Joanie is so excited to be an ensemble member at Steep, where she loves being part of the family. She's always thankful that Steep lets her direct challenging and exciting plays. As described in TimeOut Chicago in 2010 about her work, "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 have 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." (Sarah Gubbins). She's tried to live up to that with her work at Steep: Martyr (2015), A Small Fire (2014), Luther (2013), the Jeff Award nominated/winning The Receptionist (2012), A Brief History of Helen of Troy (2010), and In Arabia We'd All Be Kings (2009).
She also directed Venus in Fur at the Goodman Theatre, Rest and The Whale for Victory Gardens Theater, Yankee Tavern at American Blues Theatre, The Hundred Flowers Project for Silk Road Rising, and Northanger Abbey for Remy Bumppo Theatre. She has also directed operas including Bluebeard's Castle, Der Kaiser von Atlantis, Acis and Galatea, and Carmen.
Joanie holds an MFA in directing from Northwestern University; a BA in directing from Columbia College; was a Drama League Fellow; The Goodman Theatre's Michael Maggio Directing Fellow; the SDCF Denham Fellow; a Lincoln Center Theater Directors Lab participant; and was 2013 Co-Artistic Curator for Theater on the Lake. She is on faculty at Columbia College and University of Chicago. Joanie also currently serves as Associate Artistic Producer at Victory Gardens Theater, as part of the Leadership U One-on-One Fellowship funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and administered by TCG.