photo by Tom Kramer


Sheila Cowley is a playwright and audio producer based in St. Petersburg, Florida. 

Her plays embrace many artforms, creating theatre that celebrates voice, movement, sound and visual art. It’s theatre that asks big questions — about gender roles and family, and tiny daily acts of heroism. 

Her plays range from Flying, about women forced to stop piloting military planes in WWII, to Madness, an absurdist comedy of gender roles, identity and derring-do. Her work has been produced around the U.S. and in London, South Korea, Sydney and Dubai. She sparks connections between tidal pools and stars, and just last year inspired several hundred people to join a parade led by visual artists with neuro-disabilities, around and into a museum. 

Sheila collaborates with actors, dancers, scientists, musicians and visual artists on performance works aimed at inspiring audiences to look up, to reach out and embrace this complicated world. The St. Petersburg Arts Alliance named her the city’s 2018 Literary Muse.

As an award-winning audio editor, she’s produced audio tours for the Salvador Dalí Museum, the James Museum and Selby Gardens. . . the improvised comedy series Offramp. . . the Arts In podcast series for Creative Pinellas. . . and visually-descriptive audio tours of the SHINE Mural Festival for the St. Petersburg Arts Alliance. 

Dramatists Guild
New Play Exchange 
Association of Independents in Radio

Lisa Powers Tricomi and the artists of Creative Clay performing Airlift at the Museum of Fine Arts St. Petersburg