After earning her degree in public relations at Marist College in Poughkeepsie, N.Y.,
Shelley started her professional career in the performing arts at the Hudson Valley
Shakespeare Festival in Garrison, N.Y. At the Bardavon Opera House in Poughkeepsie,
N.Y., Shelley spent a combined 12 years in the positions of box office manager, marketing
director, and operations manager. She also spent a year with Universal Studios Florida as
a production manager. For three years, Shelley served as general manager of the Ulster Performing
Arts Center in Kingston, N.Y. She came to Skidmore College as the concert and events
manager after spending two years working for the Lowes Corp.
With over 25 years of professional experience in the performing arts industry, Shawn
brings a wealth of expertise to the Arthur Zankel Music Center and Skidmore College.
Throughout his career he has served as production manager, technical director, lighting
and sound designer, and educator with a wide variety of performing arts organizations
and academic institutions.
Before to coming to Skidmore, Shawn divided his time between the Riverwalk Center in Breckenridge, Colorado, and the International School Bangkok, Thailand, which has been his home for the past seven years. Prior to that he was the production manager/technical director at the Gallagher-Bluedorn Performing Arts Center at the University of Northern Iowa. This was preceded by stints with the Joyce Theatre in New York, Feld Ballets N.Y., the University of Massachusetts-Amherst, American Players Theatre in Spring Green, Wisconsin, and numerous dance companies in the Midwest and New York City, to name a few.
Shawn is originally from Minnesota, and has a bachelor of arts degree in theatre from the University of Minnesota-Morris. Joining him here are his wife Jennifer and daughter Jolynn. While he certainly misses seeing palm trees or snow-capped peaks when he looks out his window, Shawn has quickly grown fond of his current vista of maple trees and cheeky squirrels.