Shelley Souza trained as a theatre director in England before moving to America in 1981. She developed and staged new work by emerging and established playwrights for twenty years, in New York and California. She continues to work with playwrights.
Her work with actors and playwrights, together with her experience as a writer, facilitates her one-on-one and teaching work with new and advanced writers to put their voice on the page.
She wanted to be a playwright when she was young and wrote her first play at the age of nine, which she directed in her primary school. It was called The Land of Green Bacon (she had no idea there was a book called Green Eggs and Ham). Somewhat by accident, instead of becoming a playwright when she grew up, she became a theatre director.
She has ghostwritten four books, and the Times of India said of her tribute to her parents (a renowned Indian painter, and an haute couturiere), “An elegant image of the family so many years ago becomes the epitaph for the narrative that Shelley unravels for us with insight and deep sensitivity…She writes with an honesty that is rare and tender.”
Shelley holds an MFA in theatre directing and BA in English and American Literature and Theatre Studies.
She is a member of the Authors Guild and SCBWI, and lives with her Bengal cat Zuli Souza on the upper east side of Manhattan.