Shelli Pentimall Bookler

Playwright Lyricist

Shelli Pentimall Bookler holds an M.F.A. in Playwriting from Temple University and an M.A. in Theatre Arts from Eastern Michigan University. Productions of her full length plays include the musical Snyder v Phelps, based on the controversial Supreme Court decision in the case against the Westboro Baptist Church, Addicted about young adults in recovery for drug addiction, All the Dead Biddles, a dark comedy that takes a unique view of how we grieve after a significant loss, and Bird in the Window, the story of a young woman who develops an eating disorder after a traumatic event. Short plays featured in play festivals include  Committed (Montgomery Theatre, the Brick Playhouse), Decision (Village Players of Hatboro), Jugs (Colonial Playhouse), Global (Heartlande Theatre Company), and Vanity, featured in Seeds of Spring, A Night of Feminist Performance Art. She was the New American Voices Playwriting Series finalist (Pieces of the Pie), Midwest Dramatist Center’s Playwriting Conference finalist (The Interview), American Association of Community Theatre semi-finalist (Bird in the Window and Pieces of the Pie), and her play Captive was featured in Panglossian Production’s Weekend of Women Playwrighting Series in Williamsburg, Virginia. She is a member of The Dramatist Guild, Philadelphia Dramatist Center, and the Witherspoon Circle, a playwriting group based in Princeton, New Jersey, as well as an actor, director, dramaturg and choreographer in Philadelphia.

Highlights

Commission, Beacon Theatre, to write Under the Bonnet, a dramatic account of the life of Lucretia Mott

Publication, ArtAge Publications, Jugs

Publication, Feels Blind Literary Magazine, The Interview

Finalist, Dayton PlayFest 2019, Dayton, OH, On the Horizon  *Audience favorite award

Finalist, New American Voices, Landing Theatre, Houston, TX, Pieces of the Pie

Semi Finalist, Relative Theatrics, Playwrights Voiced, Laramie  WY, All the Dead Biddles

Semi Finalist, American Association of Community Theatre, Bird in the Window and Pieces of the Pie

Semi Finalist, Playfest, Orlando Shakes, Orlando, FL All the Dead Biddles

Quarter Finalist, Pick of the Vine Play Competition, Little Fish Theatre, Los Angeles, CA The Interview

Quarter Finalist, Traguna Productions, NYC, On theHorizon