NMU Forest Roberts Theatre - Shelley Russell

Ph.D., Florida State University

A Professor of Theatre in the Communications and Performance Studies Department at NMU, Russell has been the executive director for the Lake Superior Theatre in Marquette from 1999-2002, during which she received numerous awards including the NEA Director's Challenge Award (2000) and Northern Michigan Performing Artist of the Year (2000).  During her spare time she enjoys writing, and has written numerous plays, which have been performed on the Forest Roberts Theatre stage and at Lake Superior Theatre.  Some of her works include: Points North, Holdin' Our Own: The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald, Dracula, and Beacon on the Rock.  Of her writings, Haywire written in 1994, a musical set in an 1880's lumber camp, tells the story about lumberjacking in the Upper Peninsula.  After debuting on the Forest Roberts Theatre stage, the NMU production of Haywire 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 "swashbucler comedy," Jule won 5th place in the prestigious Jane Chambers Playwriting Competition.  Russell's most recent work was Links (2004), a play about women in the world of professional golf.