Sheila Cowley is a playwright and audio producer whose work embraces other artforms – creating theatre that celebrates voice, movement, sound, visual art and circus artistry. It’s theatre that asks big questions – about gender roles and family, and tiny daily acts of heroism.
“While voice is what drew me to theatre, I’m increasingly inspired by the ways that stories can be told without words, and often should be told without words.
“I thrive on collaborative energy. It’s through the sparks created by exploring ideas with actors, dancers, directors, designers, sound and visual artists, that I find the paths into each play I write.
“My plays focus on the tensions underneath the masks we wear. My work explores gender pressures, gender role reversals and the ever-changing parts we play as families shift due to marriage, death and divorce.
“But if I can explore all that with dance and circus, all the better.”