Shelley Stolaroff Segal is a playwright, actor, composer, and essayist living in Greensboro, North Carolina. My Son, her play about autism and race, premiered in New York City in 2010 and was presented as a TED talk at TEDx East in NYC. It won recognition in the New Works of Merit International Playwriting Competition and continues to tour. The Road to Empathy, Segal’s mash-up of My Son and Driving Miss Daisy was recently presented as a TED talk at TEDxGreensboro. Bliss, her play about marriage, premiered at the Broach Theater in Greensboro, NC and her satire, Bucking Political Stars, was presented by the Greensboro Fringe Festival. She performed her one-woman show, Sidney in Focus, in Houston, San Diego, and Chicago. Sidney Gets Married and Sidney Moves to Terre Haute completed the series, which she choreographed and directed.
Other full-length productions include Not Strictly Vaudeville and Outing Your Autistic Child, which she wrote, scored and choreographed. NC productions include all-female variety shows she produced to benefit the Female Artist Collective. Recently, Segal was honored to create the character of Barb in the world premiere of Shades of Valor, written by Karen Lewis and performed in Winston-Salem, NC.
Segal’s international/ regional stage credits include performances at the Bloomsbury Theatre in London, the Classic Stage Company in NYC, the North Coast Repertory Company in San Diego, and the Main Street Theater in Houston, TX.
Segal has worked in radio, TV, and film, and taught acting to both children and adults. In addition to directing children’s theater, she created a classical storytelling series for disadvantaged children in Terre Haute, IN.
Her music has been published in conjunction with the Miles Davis Jazz Orchestra in Greensboro and used in short films and original plays.
Anthologies include Voices from the Spectrum, Cup of Comfort/Autism, Chicken Soup for the Soul, and Multiples Illuminated. Poetry and non-fiction credits include A Quiet Courage, The Washington Post, Blunt Moms, Midlife Boulevard, Autism Speaks, and Autism/Asperger’s Digest. She trained at the London Drama Studio and the CSC Theater in New York City, and received her English degree at The University of North Carolina/Chapel Hill.
I’m interested in psychology, sociology, social history, relationships, and The Other. (I’m also interested in Politics and Religion but I don’t dare . . . ) I enjoy firing off my mouth in an Engaging, Educational and Entertaining way. I am an ENFP with ADD married to an INTJ. I like cats, clogging, composing, eating, TCM, oddities, artifacts, Gothic horror stories, old dolls, and world history. I have a twitter page but I don’t tweet. I have a Linkedin page but I haven’t filled it all out yet. I have a FB page but I haven’t filled it all out yet.
Despite my background my blog isn’t a one-woman talk show–I welcome your thoughts, ideas, and commentary.