Meet Kelli.

Nothing is inevitable. Everything is possible.

I believe in the power of art to teach us how to be more responsible for one another. Live performance brings us together in a room and asks us to sit alongside each other as we navigate the terrain of both the human psyche and our embodied, interconnected existence.  It equips us for living in our precarious present, imploring us to face other beings with greater courage and compassion. Theater offers us the chance to explore how we make meaning, learn to hold multiple truths simultaneously and act in solidarity with others: these values shape not only my artistic practice but also my research and pedagogy.


I am a collaborative and conceptual director and I enjoy incorporating a wide variety of artistic media into my creative work and design process. I love making theater in unconventional spaces and enjoy collaborating with other artists on environmental or site-specific pieces. 


I have 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. I've 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.


My current home base is Norman, OK.

Site Photo Credits:

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

Up Next...

[Performance X]

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


by Lynn Nottage


Live Arts Theater

*postponed due to COVID-19

directed by Adrienne Oliver

dramaturgy by Kelli Shermeyer

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