Karen Sherman makes performances that incorporate her background in dance, writing, theater, music, and the handyman arts. Based in NYC from 1988 to 2004, she now lives in Minneapolis and works all over.
Her work has been presented by P.S. 122, Walker Art Center, Center for the Art of Performance at UCLA, PICA/TBA Festival, Fusebox Festival, The Chocolate Factory Theater, American Realness, The Southern Theater, Dance Place, Diverseworks, Movement Research at the Judson Church, Danspace Project, Dixon Place, the Improvisation Festival/NY, Highways Performance Space, ODC, Red Eye Theater, Links Hall, Studio 303, Philadelphia Dance Projects, and many other spaces across the U.S.
She has received numerous awards for her work as a choreographer, performer, and designer, including a 2007 Bessie Award for her performance in Morgan Thorson's Faker; McKnight Foundation Fellowships in Choreography (2013, 2006) and Dance (2009); a Bush Foundation Artist Fellowship (2009); Sage Awards for her work as a choreographer/creator (2014 for One with Others), performer (2006) and scenic designer (for her 2008 work, copperhead), MacDowell Colony Fellowships (2017, 2010, 2003), and residencies through Vermont Performance Lab (2012), Movement Research (1999-2000), and the Bogliasco Foundation program in Liguria, Italy (2010). She was a 2016-2017 Hodder Fellow in The Lewis Center for the Arts at Princeton University where she is currently an inaugural Caroline Hearst Choreographer-in-Residence.
She has worked and collaborated with many fine artists, including Sally Silvers, Morgan Thorson, Dan Hurlin, Nami Yamamoto, NTUSA, Lisa D'Amour, Emily Johnson, Katie Pearl, Clarinda Mac Low, Cydney Wilkes, Hijack, Tanya Gagné, The Love Everybody Players, Circus Amok, and the feminist punk pop band, Le Tigre.
She holds a BFA in Acting from NYU's Tisch School of the Arts (with a double major in Women's Studies) and is also a singer, fifth-generation lasso-spinner, former student of the flying trapeze, and renegade carpenter. As Administrator and Production Manager of New York's legendary Judson Church (1994-2004), she co-created, produced, and curated START, a multi-disciplinary series integrating politics and arts. Her writing, including essays and poetry, has been featured on many live stages and print forums including The Movement Research Performance Journal, the live-cast Culture Bodega, The Performance Club, Criticism Exchange, and The Triumph of Poverty: Poems Inspired by the Work of Nicole Eisenman. Her background in these areas, as well as over two decades of experience working in nearly every facet of arts production as a technical director, production manager, stage technician, and scenic/sound designer, informs each aspect of her artwork.