Interim Artistic Director
Shari has been with Theatre Calgary since 2007 as Literary Manager, Artistic Associate and, most recently, Associate Artistic Director. As a senior member of the artistic staff, she has had a leading role in Theatre Calgary’s programing and five-year artistic vision, as well as the expansion of education and outreach (interACTive) programs.
As curator of FUSE: The Enbridge New Play Development Program, she has overseen the creative development of seven new play premieres at Theatre Calgary: W.O. Mitchell’s Jake and the Kid, Skydive, Beyond Eden (co-production with Vancouver Playhouse), Lost – A Memoir, A Christmas Carol, Pride and Prejudice (co-production with the National Arts Centre) and Liberation Days (co-production with Western Canada Theatre). She has also worked as production dramaturg for The Crucible, The Great Gatsby and Tosca Café, assistant director for Enron, co-adaptor and dramaturg for King Lear (co-production with Bard on the Beach) and Much Ado About Nothing, and adaptor of the Shakespeare by the Bow productions of Romeo and Juliet and Hamlet. Prior to joining Theatre Calgary, Shari was Resident Dramaturg at Alberta Playwrights’ Network where she also coordinated and edited the publication of Theatre 100.
Over more than 25 years as a professional director, producer, dramaturg and actor, Shari has worked with a wide variety of companies including Bard on the Beach, Vertigo Theatre, Alberta Theatre Projects, Theatre Calgary, Stage West, Lunchbox Theatre, Forte Musical Theatre, Blacklist Theatre Project, Quest Theatre, Swallow-A-Bicycle, Shadow Productions and Dirty Laundry – Calgary’s improvised soap-opera. Most recently, Shari directed the premiere of Book Club at Lunchbox Theatre. She is a member of the Literary Managers and Dramaturgs of America and a graduate of the University of Calgary.