Bio

New York-based writer and actor Shelley McPherson wrote the book for the musical, Seeing Stars, first performed in a concert reading featuring Kelli O’Hara and Jesse Tyler Ferguson at Joe’s Pub at the Public Theater in New York. Seeing Stars, with music and lyrics by the award-winning Breithaupt Brothers, received a developmental workshop at the York Theatre in New York and was one of 12 “Next Link” musicals jury-selected for the New York Musical Festival, where it had a sold-out run (director: Jenn Thompson; choreographer: Liza Gennaro; musical director: Mark Berman; fight director: Tony Award-winning BH Barry). Seeing Stars has been a finalist for developmental workshops at NAMT and the O’Neill National Musical Theater Conference.

Boomerang Theatre Company chose Shelley’s play, Exit Zero, for its First Flight Reading Series in 2013. Her play, Mommy Baby, was a finalist in the Heiress Productions Playwriting Competition and was chosen for Boomerang Theatre Company’s 2014 First Flight Developmental Reading Series (directed by Martha Banta and featuring Keira Naughton, Laurie Wells, Todd Gearhart, and Molly Carden). Shelley’s new full-length, Knifeplay, will receive its first reading as part of the Lafayette Salon at The Players Club in New York in the fall of 2017.

Her one-act plays include Tender is the Night and The Show Must Go On, both produced in Boomerang Theatre Company’s 24-hour play festival. Her short play, Lady Doc, about Emily Stowe, a pioneering Canadian doctor and founder of Women’s College Hospital, is included in 365 Women a Year. She is a member of the Dramatists Guild, AEA and SAG-AFTRA. M.A.: Northwestern University.

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Awards

  • Seeing Stars -finalist for developmental workshops at NAMT & O’Neill National Musical Theater Conference.
  • Exit Zero – chosen by Boomerang Theatre Company for its First Flight Reading Series in 2013.
  • Mommy Baby – finalist in Heiress Productions Playwriting Competition & chosen for Boomerang Theatre Company’s 2014 First Flight Developmental Reading Series.

'Seeing Stars' was definitely one of the highlights of the New York Musical Theatre Festival: a vibrant, melodious score, great plot and characters. I’m keeping my fingers crossed for it.

Tim Jerome, President & Founder, National Music Theater Network