Karen Sherman makes performances that incorporate her background in dance, writing, theater, music, and the handyman arts. Her work has been presented nationally by Walker Art Center, PS 122, Fusebox Festival, Movement Research, ODC, PICA, and The Chocolate Factory Theater, among many others. Her awards include a 2007 Bessie Award for her performance in Morgan Thorson's Faker, multiple McKnight Foundation Fellowships in Choreography and Dance, a Bush Foundation Fellowship, two MacDowell Colony Fellowships, and residencies with Vermont Performance Lab, Movement Research, Studio 206, and the Bogliasco Foundation in Liguria, Italy.
She is also a freelance stage technician, carpenter, sound and scenic designer. Her current project, Soft Goods, is a dance/performance work created in collaboration with an ensemble of stage technicians and dancers that examines work, aliveness, death, disappearance, and occupational self-obliteration.