Shelli Pentimall Bookler holds an M.F.A. in Playwriting from Temple University, an M.A. in Theatre Arts from Eastern Michigan University and studied directing at The Actor’s Studio at New School University in New York. Productions of her full length plays include the musical Snyder v Phelps, based on the controversial Supreme Court decision in the case against the Westboro Baptist Church, Addicted about young adults in recovery for drug addiction, All the Dead Biddles, a dark comedy that takes a unique view of how we grieve after a significant loss, and Bird in the Window, the story of a young woman who develops an eating disorder after a traumatic event. Short plays featured in play festivals include Committed (Montgomery Theatre, the Brick Playhouse), Decision (Village Players of Hatboro), Jugs (Colonial Playhouse), Global (Heartlande Theatre Company), and Vanity, featured in Seeds of Spring, A Night of Feminist Performance Art.
She was the New American Voices Playwriting Series finalist (Pieces of the Pie), Midwest Dramatist Center’s Playwriting Conference finalist (The Interview), American Association of Community Theatre semi-finalist (Bird in the Window and Pieces of the Pie), and her play Captive was featured this year in Panglossian Production’s Weekend of Women Playwrighting Series in Williamsburg.
She is a member of The Dramatist Guild, Philadelphia Dramatist Center, and the Witherspoon Circle, a playwriting group based in Princeton, New Jersey, as well as an actor, director, dramaturg and choreographer in Philadelphia.