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Shelley BarishAssociate Professor
  • College
    College of Fine Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
  • Department
    English
  • Phone
    (978) 934-4171
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Research Interests

Theatre Arts

Education

  • Other: Production Design: Scenic & Lighting Design, (2006), Michigan State University - East Lansing, MI
  • BA: Double Major in Theatre and Art History, (2001), Fairfield University - Fairfield, CT

Biography

Shelley Barish specializes in production design for theatre with an emphasis on scenic design and secondary specializations in lighting and scene painting. Shelley designs actively in Boston at companies including The Lyric Stage Company of Boston (Dear Elizabeth, Becky’s New Car, Camelot, Murder for 2), The Greater Boston Stage Company (The Irish and How They Got That Way), Bad Habit Productions and New Exhibition Room. Shelley works actively as a designer and scenic artist for numerous other theaters including The Ohio Light Opera, Eastman School of Music, Geva Theatre (Scenic Charge Artist), Berkshire Theatre Festival, Mercury Opera, Boarshead Theatre, Cortland Repertory Theatre and Bristol Valley Theatre. She is an active member of USITT. Recent design credits include Unnecessary Farce (premier), Boom, Barefoot in the Park, Next Fall, HMS Pinafore, Urinetown, Born Yesterday, The Real Thing, Der Vogelhandler and the Off-Broadway premier of Mare in the Men’s Room.

Selected Awards and Honors

  • Outstanding Teaching Award (2012), Teaching - University of Massachusetts Lowell English Department
  • Faculty Advisory of the Year (2012), Service, University - Off-Broadway Players
  • Varg-Sullivan Graduate Award in Arts and Letters (2006), Scholarship/Research - Michigan State University

Selected Artistic and Professional Performances and Exhibits

  • Mr. Burns Post Electric Play Theatre - Design scenery - Northeastern University - Boston, MA
  • Camelot Non-Academic - Regional, Theatre - Design scenery - The Lyric Stage Company of Boston - Boston, MA
  • Murder For Two Non-Academic - Regional, Theatre - Design scenery - Lyric Stage Company of Boston - Boston, MA
  • Cards on the Table Non-Academic - Regional, Theatre - Design scenery - Cortland Repertory Theatre - Cortland, NY
  • Cortland Repertory Theatre Non-Academic - Regional, Theatre - Design scenery - Cprtland, NY
  • Dear Elizabeth Non-Academic - Regional, Theatre - Design scenery - Lyric Stage Company of Boston - Boston Ma
  • Becky's New Car Non-Academic - Regional, Theatre - Design scenery - Lyric Stage Company of Boston - Boston, MA
  • The Irish and How They Got That Way Non-Academic - Regional, Theatre - Design scenery - Greater Boston Stage Company - Boston, MA
  • Hold These Truths Non-Academic - Regional, Theatre - Design scenery - Lyric Stage Company of Boston - Boston MA
  • Next Fall Non-Academic - Regional, Theatre - Design scenery - Bristol Valley Theatre - Naples, NY
  • Boom Other - Bristol Valley Theatre (Bristol Valley Theatre) - Naples, NY
    Directed by Karin Bowersock
  • Marvelous Wonderettes Other - Bristol valley Theatre (Bristol Valley Theatre) - Naples, NY
    Directed by David Shane
  • As You Like It Academic - Other - UMASS Lowell, Comely-Lane Theatre (UMASS Lowell) - Lowell, MA
    Directed by Nancy Selleck
  • Barefoot in the Park Other - Bristol Valley Theatre (Bristol Valley Theatre) - Naples, NY
    Directed by David Shane
  • A Couple of White Chicks Sitting Around Talking Other - Bristol Valley Theatre (Bristol Valley Theatre) - Naples, NY
    Directed by David Shane
  • Dead Man's Cell Phone Other - Theatre Fairfield (Theatre Fairfield, Pepsico Theatre) - Fairfield, CT
    Directed by Jeffery Allen
  • Red White and Tuna Other - Bristol Valley Theatre (Bristol Valley Theatre) - Naples, NY
    Directed by David Shane
  • Private Lives Other - Bristol Valley Theatre (Bristol Valley Theatre) - Naples, NY
    Directed by Karin Bowersock
  • Assassins Other - Peppermint Creek Players (Peppermint Creek Players) - Lansing, MI
    Directed by Chad Badgero
  • HMS Pinafore Other - The Ohio Light Opera (The Ohio Light Opera) - Wooster, OH
    Directed by Ted Christopher
  • The New Moon Other - The Ohio Light Opera (The Ohio Light Opera) - Wooster, OH
    Directed by Ted Christopher
  • Unnecessary Farce Other - BoarsHead Theatre (BoarsHead Theatre) - Lansing, MI
    Premier; Directed by Kristine Thatcher.
  • You Can't Take It With You Other - Kalamazoo Civic Theatre, Civic Theatre (Kalamazoo Civic Theatre, Civic Theatre) - Kalamazoo, MI
    Directed by Robert L. Smith
  • A Woman Called Truth Other - Kalamazoo Civic Theatre, Parrish Theatre (Kalamazoo Civic Theatre, Parrish Theatre) - Kalamazoo, MI
    Directed by Robert L. Smith