Professor of Performance

Shelley Delaney


Shelley Delaney is an actor and director.She has acted at theaters across the country including: The Cincinnati Playhouse, McCarter Theatre, Bay Street Theatre, Victory Gardens (Joseph Jefferson nomination for Free Man of Color), GeVa, Cleveland Play House, and many others. She has premiered new work at the New York Shakespeare Festival’s Plays in Process, La Mama, Ensemble Studio Theatre, Circle Rep Lab, HERE the Ohio Theater and The Women in Theater Festival. In the past three years, she has played Tammy Faye Baker inTammy Faye’s Final Audition at five different venues. Shelley’s film work includes Radio Days, and the independent feature films Claire in Motion, Thou Wast Mild and Lovely (Berlinale 2014) and Hero Tomorrow.

Her directing credits include the world premiere of The Surrogate by Patricia Cotter at Centenary Stage Company, The Cake at Tantrum Theater, multiple productions at the Monomoy Theatre, Brick Monkey Theater Ensemble and the 78th Street Theater Lab/Drilling Company in NYC; as well as Solo Arts, PSNBC and HBO/Aspen Comedy Festival.

Delaney heads the Performance Area at the Ohio University School of Theater and has directed a range of plays encompassing classics and new work at OU. She also teaches the Bootcamp Acting course for 1st-Year MFA Film students, serves on many film thesis committees, and acts as a liaison between the Theater and Film Schools.


  • MFA in Acting from Rutgers University

  • BA in Speech/Theater/English from Marietta College


  • Special Topics in Theatre Arts: MFA Film Students