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A little about me
I am a New York City based Producer and Arts Consultant specializing in artistic & project goal achievement.
Chelsey Shannon has worked extensively in the arts as a producer, production consultant and non-profit Director over the span of her theater career. Her most prominent leadership role in the theater community has been that of Co-Founder and Director of The New York Children's Theater Festival, a non-profit supporting artists as they develop new theater for young audiences. As Festival Director, Chelsey produced and curated the festival which included overseeing more than 15 full scale TYA productions over 5 years. As a producer, Chelsey has had the pleasure of working on numerous theater projects over the years including the critically acclaimed comedy Walken on Sunshine (Executive Producer), which debuted at the 2016 New York International Fringe Festival and won the "Theatermania Audience Favorite Award";and Character (Associate Producer) part of Prospect Theater Company's Dark Night series. She has also worked as a Producing Associate with Gables Grove Productions alongside John Tartaglia and Michael Shawn Lewis, working on various projects including Re-Usable the Musical (The Bronx Zoo) and productions for Royal Caribbean and Carnival Cruise Lines. As a consultant, Chelsey has worked with The 14th St Y helping to grow their Family Theater Program; C Squared Entertainment consulting with various artists and projects including Layer The Walls (Grand Pistachio), The Amazing Max and Something In This Wolrd (New Victory Labworks); 3C Consulting as a grassroots marketing consultant on the Off-Broadway show The Independents; and Harridan Productions, as a development and
grant consultant. Chelsey continues to work as a consultant to individual artists, theater companies and producers. Chelsey holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Theater from Point PArk University and is a proud memberof the Actors Equity Association.
Working with me...
First, I'd like you to know who I am. I’m an artist, a writer, a producer; I’m a mom (of two very creative kids) and I am someone who believes first hand in the power of storytelling and the desperate need our world has for it, now more than ever. I work with artists, writers, producers, production companies and those that create the art that make us feel. It is challenging to navigate the business side of the arts and I am here to guide, support and make sure your goals are achieved with greatness, however you may define that.
Clients & Productions
"I have worked with Chelsey Shannon as both business partner and employer, and have witnessed first hand the exceptional abilities she possesses as both a leader and team member. As business partners, Chelsey and I were two of the co-founders of the New York Children’s Theater Festival, a 501(c)3 organization created to support artists on their developmental paths. Her strong research and development skills brought forward a number of sponsorship, grants (including a grant from Walt Disney Entertainment) and partnership opportunities, which from her follow-through and maintenance proved to be structural foundations for the Festival. With the large scope of presentation and coordination involved in putting on a festival of this size, organization, attention to detail and her inane ability to multi-task have been attributes of hers that we have benefited from greatly.
Within a very short time of watching Chelsey’s ability to oversee, delegate, and communicate, it was clear to me that I wanted her to join my staff at Gables Grove Productions as a Producing Coordinator. While working at Gables Grove, she showed strong understanding in contractual negotiations, organization and implementation of strict timelines, and the vital concept of financial structure. Our production company has benefited from having Chelsey a part of the team. I have found Chelsey to be an outstanding colleague, collaborator and leader. Her demeanor is upbeat and positive and her tone is confident and caring." ~ Michael Shawn Lewis, Producer & Founder Gables Grove Productions
"As an actor, writer, and producer, I have worked with Chelsey Shannon on several projects. Most recently, she served as a consultant on a piece I was directing. Not only did she bring fresh ideas to the table about the presentation but also proposed ways to get the best quality exposure possible. Her guidance and advice have been instrumental in the success of each project. She brings a fresh eye and knowledge of trending ideas to everything. Whether providing support with a critical eye toward small details or exploring the bigger picture, Chelsey excels at zeroing in on creative solutions. As production gets closer to public scrutiny she focuses on the storytelling by asking smart questions to help fine tune each project. Her keen and vibrant advice have particularly come into play with marketing and publicity, whether finding placement for advertising or getting an impeccable press release to an appropriate news outlet. She is definitely a Jill-of-all-Trades. But perhaps the best part of working with Chelsey is her good spirit and positive outlook in guiding each project to be successful. She knows what she’s talking about and you would be smart to listen to her ideas. They are clear, concise and considered, and presented in a progressive approach." ~ John Robert Tillotson, Actor, Writer & Producer