Dance Guest Artists

Karen Sherman

Karen Sherman headshot

photo by Aaron Rosenblum


Karen Sherman, a 2016-17 Hodder Fellow at the Lewis Center, makes performances that incorporate her background in dance, writing, theater, music, and the handyman arts. 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. Her work has been presented nationally by Walker Art Center, PS 122, Fusebox Festival, Movement Research, ODC/Dance, Portland Institute for Contemporary Art, and The Chocolate Factory Theater, among many others. Her awards include a 2020 Herb Alpert Award in the Arts, 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.