Meet Kelli.

Nothing is inevitable. Everything is possible.

Kelli Shermeyer (she/her/hers) is a seasoned theater director, teaching artist, and creative collaborator committed to helping people tell powerful, transformational stories. She currently teaches playwriting, dramaturgy, and classes on theater and social change, and mentors artist-apprentices at the University of Oklahoma. Kelli brings a rich knowledge of contemporary drama from her PhD training, as well as expertise in developing robust community partnerships from her time leading public humanities initiatives at the University of Virginia and elsewhere. Her creative practice centers on cultivating intellectual curiosity alongside a love of play. She digs loud music, shadow puppets, and working in found spaces.


She has directed with, produced work by, or dramaturged for Bree Luck, Julie Hamberg, Marianne Kubik, Jeremy Duncan Pape, Betsy Rudelich Tucker, Ray Nedzel, and Lisa Devine, and enjoyed the mentorship of Sandy Robbins and other members of the University of Delaware's Resident Ensemble Players. Kelli has also worked for the American High School Theatre Festival/International Collegiate Festival supporting high schools and colleges as they bring their productions to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. She is also a co-convenor of the Ecology & Performance Working Group of the American Society for Theater Research (with Ashley Chang and Antonia Krueger) and co-directors the yearly flash play festival at the International Conference for the Fantastic in the Arts (with Carrie J. Cole).


Kelli's current home base is Norman, OK.

Site Photo Credits:

Pernmoot/Martyn Kyle, Will Kerner, Kelley van Dilla, Jesus Pino Photography

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devised by Kelli Shermeyer & Megan Hillary, with company members

* in development, performance postponed due to COVID-19

funded in part by the Mellon Global South Lab in Performance Cultures & Embodied Creative Practices

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