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

Flying is scheduled for its Equity premiere at Chenango River Theatre in Greene NY, May 26-June 18. Directed by Drew Kahl and I’m glad to announce with the wonderful Jim Wicker as Doc. Jim’s been in on Flying’s development from the very first reading five years ago, and over the years has read more different versions of that script than anybody else but me.

Thrilled that Flying will be part of American Blues Theatre’s Blue Ink Festival in Chicago. Directed by Heather Meyers, date TBA.

And brand new news, that Trio will receive its world premiere next spring, details coming shortly. My thanks to the St Petersburg Arts Alliance, whose grant program is funding a workshop and staged reading of Trio with actors, dancers and choreographer Paula Kramer, coming up at The Studio@620 this summer. In the meantime, I’m honored to have served as the dramaturg for the production of the all-African American Macbeth that’s opening at The Studio, after more than a year of stimulating research for director Bob Devin Jones.

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.

Looking forward to another invigorating exploration of a script with the Association of Theatre in Higher Education‘s New Play Development Workshop this summer, as the ATHE creative team and I tackle Teatime with Tampa actors Suzy DeVore and Connie Lamarck-Frankel in the cast.

Cheers to the Seoul Players, who brought Bikini Atoll Bombshell to Seoul, South Korea in November. And grateful that Flowers was a touching part of both the Actors’ Theatre‘s 8 Tens Play Festival at Center Stage Theater in Santa Cruz CA and the Lyons/Summit Ten in 10 Festival outside Chicago.

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Find Sheila on the New Play Exchange