Graves has previously worked as a company member with Kristina Isabelle Dance Company, Hedwig Dances, and Winifred Haun & Dancers.
She has also worked with companies such as Kate Corby & Dancers, The Fly Honeys, Philip Elson Dance, The Dance Team, and Jaxon Movement Arts; productions including Thodos Dance Chicago's New Dances, and The Inconvenience's The Salts and Standing Room Only; and choreographers such as Victor Alexander (Dance Magazine's 25 to Watch 2013), Erin Kilmurray, Brian Hare, Brandon DiCriscio, Jacqueline Stewart, Jessica Miller Tomlinson, Cara Carper, Jeremy Blair, Annie Deutz, and Angela Dice Nyugen.
Past performance credits also include WBEZ Wait, Wait, Don’t Tell Me, TEDxWindy City’s CONTRAST, and One State Illinois Conference 2013.
Graves has choreographed in collaboration with Matthew McMunn for Red Tape Theatre's Chicago Fringe Artist Networking Night, Laboratory Dancers' Experiment #3.5, Danceworks Chicago’s Dance Chance and Dance Chance: Redux, Chicago Dance Crash's Duets for My Valentine (2012 & 2013), Blunt Object Theatre's Shakespeare, I Love You: Pericles, and Fused Muse Ensemble's Spring Show 2013. The couple was featured in Time Out Chicago's Dancers We Discovered | 2011 In Review.
"A hypnotic solo performance accompanied by Velvet Underground and Nico’s “Femme Fatale” finds dancer Katie Graves literally embracing the audience before finally enacting that timeless, spiritual gesture of punk rock: crowd surfing." - Newcity Stage Review: The Salts / The Inconvenience
"Graves and McMunn create dynamic energy on stage with their tight and engergetic partnering skills and their recognizable style of strong and physical grace. The piece maintains the intimacy felt in last year's "Fasten to the Bottom" (Also choreographed and performed by Graves and McMunn) while bringing a new and electric static to the table." - The Examiner Review: Duets for My Valentine 2013
"Line of Sighs' new iteration includes guests Benjamin Wardell and Katie Graves, adding an eye catching aesthetic to the otherwise all Cuban group." - The Examiner Preview: Line of Sighs / Victor Alexander
"The evening length World Premiere features six tenacious and compact dancers who hurl each other, fly through the air, and captivate with immense presence... Graves perfectly embodies frailty and fear in this forest of towering structures while maintaining a strong ubiquity, pulling focus with her as she exits." - The Examiner Review: ASCENDance / Hedwig Dances
"The Hedwig performers — pliant yet precise in detailed, highly kinetic moves — supply the human factor." - Chicago Reader Review: ASCENDance / Hedwig Dances
"Katie Graves and Matthew McMunn: This young pair of dancer-choreographers popped up everywhere in 2011. Their Sudden Buoyancy was one of the year’s best new duets." - TimeOut Chicago's Dancers We Discovered | 2011 in Review
"...and the performances by company members Victor Alexander, Michel Rodriguez, Maray Gutierrez, Edson Cabrera and Jessie Gutierrez, with Guest Artist Katie Graves, are consistently strong in four very different settings." - AOTPR Review: Vanishing Points / Hedwig Dances
"Kilmurray’s duet, called Bass Kick and made with its performers, Katie Graves and Nebi Berhane, begins in the room’s center and, as it progresses, demands an increasing amount of space. It’s a sharper dance in which short stillnesses punctuate the flow like cymbal hits." - TimeOut Chicago Review: Standing Room Only / The Inconvenience
Graves is a freelance photographer with experience capturing headshots, portraits, movement, performances, engagements, weddings, fashion, family, festivals, musicians, food, products, restaurants, and events. She currently co-produces a travel blog with Sarah Jane Murray called The Stumbleweeds.
Past clients include:
- La Forma
- Lululemon: Bucktown, Chicago
- The Dance Center of Columbia College Chicago
- Davis Wright Tremaine LLP
- Patriot Environmental Services
- The Chicago Dancing Festival
- Windy City Organics: Rawmio
- Dusek's Board & Beer
- Punch House
- Thodos Dance Chicago
- One Hundred Fitness
- Mordine & Company Dance Theater
- Links Hall
- Nexus Project
- The Seldoms
- Kate Corby & Dancers
- The Space/Movement Project
- Esoteric Dance Project
- Mark Jeffery & Judd Morrisey: Atom-r
- Every House Has A Door
- Circle Theatre
- Johnny Lewis
- Quinn Tsan
- Under Construction Dance Project
- JMT/JLS Choreography
Graves has also modeled for companies such as Moosejaw, Sudara, One Light Workshop, and Blank Nation Apparel.