Hi. I'm Joanie.

Director of Theatre and Opera. 
Artistic Director of WaterTower Theatre.
Chicago proud + Dallas Life.

Authenticity * Curiosity * Connectivity

These are the core values I hold dear as an artist, leader, thinker, and person.


“Her plays tend to say to an audience, ‘Hey there, buckle up, this ain’t going to be easy, but you’re not going to forget what we’ve got in store for you.’ Don’t be fooled by her charming veneer: Schultz is a hard-ass. She’s the Mr. Miyagi of Chicago theater.” - playwright Sarah Gubbins in TimeOut Chicago, 2010.

"I've never worked with a director who's been such a collaborator. She said on one of the first days, 'Whatever the best idea is in the room goes.' She's remarkably intelligent, but it's that rare, beautiful scenario where it is not coupled with an ego." -actor Liam Forde in Metroweekly, 2016. 

“What I love about Joanie’s body of work is she can really understand, deconstruct and then reconstruct the human experience. She finds emotional resonance in the mundane. And that’s what this play is. There’s gonna be a lot of mundane business, from an outsider’s point of view, but for the people in there, it’s magical.” -playwright Isaac Gomez about Joanie developing his new play, WALLY WORLD, 2016.

"If every play you do is not life-changing, then you’re doing it wrong, I don’t know why you would do a play otherwise.” -Joanie Schultz in the Dallas Observer, 10 Most Fascinating People in Dallas, 2017.




Future work

THEATRE MASTERS, Take 10, Rattlestick Playwright's Theatre, May 1-5, 2018

KANSAS CITY REPERTORY, Frida: A Self Portrait, reading/workshop, May 12, 2018

WATERTOWER THEATRE, Hand to God by Robert Askins, August, 2018

WATERTOWER THEATRE, A Doll's House by Henrik Ibsen, October, 2018

STUDIO THEATRE, Cry it Out by Molly Smith Metzler, November, 2018

KANSAS CITY REPERTORY, Frida: A Self Portrait, Written and Performed by Vanessa Severo, April 2019.

WATERTOWER THEATRE, The Ballad of Little Jo, June 2019


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