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.

Honored that Flying is 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. Both performances with wonderful and diverse casts.

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 Eddie Gomez and dancers Helen Hansen French, Crystal DelGiudice and Sean McDonald. Directed by Elizabeth Brincklow and and choreographed by Paula Kramer, with a staged reading coming up at The Studio@620 on August 22.

Flowers and Duck will be onstage at the Carrollwood Players‘ Evening of Short Plays in Tampa June 16-17, along with plays by the wonderful playwrights Matt Cowley, Beth Gelman, Jim Rayfield and Tom Sivak.

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.

And  I’m honored to have served as the dramaturg for the production of the all-African American Macbeth that was onstage at The Studio@620 this spring, after more than a year of stimulating research for director Bob Devin Jones.

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Find Sheila on the New Play Exchange