Shelley M. Russell
Ph.D., Florida State University
A Professor of Theatre in the Communications and Performance Studies Department at NMU, Russell teaches a variety of courses, including Stage Combat, Acting Shakespeare and Voice and Diction. Russell has directed over fifty productions, including Beauty and the Beast, Romeo and Juliet, The Scarlet Pimpernel and most recently, Epic Proportions. Russell also serves as the faculty supervisor for the theatre's costume shop, and has designed over forty productions.
From 1999 to 2002 she served as executive director for the Lake Superior Theatre in Marquette, during which time the theatre received numerous awards including the NEA Director's Challenge Award. Dr. Russell has written numerous playscripts, many of which have been performed at the Forest Roberts Theatre and at Lake Superior Theatre. Some of her works include: Holdin' Our Own: The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald, Dracula and Beacon on the Rock. Haywire, a musical which she set in a 19th century Upper Peninsula logging camp, made its debut on the Roberts Theatre stage in 1994, was invited to perform at the Weidner Center in Green Bay and advanced to the National Finals of the American College Theatre Festival at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C. Her 1996 "swashbuckler comedy," Jule, was recognized by the prestigious Jane Chambers Playwriting Competition. Russell's most recent work, Links (2004), explores feminist issues through the experiences of women's professional golf.