Media/ Ben Paul Morris Writer/Producer SciFi 48-Hour Film Festival in DC

  • The Solderer

    The Solderer (2019)
    Film (short) by Old Line Media/ Ben Paul Morris (Sci-Fi) Writer/Producer DC 48-Hour Film Project - WINNER, Best Art Direction

  • 12:10 to Bridge

    12:10 to Bridge (2019)
    Film (short) by Owl Echo / Chil Kong Exec. Prod. and DP 12:10 to Bridge is a short film about two old rivals who meet on a special bridge to see who comes out on top, once and for all, in a classic mid-night showdown. Accepting an invitation, the challenger, played by Chil Kong, attempts to take down his adversary, played by Brian Wallich, but their age and inability to bounce back slows them down. Entirely shot on location in Old Town Occoquan, Virginia, this interplay of genre conventions ends with a fun and unexpected twist.

  • Juice

    Juice (2013)
    Film (Short and Horror) Producer A man with a late night thirst for juice encounters a creature hatched in his basement and becomes something else. Director 'Monster' Midian Crosby, produced by and with special effects by Monster Makeup FX. Starring Cougar Littlefield, shot in Denver CO. Written by Anonymous

  • American Fair

    American Fair (2011)
    Film (Short, Comedy, Drama and Romance) Actor A shy genius must defeat his millionaire rival at the district high school science fair in order to win the girl of his dreams and make his momma proud.

  • Dream Come True

    Dream Come True (2011)
    Film (Short, Comedy and Horror) Producer A nerdy introvert tries to impress a girl while his friends prepare for the apocalypse.

  • Gods and Rats

    Gods and Rats (2010)
    Film (Short and Drama) Production manager On a fateful meeting with his mob boss, an undercover FBI agent gains more information than he bargained for, threatening not only his identity but his life.

  • Woebegone

    Woebegone (2010)
    Film (Short, Comedy, Drama and Romance) Miscellaneous Crew Two women stop at a small town diner on a road trip to nowhere. Over lunch they discover more about themselves and soon realize the path they share will lead them to two different places.

  • Pepper

    Pepper (2010)
    Film (Short, Action, Comedy and Drama) Casting director Pepper, a young man begins to tell the story of how he ended up being placed in a juvenile detention center to another inmate. The story starts with him running away from home. Later another inmate asks him to finish this story. Pepper continues his his story in front of another group of boys. Soon his story starts to grow larger and more outlandish. soon He loses track of his of his story and reveals it all to be a lie. His new found friends turn on him once they realize he has been lying about the whole story they quickly turn on him. now he must try and back track to avoid ending up in the medical wing. Written by Anonymous

  • Bandits

    Bandits (2009)
    Film (Short, Comedy and Crime) Actor Two college friends, in need of money, accidentally rob a friend's house.

  • Steadfast

    Steadfast (2009)
    Film (Short, Drama, Family and Fantasy) Second Unit Director or Assistant Director Calvin, finds himself stuck in purgatory. Through his travels across this desolate land he comes across an elderly man, who Calvin will soon find out, is his only ticket out of this world.


  • Winner - Best Art Direction, The Solderer


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