Faculty at the School of Arts and Humanities

Shelby Allison Hibbs

Clinical Assistant Professor

Area:  DRAM
Areas of Specialization:  Directing, Playwriting, Acting

Office:  JO 4.628
Office Hours:  M: 9-10 , T: 2-4 , W: 9-10 , Th: 2-4
Mail Station:  JO 31
Email:  [email protected]
Phone:  972-883-6054

In the classes I teach, students learn to find their own voice, what inspires them, and how to unfold their future artistic path. As a part of the theatre faculty, I'm eager to mentor students to find their creative interests, whether through playwriting, acting, or directing. I am still very much involved with professional theatre in Dallas and elsewhere, and I look for opportunities to connect students to professional work. My work in Dallas ranges from feminist theatre, Shakespeare, creative dramatics, immersive performance to devised theatre. I enjoy working on new plays and scripts that allow for significant creative freedom. My plays have won the DFW Critics Forum Award and the Steven Lovett Award for Outstanding New Work. I am currently a member of Echo Theatre, Dead White Zombies, Cry Havoc Theatre and Dallas Theater Center's Playwright's Workshop.

My research focuses include creative dramatics (developmental theatre for children), youth theatre pedagogy, immersive theatre, and new play development.
My writings on these can be found in Texas Theatre Journal, HowlRound, and Theater Jones.

The most important skill that any future theatre artist can learn is collaboration. I encourage students to find their voice as an active participant in creative discussions, giving and receiving feedback in meaningful ways. I encourage students to articulate their observations critically and thoughtfully.
I enjoy developing new plays/performances, and I hope to mentor students in developing their own work.

Before joining the team at UTD, I was a freelance artist in Dallas and an adjunct at Mountain View College. I worked with many theatre companies here including: Echo Theatre, Dead White Zombies, Cry Havoc Theatre, WaterTower Theatre, Nouveau47, Shakespeare Dallas, Dallas Children's Theatre, and Capers for Kids. Before moving to Dallas, I lived in New York and worked on various projects for: The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey, The Berkshire Theatre Group, Slant Theatre Project, CollaborationTown, Target Margin Theatre, Edge in Motion, Adrienne Westwood, and Robert Wilson. I received my MFA in Directing from Baylor University.

Work Samples and Publications: 

Thumbnails from: Big Love, The Skin of Our Teeth, mania/gift, Metamorphoses, and Machinal


Baylor University, MFA
Ouachita Baptist University BA

Curriculum Vitae:  Shelby Allison Hibbs's CV

Website(s):  Portfolio