Shelley Virginia is an actor and teaching artist based in Anchorage, Alaska who approaches every role with an eye toward physical storytelling and heightened emotional truth. Recent acting credits include Woman in Not Medea, a New Play Network Rolling World Premiere with Perseverance Theatre, Ariel in The Tempest, in which she incorporated low flying trapeze, Queen Margaret in R3, Portland Experimental Theatre Ensembles radical re-imagining of Richard III, Mama in Distracted by Lisa Loomer, Lulu in Lulu by Frank Wedekind, Young Woman/Helen Jones in Machinal by Sophie Treadwell, Harlowe in Harlowe by Jenny Lane, Irina and Masha in Three Sisters by Anton Chekhov, the Princess of France in Love’s Labour’s Lost by William Shakespeare and Heavenly Finley in Tennessee Williams’ Sweet Bird of Youth. Recent film credits include lead roles in the short films The Second Coming and Agatha Gone.
Shelley has also had the opportunity to be a part of the developing of a number of original ensemble-generated pieces including deCOMPOSITION which premiered in New York under the mentorship of Anne Bogart and the direction of Jess K. Smith before touring to Seattle and EDIT, a piece based on the writings of Franz Kafka. She has also had the pleasure of working with playwrights on new works including Harlowe, The Girl with the Spun Gold Hair both by Jenny Lane, Baltimore by James Ryan Caldwell, and Three Days by Erin Moughon.
As an educator Shelley has worked with students from pre-school up through the University level. She has served as a teaching artist under President Obama’s Turnaround Arts initiative and worked with a wide array of students from varied backgrounds and life situations.
She holds a BA in Journalism from Georgia State University and an MFA in theatre from Columbia University, where she study with, among others, Kristin Linklater, Anne Bogart, Olympia Dukakis, Andrei Serban, Larry Singer, Roco Sisto and Niky and Ulla Wolcz.
Shelley recently shot a GCI commercial with Spawn Ideas and is currently collaborating on an experimental short film
Shelley offers professional acting classes, workshops and coaching in Anchorage, Alaska. Contact her to find out more!