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Shelley Barish, M.F.A.


College of Fine Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
O'Leary Library - 447


Theatre Arts

Research Interests

Theatre Arts:Scenic Design & Scene Painting, Theatre History, Play Analysis


  • Michigan State University, M.F.A
  • Fairfield University B.A.


Shelley Barish specializes in production design for theatre with an emphasis on scenic design and secondary specializations in 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), Wheelock Family Theatre (Matilda), Central Square Theatre (Young Nerds of Color, Pipeline) The Greater Boston Stage Company (The Irish and How They Got That Way, 39 Steps, Little Women), Merrimack Repertory Theatre (A Christmas Carol). 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 Gideon’s Knot (Off-Broadway –Ripple Effect Theatre), 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./p>

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 Scenic Designs

Gideon's KnotTheatre Row: Ripple Effect Theatre
Young Nerds of Color (Premiere)Central Square Theatre
Cowboy Versus SamaraiBristol Valley Theatre
39 StepsGreater Boston Stage Company
Incident of Our Lady...Greater Boston Stage Company
A Gentleman's Guide to Love...Lyric Stage Company of Boston
Bad DatesBristol Valley Theatre (Virtual)
The WolvesLyric Stage Company of Boston
Hold These TruthsLyric Stage Company of Boston
PipelineWAM Theatre / Central Square
Mr. BurnsNortheastern University
The RoommateThreshold Theatre Company
CamelotLyric Stage Company of Boston
Legally BlondeCortland Repertory Theatre
NewsiesCortland Repertory Theatre
Appointment With DeathCortland Repertory Theatre
Nana's Naught NickersCortland Repertory Theatre
The Irish and How They...Greater Boston Stage Company
Murder for TwoLyric Stage Company of Boston
Mr. BurnsLyric Stage Company of Boston
Cards On The TableCortland Repertory Theatre
West Side StoryCortland Repertory Theatre
Jekyll and HydeBristol Valley Theatre
The Real Inspector HoundBad Habit Productions
Three (premier)Boston Public Works
S'Wonderful (Premiere)Bristol Valley Theatre
NeatBristol Valley Theatre
ArtBristol Valley Theatre
GodspellBristol Valley Theatre
Becky's New CarBristol Valley Theatre
SudsCortland Repertory Theatre
Addams FamilyCortland Repertory Theatre
Dear ElizabethLyric Stage Company of Boston
Becky’s New CarLyric Stage Company of Boston
Mare in the Men’s Room(Premiere)American Actors Theatre
The Real ThingBad Habit Productions – BCA Boston
Top GirlsBad Habit Productions – BCA Boston
Someone Who’ll Watch Over MeBad Habit Productions – BCA Boston
Paint Me A Picture(Premiere)Bad Habit Productions – BCA Boston
Diamond In the Sky(Premiere)Bad Habit Productions – BCA Boston
EEP Show!(Premiere)New Exhibition Room
Dead Man’s Cell PhoneTheatre Fairfield
PICk Love(Premiere)Rochester Fringe Festival
LutherApollinare Theatre
UrinetownOff-Broadway Players
Boeing BoeingUMass Lowell
LysistrataUMass Lowell
As You Like ItUMass Lowell
Top GirlsUMass Lowell
SubUrbiaUMass Lowell
Red MasqueradeSUNY New Paltz
Blood WeddingSUNY New Paltz
BOOMBristol Valley Theater
Next FallBristol Valley Theater
Marvelous WonderettesBristol Valley Theater
Barefoot In The ParkBristol Valley Theater
Private LivesBristol Valley Theater
Red, White & TunaBristol Valley Theater
A Coupla’ White ChicksBristol Valley Theater
DeathtrapBristol Valley Theater
AssassinsEastman School of Music
Unnecessary Farce(Premiere)BoarsHead Theatre
Der VogelhandlerThe Ohio Light Opera
HMS PinaforeThe Ohio Light Opera
The New MoonThe Ohio Light Opera

Research Currently in Progress

Scenic Designs in Progress:

  • Matilda, Wheelock Family Theatre, Opens October 2022
  • Little Women, Greater Boston Stage Company, Opens November 2022
  • A Christmas Carol, Merrimack Repertory Theatre, Opens December 2022