Apr 19, 2012 - Apr 29, 2012


Among all creatures on this earth, art is a uniquely human activity. In THE SHELTER PRESENTS: ART, four playwrights track the journey of the artist and examine art’s role in the human experience. This exploration spans time and genres, and in true Shelter style, produces a seamless blend of comedy and drama.

ART also introduced a spectrum of art spanning multiple disciplines. The Shelter invited a featured artist to each performance, both to display a gallery of work, as well as to create an original work upon a blank canvass during the performance. The artists included: Aaron Armelin, Anna Bradfield, Ben DeVoe, Nathan Eckenrode, Brandon Hardy, Adam Ludwig, Jebidiah Long, Lauren Nickon, Benny Palanco, Alley Scott, Rebecca Volinsky. In addition to these featured artists, performance art designed and performed by Melinda Smart was woven between plays.


Written by Michael Sean McGuinness, Directed by Catya McMullen, Assistant Director Alexis Davis, Fight Director Teel James Glenn, Costume Designer Charlotte Lily Gaspard, Featuring Alec A. Head, Chris Cardona, Andy Hassell and Tanya Verafield

Mark Makes Art

Written by Meghan E. Jones, Directed by Paco Lozano, Assistant Director Emily Robin Fink, Featuring Beth Jastroch and Dave Lankford

Robot Girl

Written by Michael Bernstein, Directed by Bath Jastroch, Assistant Director Morgan McGuire, Featuring Olivia Killingsworth

This is a Play About Artists

Written by Ginger Kearns, Directed by Nicole Rosner, Assistant Director Stephanie Ringstaff, Choreographer Dani Vialpando, Featuring Ian Bell, Ginger Kearns, Michael Kingsbaker and the Art Ensemble

Creative Team

  • Technical Director: Jonathan Ashley
  • Stage Manager: Andrew Slater
  • Scenic Design Associate: Brandon Hardy
  • Lighting Design: Jake Fine
  • Sound Design: Andy Evan Cohen



  • Though there’s plenty of variety to be found in the Shelter’s anthology of thematically linked one-acts, the entries are alike in the high caliber of their performances and the directors’ and designers’ creative use of the Flamboyan Theater’s three-quarter round stage.

    Ethan Kanfer, Show Business Weekly
  • Salient insights... well thought-out... attentively written.

    Mitch Montgomery, BackStage
  • Dark, and tragic, yet cleverly humorous. Very... artsy.

    Karen D’Onofrio, Electronic Link Journal