School of Theatre, Television and Film


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Shelley Orr

Assistant Professor, Director of the MA in Theatre Arts

Critical Studies, Dramaturgy, Theatre History

Office: DA 213


Shelley Orr is a dramaturg and theatre scholar, specializing in 20th and 21st century theatre. She has a BS in Performance Studies from Northwestern University, an MFA in Dramaturgy from UCSD, and a PhD in Theatre from the UCI/UCSD joint program. She has taught at Washington University in St. Louis and the University of Arizona.

Her professional credits include dramaturging for Mo`olelo Theatre Company, the San Diego Rep, and The Playwrights’ Center in Minneapolis. She dramaturged Marguerite Duras’s Savannah Bay at New York’s Classic Stage Company, directed by Les Waters and starring Kathleen Chalfant. She dramaturged Beckett’s Happy Days, directed by Robert Woodruff at La Jolla Playhouse; this production had a run at PS 122 in New York.

She co-edited a collection of essays entitled Performance and the City (2009). Her current book project is on the theatre of Marguerite Duras. Her publications have appeared in Theatre Journal, Theatre Topics, TheatreForum, American Theatre, Theatron, and Paroles gelees. She has presented at the annual meetings of ASTR and ATHE. Orr serves on the Board of the international organization LMDA, Literary Managers and Dramaturgs of the Americas.

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