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.
This 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"). Next February she'll be heading to San Francisco to work with Marin Theatre Company on The Wolves (d. Morgan Green). 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). She just shot a national commercial for AT&T, and previously filmed eight commercial spots for VMware, and two spots for Master Lock. Carolyn performs around New York City with hip-hop improv team Robopop and musical improv team Space God. She is represented by Avalon Artists Group theatrically, and Stewart Talent commercially and for voice overs.