An evening with theater director Shelley Butler

College of the Canyons welcomed theater director Shelley Butler to the School of Visual & Performing Arts’ Virtual Industry Insight Series Wednesday. Courtesy photo

College of the Canyons will welcome theater director Shelley Butler to the School of Visual & Performing Arts’ Virtual Industry Insight Series Wednesday. 

With a career that includes more than 30 Broadway, Off-Broadway and regional credits, Butler has worked extensively on creating new work. She brings a unique perspective from years of experience working with writers in the development of new plays and musicals. She has also worked on the Broadway, First National Tour and U.K. productions of “Beautiful: The Carole King Musical” and the Broadway production of “Guys and Dolls” at the Nederlander Theatre. 

“We are fortunate to have Shelley Butler sharing insight from the world of professional practice in theater across the United States,” said Jennifer Smolos, dean of the School of Visual & Performing Arts.  “Not only has Shelley’s experience as a stage director worked to redefine theatrical norms, but she also continues to inspire women to pursue careers in directing. I am delighted that her presentation also coincides with Women’s History Month.” 

Butler’s most recent work includes the world premiere of Lucas Hnath’s “A Doll’s House Part 2” at South Coast Repertory and the Japanese premiere of “Beautiful: The Carole King Musical” at the Imperial Theatre in Tokyo. Butler is also the recipient of a Drama League Directing Fellowship, a 2005 Director’s Guild of America Trainee, a member of the Lincoln Center Directors’ Lab and the Women’s Project Directors Lab. She also spent two seasons as artistic associate in charge of new play development for Hartford Stage and three seasons as artistic associate for Great Lakes Theater Festival. 

At 5 p.m. Wednesday, Butler will appear as part of the School of Visual & Performing Arts’ Industry Insight Series for 2020-2021, sharing insight from her theatrical career and how she has adapted her work as a result of the pandemic. 

All students, faculty, staff and Patrons of the Arts members are invited, with an opportunity to ask questions during the event. 

For more information, contact Dean Jennifer Smolos at jennifer[email protected]. 

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