Carolyn was raised in the Boston area and began her professional career in Chicago, in Steppenwolf Theatre's The Diary of Anne Frank (d. Tina Landau). She is an actress, visual artists, writer, improviser, freestyle rapper, dancer and first degree black belt in Kung Fu. Some on screen credits include Amazon's The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel (d. Dan Palladino), ABC's The Family (opposite and directed by Andrew McCarthy), CBS pilot LFE (d. David Slade), Girl Parts (Zach Braff Film Grant, TBS Just for Laughs, LOGO broadcast), indie features Adam Bloom (d. Noah David Smith), In Memoriam (d. Stephen Cone), and Sunshine Away (d. Lance Reenstierna), and voiceover for an animated character for a network TV show.
Some on stage credits include: the extended west coast premiere of The Wolves (d. Morgan Green) at Marin Theatre Company, a critically acclaimed production of The Diary of Anne Frank (d. Derek Goldman) at Olney Theatre Center (Washington Post review headline: "Olney's 'Anne Frank' is life-affirming, thanks to Carolyn Faye Kramer in title role"), The Cleveland Playhouse's Emma (d. Peter Amster), The Huntington Theatre’s workshops of Necessary Monsters (d. David Gammons) & The Many Faces of Nia (d. Daniella Topol), Soho Repertory Theatre’s staged reading of Purity (d. Mallory Catlett), Rattlestick Playwrights Theater's reading of The Better Half, Titania/Hippolyta in A Midsummer Night’s Dream with NY’s Theatre 2020, the lead in world premiere of Theater for the New City's Emission at the Producers Club, the lead in the premiere of Glassheart (d. Kyle Zamcheck) at the Salvage Vanguard Theatre in Austin, Next Theatre's End Days (d. Shade Murray), Eurydice in Eurydice (d. Julie Ritchey) with Filament Theatre Ensemble, Jewish Plays Project staged reading of The Many Faces of Nia (d. David Winitsky) at the 14th St. Y, and Marlene in What Rhymes with America (d. Christopher Schario) at The Public Theatre in Maine - a role that required her to learn guitar and write original music.
Carolyn is a graduate of Northwestern University, The School at Steppenwolf, and Shakespeare & Company's STI program. She's studied improv at UCB, Magnet Theater, iO Chicago, Annoyance Theater and with Second City's Sheldon Patinkin.
Commercially, she's shot a national for AT&T opposite Charlie Day, eight internet spots for VMware, two internet spots for Master Lock, and one for Pearson. Carolyn has performed around NYC with hip-hop improv team Robopop and musical improv team Space God at venues such as UCB, Magnet Theater and Broadway Comedy Club, and in Act Once, Scene Two at the PIT. She is represented by Avalon Artists Group (Film/TV/Theatre) and Stewart Talent (Voiceover/Commercial).