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From racially-diverse retellings of Shakespeare, to her rural Iowa upbringing and tales inspired by the ancient Greeks, Shelley is a genre writer of supernatural drama, horror, and sci-fi. Her television and feature scripts have been honored by THE BITCH LIST, the AUSTIN FILM FESTIVAL, and the ATHENA FILM FESTIVAL-WIST screenwriting labs. An experienced theater production manager and actress, Shelley is also a trained cultural anthropologist and archaeologist who worked for a decade developing and designing exhibitions at The Field Museum of Natural History. Here, she helped manage and collaborated with teams of world-renowned scientists, designers, and production artists: overseeing content direction, writing interpretive materials and interactive scripts, and supervising research teams on topics ranging from the history of ancient cultures, to paleontology, conservation biology, and artifact conservation. Shelley currently advises teams as a cultural dialogue facilitator and museum consultant, and helps oversee the IFA/SAG-Aftra Chicago Table Read competition, “At The Table.” Her current feature Homesick, cowritten with director Jim Vendiola, is in late development.

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