Karl is from Cleveland, Ohio. He attended Butler University, graduating with a B.F.A. cum laude in dance performance and a history minor in 2012, as well as summer programs at Houston Ballet, Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, and Springboard Danse Montreal. In 2012, Karl began dancing with Luna Negra Dance Theater, then joined Visceral Dance Chicago as a founding member. He also danced in Pursuit Productions’ dance theater production of “Blood Wedding,” by Federico García Lorca.