• MA, Interdisciplinary Arts, Columbia College Chicago
  • BA, English, University of Iowa

                         -Member, Undergrad Writers’ Workshop, Fiction. L. Rust Hills, instructor


2015     3AP awardee for Amok Fest, 3Arts crowdfunding program with matching foundation grant

2015     Residency at the Chicago Cultural Center for Amok as part of Chicago's In the Works program   

2014      Puffin Foundation, Ltd., grant to develop Amok

2014      Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs & Special Events,

              Individual Artist Grant, Chicago Dream House

2014      Illinois Arts Council Agency grant to develop Amok

2014      Residency at Links Hall, Chicago, to develop Amok

2013      Propeller Fund grant for Chicago Dream House

2013      Residency at Caldera Arts Center, Sisters, Oregon

2012      Albert P. Weisman Award at Columbia College Chicago

              for the sound project American Bacchae Infrasonic

2012      3Arts Residency Fellowship Nomination

2012      Jeff Award Recommendation, Ironmistress (director)

2006      Jeff Award Recommendation, Medea (actor)

2005      Jeff Award Nomination—Acting Ensemble, To The Green Fields Beyond

Exhibitions and Festivals

2015      Amok Festival '15, Dec 4-6, at Links Hall. Festival executive producer and creator

2014      Chicago Dream House, lead artist, socially engaged art project in Albany Park

2014      59 Days Project: Mauritius, a sound piece contributing to 59 Days, an international art project                investigating the countries which celebrate independence from Britain

