Shelby-Allison Hibbs is a director and award winning writer, and currently a Clinical Assistant Professor at The University of Texas at Dallas. She enjoys creating theatre with a variety of people because she believes in the transformational nature of performance and theatre training. She primarily focuses on ensemble training, devised theatre, and socially-conscious performance work. Her background includes training in the classics and musical theatre, along with expertise in experimental work of the modern and late twentieth century. She approaches each project with an inquisitive spirit and dedication to excellence.

She grew up in Sherwood, AR (just outside of Little Rock) and primarily studied piano as a child. With few outlets for artistic pursuits, she left the Natural State to train and work with artists in Texas, New Jersey, Massachusetts, and New York. Her dedication and work ethic has led her to numerous opportunities across the country.

In Dallas, she has worked with Dead White Zombies, Cry Havoc Theatre, Dallas Theater Center, The Aviary, WaterTower Theatre, Nouveau47, Shakespeare Dallas, Echo Theatre, Kitchen Dog Theater/OMPF, Dallas Children’s Theatre, Shakespeare at the Bar, House Party Theatre, and Capers for Kids. She has worked as a Teaching Artist and Director with The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey and The Berkshire Theatre Group. New York credits include premieres with Slant Theatre Project, CTown, Target Margin Theatre, Edge in Motion, Adrienne Westwood, and Robert Wilson. While in New York, she interned with The Wooster Group and Jim Findlay’s BOTANICA. She is a contributor for Theater Jones and has been published in HowlRound, Ecumenica, Theatre Topics (upcoming), Dallas Observer, and Texas Theater Journal. She has presented at numerous conferences across the country. She is a member of Dallas Playwright’s Workshop with The Dallas Theater Center. Graduate of the MFA program at Baylor University. In the spring, she will direct Manjula Padmanaban’s Harvest and Associate Direct Babel, a documentary play on American gun ownership with Cry Havoc Theatre, and develop Blue Jelly with Dead White Zombies.


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