Shirley Serotsky

Dramaturgical Respondent
Shirley Serotsky has been a director, dramaturg, artistic leader, educator and programmer in the Washington, DC area since 2001. Between 2008-2016 she served in a series of leadership positions (including Interim Artistic Director for the 2015-2016 season) at Theater J, a professional theatre company committed to producing timely, and often politically-charged, new plays and revivals. During her time at Theater J, Shirley was an integral part of season planning, public programming, casting, artistic oversight, future visioning, budgeting, and producing for eight mainstage seasons with 7-8 full productions and 2-3 festivals per year. Previous to that, she served as the New Works Coordinator for Catalyst Theatre Company and she was a founding member and producer for Bouncing Ball Theatrical Productions. Shirley has taught and mentored students from the age of six to eighty-six in the fields of directing, acting, improvisation, dramaturgy, play analysis, theatre appreciation, new play development and auditioning techniques in both a classroom setting (extra-curricular and at the University level) and for resident theatre education programs.