Chicago-based Freelance Director
Joanie Schultz is a Chicago-based freelance director. Most recently she directed the Chicago premiere of Neighborhood 3 at Strawdog Theatre. Upcoming, she is directing The Whale at Victory Gardens and Luther at Steep Theatre, where she is an artistic associate and previously directed The Receptionist, A Brief History of Helen of Troy and the Jeff Award winning In Arabia We’d All be Kings. Last season, she directed the world premiere of fml: How Carson McCullers Saved My Life by Sarah Gubbins at Steppenwolf Theatre; The Girl in the Yellow Dress by Craig Higginson at Next Theatre; Ask Aunt Susan by Seth Bockley for The Goodman Theatre’s New Stages Amplified; and the Jeff nominated production of The Kid Thing by Sarah Gubbins, a co-production of About Face Theatre and Chicago Dramatists. Also recently in Chicago, she directed The Metal Children at Next Theatre; Wreckage and Many Loves for Caffeine Theatre; Shining City for Redtwist Theatre; The Ring Cycle for the Building Stage; and A Perfect Wedding and Stone Cold Dead Serious for Circle Theatre.
Ms. Schultz has directed the operas New York Stories, Savitri, and The Telephone for Chicago Opera Theater’s Young Artist Program and Chicago College of the Performing Arts; and Acis and Galatea at Chicago Cultural Center, which was also the first fully staged opera on the Pritzker Pavilion Stage in Millennium Park. Ms. Schultz holds an MFA from Northwestern University; was a New York Drama League Fellow; The Goodman Theatre's Michael Maggio Directing Fellow; the SDC Denham Fellow; was a participant in the Lincoln Center Theater Directors Lab; and currently teaches directing at Columbia College Chicago