2014       American Bacchae Infrasonic at Xin Wang’s The Gallery in Beijing, China

2013      American Bacchae Infrasonic, official selection, 8th Annual Streaming Festival,

              The Hague, The Netherlands

2012      Albert P. Weisman Award Exhibition, Columbia College Chicago


2016      Orangutan at the RhinoFest, lyrics and text. Music by composer Eric Reda

2015      Amok, Links Hall

2014      Amok (first development workshop) Sky Area Ten at Links Hall, Chicago

2013      American Bacchae (staged workshop), Sky Area Ten at Rhino Fest, Chicago  

2007      Rudolph Versus Global Warming, Chopin Theater, Chicago


2014      Frequency Response (formerly Dysphonia), Chicago Opera Vanguard, Chicago

1992      Surrender (co-writer), Live Bait Theater, Chicago

Stage Direction—Theater and Opera

2014      The Willies, Sky Area Ten at Rhino Fest, Chicago

2013      "A Night of American Opera," Chicago Opera Initiatives

2013      Stadium Devildare, Red Tape Theater, Chicago

2012      Ironmistress, Oracle Productions, Chicago

2011      Voice-Check, Chicago Opera Vanguard/About Face for the Woyzeck Project, Chicago

2011      Radio Goggles: Adventures of Philip Marlowe, Oracle Productions, Chicago

2011      Mosque Alert, American Theatre Company, 10x10 Fest, Chicago

2011      The Suitcase (staged workshop), COV/Queen’s University, Belfast, Northern Ireland

2011      The Suitcase (staged workshop), Chicago Opera Vanguard, Chicago

2010      Winterreise (co-director), Chicago Opera Vanguard, Chicago

2009      Twelfth Night, Piccolo Theatre, Evanston, Ill.

2006      Memento Polonia, Overdog Productions, Chicago

2005      Three Days of Rain, Actors Revolution Theater, Chicago

2004      A Window, Around the Coyote Winterfest, Chicago

2004      Funeral Parlor, Women's Theatre Alliance, Chicago

Assistant Directing

2008       Romeo and Juliet, Zeljko Djukic, director, TUTA, Chicago

2006       The Human Capacity, Kevin Heckman, director, Stage Left, Chicago

2000       Hamlet, Kent Klineman, director, K&K Productions, Chicago

Recent Theater Performance

2015      Wozzeck, acting role, Lyric Opera Chicago

2013      The WIllies, Rhino Fest

2012      Elektra, acting role, Lyric Opera Chicago

2010      The Play About the Baby, leading role, BackStage Theater, Chicago

2010      The Damnation of Faust, acting role, Lyric Opera Chicago

2009      Faust, acting role, Lyric Opera Chicago

2009      Six Degrees of Separation, leading role, Eclipse Theater, Chicago

2008      Safe House, leading role, Stage Left Theater, Chicago

2008      Lust, Lies and Marriage, supporting role, Piccolo Theater, Evanston, Ill.

2007      Yerma, supporting role, Halcyon Theatre, Chicago

2006      Medea, leading role, BackStage Theater, Chicago

2005      To the Green Fields Beyond, supporting role, Writers’ Theatre, Glencoe, Ill.

Company Membership

2010-11  Member, All Things Story Playback Company

2000-03 Founding member, Chicago Playback Company

Theater Training

  • Suzuki/Viewpoints
  • Commedia Dell’Arte
  • Shakespeare
  • Chekov
  • Laban
  • Lecoq-based neutral mask, element, and breath work
  • Devising
  • Playback Theater

Workshop Facilitator

2013      Playback Theatre workshops with Oregon high school students, Caldera Arts Center

2011      Devising Opera, Queen’s University, Belfast, Northern Ireland

2010      Playback Theatre workshop with US veterans, Vet Arts Project, Chicago

2002      Playback Theatre workshop on money and work, Crossroads Center, Chicago

Selected Bibliography

Joseph, Susan. (April, 2013).  God on Campus: Annie Baker’s Body Awareness, Sex Week, and The Bacchae. Unpublished paper presented at the 37th Annual Comparative Literature Conference, Baltimore, Maryland.

Joseph, Susan. (March, 2013). Frank as Dionysus: Annie Baker's Body Awareness, Sex Blogs, and Sex Week, and Recent Productions of The Bacchae. Unpublished paper presented at the PCA/ACA (Popular Culture Association, American Culture Association) National Conference, Washington, D.C.

Beste, Kati. "Work Incubated in InterArts MA Program Finds Audiences in Chicago's Thriving Alternative Theater Scene" InterArts and CBPA Newsfeed, Feb. 17, 2013

Walsh, Katy. “Ironmistress Is a Machine!” Chicago Theater Beat, Jan. 8, 2012

Camp, Devlyn. “Ironmistress at Oracle: Sensitive, Smart, Tough as Nails,” Chicago Theatre Review, Jan. 9, 2012

Reid, Kerry. “Ten and Ironmistress Are Both Recommended,” Chicago Tribune, Jan. 10, 2012

Zarris, Venus. "Ironmistress: Review,” Chicago Stage Review, Feb. 9, 2012

Bommer, Lawrence.  “Ironmistress,” Chicago Stage Style, January 2012

 “A direct hit.… As director, Karen Yates doesn't skip a beat with the Bard's much-loved comedy.” Witom, Tom. Pioneer Press, Feb. 26, 2009

 “A vibrant and kinetic play…Piccolo has a swinging production on its hands.” Murphy, Brian.  Evanston Roundtable, February 2009

“Director Karen Yates’ production of Twelfth Night is one of the most delightful little surprises of the season.” Hardwicke, Randy., Feb. 20, 2009

"Memento Polonia : Highly Recommended” Barnidge, Mary Shen. The Chicago Reader, November 2006

Professional Service Work

2013                        MFA Writing Critique Panel, School of the Art Institute

2013                        Performance Panel, Caldera Arts Center 2014 applicants

Related Volunteer Positions

2010 to 2012                    Vet Arts Project, Warrior Arts Studio, facilitating artist

2006 to present                 The League of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra

                                          -2008-09  Vice-President, Education

                                          -2008-09 Chair, Joint Seminar—the Art Institute and CSO

                                          -2007-08 Chair, Adventures in Music Youth Program