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

Excited to be working close to home, as Flying opens American Stage‘s 21st Century Voices series, with a staged reading on March 3, 2017 directed by Vickie Daignault.

Flying is scheduled for its Equity premiere at Chenango River Theatre in Greene NY, May 26-June 18. Directed by Drew Kahl.

Flying will also be part of a festival of new plays in Chicago this summer, TBA.

Flying received a staged reading on December 12, 2016 as part of the Conversation Starters series hosted by Tampa Repertory Theatre and Creative Loafing. With Nicole Jeannine Smith, Dan Granke, Erin Miller, Stephanie Roberts and Jim Wicker, directed by Elizabeth Brincklow.

A wonderful time with the Association of Theatre in Higher Education‘s New Play Development Workshop this summer in Chicago. So stimulating to work with ATHE’s creative team on Rewrite, performed in the fabulous Empire Room of Chicago’s historic Palmer Hotel.

Cheers to the Seoul Players, who brought Bikini Atoll Bombshell to Seoul, South Korea in November. And grateful that Flowers was a moving 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.

Big Questions

Looking for an answer to the ever-loving question of How to Develop Plays with Movement, Sound and Silence? Many thanks to Directors Lab Chicago for the spark.

Day 11: How to Develop Plays with Movement, Sound and Silence

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Find Sheila on the New Play Exchange