Sheila Regan is an arts critic and writer as well as a theater artist, based in Minneapolis. Her byline has appeared in numerous U.S. publications, including Hyperallergic, Salon, Vice, American Photo Magazine, Arts Asia Pacific, Pacific Standard, Splinter, and she is currently a regular dance critic at the Star Tribune. Last year, she had the opportunity to work with a mentor, Rachel Corbett, through the Arts Writers program run by the Andy Warhol Foundation. She also has an MFA in theater.
Sheila's interests as an arts writer include examining issues of access and diversity, the role of arts institutions in today's digital culture, and supporting and critiquing artists that look to push genres, mingle disciplines and deconstruct form.
As an actress, Sheila has performed with theaters in Minneapolis such as Theatre de la Jeune Lune, Savage Umbrella and Nightpath Theatre Company. In Chicago, she worked with Red Moon Theatre as a performer and building puppets. She has also acted in many independent film projects, including the works of James Fotopoulos, whose films has been shown at the Vienna Biennale and MoMA. In addition, she been a featured actor in television programs for the History and Biography channels.
Sheila's plays have been selected twice for Red Eye Theater’s Works in Progress festival, and have been chosen to be part of Artery 2012 at the Soap Factory, the Outlet Performance Festival as part of Artists in Storefronts. In Chicago, she was a part of the Experimental Theatre Festival as well as the Around the Coyote Festival. Her play "The Exhibit" won the Panelist Choice Award at the Last Frontier Theater Conference in Valdez, Alaska. Her most recent play, "Goodlife Pharmacomm Merger and Product Launch" was presented at the Outlet Performance Festival in Minneapolis, the ATHE conference, at the University of the Pacific.
I am a freelance arts writer and critic based in the Twin Cities. Coming from a theater background, I began writing about theater, followed by visual art and dance, starting in 2008. I have an MFA in Acting and still practice theater, but my primary career has become writing about the arts scene in the Twin Cities.
I have a variety of interests as an arts writer, but am particularly drawn to work that incorporates social critique and work that strives to embrace under-represented voices. I also am drawn to work that causes involuntary reactions in my body.
As a theater-maker, I am a sucker for a good story, though the things I'm in tend to veer away from straight narrative. I love to act and don't get to do it as much as I wish.