“Kasi’s very smart. She’s brilliant and she’s a visionary, you know? She always stretches the bounds of creativity with everything that she does.”
~ Terence Blanchard, Grammy Award-winning composer
Karen “Kasi” Lemmons was born on February 24, 1961 in St. Louis, Missouri. Her father, a biology teacher, and mother, a counselor and psychologist, divorced when she was eight years old. Wanting to pursue a doctorate degree in education from Harvard University, her mother moved Kasi and her two sisters to Newton, Massachusetts.
From a young girl, Kasi Lemmons knew she wanted to be involved in the arts. As a secondary student, she attended Commonwealth School, a private institution in Boston. During that time, she took dance and acting lessons. She also was involved with the Circle in the Square Program, an outreach arm of the School of Drama at New York University. Being engaged in the program allowed her to interact with professional acting studios, including those of the elite Stella Adler and Lee Strasberg.