Sheila Cowley is a playwright and radio producer. Her work combines vivid conversation, sound and movement.

Photo by Tom Kramer

Photo by Tom Kramer

“My plays focus on what it’s hard to say out loud. What’s important to me are the tensions underneath the masks we wear, whether those masks are visible or not. My work explores gender role reversals, and the ever-changing roles we grow into as families shift through marriage, death,  divorce and birth.

“But if I can explore all that with dance and circus, all the better.”

The Latest

Thrilled that Trio will receive its world premiere next spring at Austin TX’s bold new Filigree Theatre. My thanks to the St Petersburg Arts Alliance, whose grant program is funding an exciting workshop of Trio with Becca McCoy, Derrick Phillips and Chris Rutherford and dancers Helen Hansen French, Crystal DelGiudice and Sean McDonald. Directed by Elizabeth Brincklow and choreographed by Paula Kramer with fight direction by Dan Granke. A free staged reading is coming up at The Studio@620 on August 22.

Cheered that Stay will be onstage at Charleston SC’s lovely South of Broadway Theatre, February 22-March 10, 2018. Many thanks to Artistic Director Kristen Kos, and the vital New Play Exchange.

Flying will open Tampa Repertory Theatre‘s season September 15-October 1, as a co-production with The Studio@620 in downtown St. Pete, October 4-7. Directed by Robin Gordon, artistic director C. David Frankel, stage manager Cat Carter. With Becca McCoy, Justin Smith, Rosemary Orlando, Holly Marie Weber and Joseph Parra. Set design by Allen Loyd, lighting by Jo Averill-Snell, costumes by Connie Lamarca-Frankel and sound design by Matthew Cowley.

Flying received its Equity premiere at Chenango River Theatre in Greene NY, May 26-June 18. Directed by Drew Kahl and with the wonderful Jim Wicker as Doc.

It’s an honor that Flying is the national runner-up for the Todd McNerney Playwriting Award at the College of Charleston, and part of the Piccolo Spoleto Festival 2017 in Charleston SC.  Flying was a Featured Finalist in American Blues Theatre’s Blue Ink Festival in Chicago on May 23, 2017. And part of the Austin Playhouse Festival of New American Plays on May 7, 2017 in Austin TX. All of those performances with wonderful and diverse casts.

The exciting collaborations with choreographer Paula Kramer, actor Becca McCoy and dancer Crystal DelGiudice, I’m Here, opened the Gasparilla Fringe Festival with pizzaz, thanks to Becca and Crystal’s spectacular performance. Commissioned for GASP! and inspired by a striking photograph by Australian photographer Krystle Wright currently on display at the Tampa Museum of Art, the project was my first experience working with dancers and experiencing all the fluid ideas fearless dancers have about space and possibilities. You can see the striking visuals caught by dance photographer Tom Kramer, and the incredible video Crystal and Becca shot just minutes after they were introduced.

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