Shelby Ferrin

Academy Director

“Anything you do, let it come from you. Then it will be new.” -Sunday in the Park with George
I was involved in theatre before I knew what it was, or even that there was anything else one could be “into.” My father taught high school theatre for 42 years and directed hundreds of productions throughout the state, so my earliest memories are of watching rehearsals and running around scenic platforms. I also played one of Medea’s children as a preschooler, and if you know how that story ends for the kids, you will understand why the memory has stayed with me!

Despite this early introduction to the arts, I resisted performing until a girl in high school heard me sing and gave me a compliment, and from that moment forward I clung tenaciously to the thing that seemed to attract the most attention from girls. It wasn’t until adulthood that I began to realize how much joy, healing, and human connection theatre offered. Particularly after I began directing, theatre inspired me to be a better man and help others find themselves.

I came to CPT as an actor in 2014 and began directing on the main stage in 2019. Every project I’ve worked on has changed me for the better, but I count playing as Tateh in Ragtime and directing Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat at CPT among the most profound, healing experiences I’ve ever had. I consider myself incredibly blessed to work with the Academy’s gifted children and generous instructors.

I seem to enjoy hobbies that involve doing ordinary things the hard way – you’ll often find me baking artisan sourdough, smoking delicious meats, and cultivating bonsai trees. In all parts of my life, I just want to create beauty and make the world a little better.