Sheila Siragusa is a director and playwright, specializing in creation of new work and first folio Shakespeare in performance. Her production of Shakespeare's Twelfth Night was a living art installation in which museum patrons could observe the company rehearsing in floor to ceiling sheets of first folio text, culminating in a performance under an actual-size tree of words in Northampton's A.P.E. Gallery.
She has directed at numerous venues nationally, including Theatre Three in Dallas, Abington Theatre, Manhattan Class Company, the RAW Space, the Village Gate, New Century Theatre, Chester Theatre Company, KO Theatre Works, and the August Company.
As one of the founders of both KO Theatre Festival and The August Company, Sheila has directed, acted, composed and written on more than 15 original plays. Notably, she worked with Peter Lobdell on his highly acclaimed play, Immunity, and with Liesel de Boor on her productions entitled OnWords: Gone, OnWords: Chekhov and OnWords: Terror.
At UMass, her productions include Othello, Some Asians, The Reincarnation of Jamie Brown and True West. She has been recently at work with librettist Harley Erdman and composer Eric Sawyer on their original opera, Garden of Martyrs, and actor Gilbert McCauley in Cormac McCarthy's Sunset Limited at New Century Theatre.
Her recent piece on Rwandan radio drama is in the Fall 2013 issue of Ecumenica: Journal of Theatre and Performance. Her original play about privatization of natural resources, entitled Water, was awarded the theatre for social justice award at the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival in 2009.
Sheila has served on the faculty at NYU's Stella Adler Conservatory, State University of New York in Oneonta and Central Connecticut State University and is a member of the Society of Stage Directors and Choreographers.