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 studied acting at Northwestern University, The School at Steppenwolf, Shakespeare & Company, Black Box Acting (Meisner), Acting Studio Chicago, and Improv/Musical Improv at UCB, Magnet Theater, Improv Olympic and Annoyance Theater. She is a first degree black belt in Kung Fu, as well as a dancer, visual artist, & writer. Additional credits include: 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), Titania/Hippolyta in A Midsummer Night’s Dream with NY’s Theatre 2020, Rattlestick Playwrights Theater's reading of The Better Half, the lead in the world premier of Theater for the New City's Emission at the Producers Club, the leading role 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 with Filament Theatre Ensemble, and the Jewish Play's Project staged reading of The Many Faces of Nia (d. David Winitsky) at the 14th St. Y. In 2016 she played 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.
Last fall Carolyn starred in 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"). This spring she returned from San Francisco where she was in the west coast premier of The Wolves (d. Morgan Green) at Marin Theatre Company. On screen she appeared in the CBS pilot LFE (d. David Slade) and ABC's The Family (opposite and directed by Andrew McCarthy), as well as indie features Adam Bloom (d. Noah David Smith) and In Memoriam (d. Stephen Cone). Most recently she recorded her first animated voice over character (more details when it airs). Prior to that she shot a national commercial for AT&T opposite Charlie Day, and previously filmed eight commercial spots for VMware, two spots for Master Lock, and one for Pearson. Carolyn has performed around NYC with hip-hop improv team Robopop, musical improv team Space God, and in Act Once, Scene Two at the PIT. She is represented by Avalon Artists Group theatrically, and Stewart Talent commercially and for voice overs.