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

Recently back from the Association of Theatre in Higher Education‘s New Play Development Workshop. Wonderful 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’ll be performing Bikini Atoll Bombshell this fall in Seoul, South Korea. And grateful that Flowers is part of the Actors’ Theatre‘s 8 Tens Play Festival at Center Stage Theater, Santa Cruz CA and the Lyons/Summit Ten in 10 Festival.

Who knew Directors Lab Chicago were going to share my question on their website? Looking for an answer to the ever-loving question of How to Develop Plays with Movement, Sound and Silence?

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

Many thanks to Dramatists Guild Regional Rep Dewey Davis-Thompson for the lovely feature in the national Dramatist magazine – with mentions of the St Pete Synesthesia project and recent Fantastic Ekphrastic and Krampusnacht commissions.

You can check it out here, Synesthesia_DGuild2016_full-article.

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Find Sheila on the New Play Exchange.