Shualee Cook – Playwright, Composer, Lyricist

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December 20th, 2022

Last week I had an absolute dream of a private reading of my play Cercle Hermaphroditos in New York City, spearheaded by the Breaking The Binary Theatre Festival. Directed by and starring the incomparable L Morgan Lee, it was hands-down one of the most lovely and inspiring groups of folks I’ve had the pleasure to work with. Just an incredible cast and leadership team. It’s the first time I’ve heard the play in-person since 2019, and finally hearing it back up to pace with no virtual platform lag in such finely wrought performances was a thrill. BTB founder George Strus has created an amazingly warm, supportive space for artists. I felt truly taken care of on this project in a way that I rarely find. If you have a chance to work with them, jump at it! And here’s hoping this isn’t the last time the smiling folks below get together to work on this play!



November 4th, 2022

I kept forgetting to post this, but no longer! Here’s a lovely chat me and my amazing collaborators Theo Motzenbacker and Dean Grosbard had with Quinn from the All the Genders podcast, focused on my play Cercle Hermaphroditos. There’s some other exciting stuff going on around the play that I’ll hopefully be able to officially announce soon! Stay tuned!


September 21, 2022

I’m off on a new adventure – I just settled into a 3 month artist’s residency with the Helene Wurlitzer Foundation in Taos, New Mexico. I have both a play and a musical – each mid-process – that I’m hoping to finish in my time here. I’ve also been meeting some other lovely artists, working in several different disciplines. It promises to be a really fruitful rejuvenating time. Here’s my cute little casita I’m living and working in:



June 4th, 2022

This coming Tuesday, I’m jumping into a two week workshop for my play And Certain Women with the St. Louis Shakespeare Festival, under the direction of the incredible Chika Ike! We worked together on a reading of my play Sunset Artists of the American West in 2018, and I’m so excited to be back in a rehearsal room working with her on this new one! You can check out her previous work here:


April 16th, 2022

Lately I’ve realized that I don’t really have much video of my past work up on my website, so here’s a trailer for a 45 minute workshop production of my musical Osgood Rex that we did ages ago. Still available for world premiere of the full version! For all its wackadoodle-ness, it’s a script that’s a lot more personal than it may look, and is still very close to my heart. Would love to revisit it again:

Trailer by the incomparable Beth Ashby!


April 13th, 2022

Sadly, the NY Classical reading of Cercle that was scheduled for yesterday ended up being cancelled due to illness. We’re hoping to reschedule soon. But luckily, I have some good news to share about that play as well – Cercle Hermaphroditios is a finalist for this year’s Bay Area Playwrights Festival! I’ve been a semi-finalist for BAPF two years in a row, so it was a good feeling to make it another step forward in their process this year. They’ll be announcing the five plays appearing in the festival in May. Here’s the full list of finalists and semi-finalists:


April 3rd, 2022

The last few months have had a lot of things going on behind the scenes, but in a “hurry up and wait” sort of way. Lots of plans in the offing, some promising leads that may or may not come to fruition in this unpredictable time, but not much I can talk about yet. There are a few things, though, that are making their way into the light, finally! Coming up on Tuesday, April 12th, NY Classical will be having a reading of my play Cercle Hermaphroditos as part of their New Visions program. If you’re in the New York City area, you can still make reservations here: