An arts community in downtown San Francisco.
The Shelton Theater, founded in 1993 by Matt Shelton, is an extension of the (Jean) Shelton Studios founded in 1961. The theater hosts live performances of musicals, narrative plays, improv, poetry, solo performances, and concerts. Film screenings and contemporary fine art are exhibited as well. We provide artists with the creative respect they need and a venue within which to observe their works. There are two intimate venues of 74 and 60 seats. Literally thousands of performing artists have created works here and the energy of those creations gives the theaters an atmosphere of truth and power. Many have revealed the aches of their heart and the strength of their imagination on these stages. The main producing organization is the Shelton Studios.
Matt Shelton (Artistic Director)
Amanda Gerard-Shelton (Managing Director)
Julie Dimas-Lockfeld (Associate Artistic Director)
Since 1993 here is a partial list of events the Shelton Studios has produced in the Shelton Theater:
Edmond by David Mamet directed by Matt Shelton
Marat/Sade by David Weiss directed by Matt Shelton
Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? by Albee directed by Bruce Mackey
The Adding Machine by Elmer Rice directed by Jean Shelton
Luv by Murray Schisgal directed by Jean Shelton
Glengarry Glen Ross by David Mamet directed by Jean Shelton
The Crucible by Arthur Miller directed by Jean Shelton
A View From The Bridge by Arthur Miller directed by Jean Shelton
Sexual Perversity in Chicago by Mamet directed by Matt Shelton
Adulto Orgasmo by Dario Fo directed by Matt Shelton
The Skin Of Our Teeth by Wilder directed by Jean Shelton
The Big Funk by John Patrick Shanley directed by Matt Shelton
Spoon River Anthology by Masters directed by Matt Shelton
The Marriage by Gogol directed by Oleg Liptsin
The Cherry Orchard by Chekhov directed by Oleg Liptsin
American Buffalo by Mamet directed by Jean Shelton
Indigo Don’t Vote by Gabriel Goldstein directed by Matt Shelton
Beyond Therapy by Chris Durang directed by Jean Shelton
The Elephant Man by Pomerance directed by Oleg Liptsin
Private Wars by James McClure directed by Richard Harder
This is How it Goes by Neil LaBute directed by Matt Shelton
The Living Corpse by Tolstoi directed by Oleg Liptsin
Three Tall Women by Albee directed by Luis Oropeza
California Suite by Neil Simon directed by Julie Dimas-Lockfeld
Closer by Patrick Marber directed by Matt Shelton
Speed The Plow by Mamet directed by Matt Shelton
Abundance by Beth Henley directed by Julie Dimas-Lockfeld
La Ronde by Albert Schnitzer directed by Julie Dimas-Lockfeld
Savage in Limbo by J.P. Shanley directed by Julie Dimas-Lockfeld
Golden Boy by Clifford Odets directed by Matt Shelton
Three Sisters by Chekhov directed by Oleg Liptsin
Bobby Gould in Hell by Mamet directed by Matt Shelton
Beyond Therapy by Chris Durang directed by Matt Shelton
The Rainmaker by N. Richard Nash directed by Julie Dimas-Lockfeld
God of Carnage by Yasmina Reza directed by Lisa Drostova
Films by Joe Graham, Ben Gilbert, Rob Nilsson, Lourdes Portilio, Yuri Tsapayev, and Kindrid Parker.
Fine Art exhibit- Art Underground with Cedric Wentworth and Chester Arnold. Poetry by Timothy Trygg
Partial list of noted Bay Area artists whom have performed/exhibited here:
Jean Shelton-is an actor/director/teacher and founder of the Shelton Studios was considered one of the finest acting teachers in the country. Students included Francis Ford Coppla, Danny Glover, JE Freeman, Scott Paulin, Howard Hesseman, Lordes Portillio, Rob Epstein, Jim Wilson, Bruce Mackey, Chris Phillips, Catherine Castellanos, Luis Saguar, Luis Oropeza, Terry Zwigoff and countless other theater and film artists. Her contribution to the theater and film community in the Bay Area has been extraordinary as many of her students when on to create theater and film companies in NY, Los Angeles, and throughout the Bay Area. She was recently hailed by writer Horton Foote as a gifted actress when she performed in A Trip To Bountiful at the age of 80 to his delight. She has acted, directed, and taught consistently since 1947 and has remained an inspiration and mentor to all who have been fortunate to know her.
Robert Elross (1922-2004) was an actor, director, and musician whom founded many important arts organizations in the Bay Area. Mastered Dave Brubecks first album in 47′ in the Oakland Hills. Allowed an unknown aspiring comic named Woody Allen to be his roommate in North Beach. Directed the West Coast premiere of Arthur Millers, The Crucible, for the SF Actors Workshop (founders of the Lincoln Center in NY), Gave Bill Graham his first producing job selling theater tickets in Sausalito, along with his wife Jean Shelton, he trained Danny Glover, founded the 14th Street arts center in the Mission District in 1961 with Beatnik poet/priest Pierre De Lattre, Established the role of Howard Hughes for Sam Shepard at the Magic Theater in 1979. His passing was marked by the San Francisco Chronicle as one of the most important persons to pass on in 2004 from the Bay Area Community. A gifted character actor he performed on Broadway, in major feature films, and on television. To watch him act live was extraordinary. Filmmaker Rob Nilsson captured a bit of his magic in his film Signal 7. He was without question an extraordinary actor/director/artist.
Luis Oropeza- was a company member of A.C.T. where he performed in many memorable performances in the 1980′s including Golden Boy and The Cherry Orchard. He trained with Jean Shelton, The Mime Troupe, and taught at the Shelton Studios. An inspired actor and friend.
Bruce Mackey- a New York actor and director having worked at the Actors Repertory Theater with Wendell Phillips in New York before coming to San Francisco in the 1960′ where he worked at the Magic Theater among other theaters locally. A gifted actor and friend.
Chris Phillips- son to Jean and the great Wendell Phillips, and founder of the Actors Theatre of San Francisco. An extraordinary actor/director considered one of the best actors in the area currently.
Lourdes Portillio- filmmaker of heroic documentary films. Alumni of the Shelton Studios.
J.E. Freeman-an actor having worked with Cohen Brothers and David Lynch among others.
Oleg Liptsin-an actor/director from Ukraine; founder of the International Theatre Ensemble and considered one of the leading avant-garde directors today. Faculty at the Shelton Studios.
Luis Saquar-an actor/director/teacher from the Mission district who trained with Jean Shelton and went on to become a founding member of the famed Campo Santo theater group. He has worked in films opposite Robert De Niro and Phillip Seymour Hoffman.
Linda Ayres-Frederick- an actor/director/writer/teacher and founder of the Phoenix Theater in San Francisco.
Julie Dimas-Lockfeld-an actor/director from the Stage Group Theater led by Wendell Phillips. Extraordinary actor, director, teacher, healer. Faculty at the Shelton Studios.
Catherine Castellanos- an actor/director/teacher who trained with Jean Shelton and was a company member at the Actors Theater of San Francisco and is currently a company member of Campo Santo. Considered one of the best actresses in the Bay Area currently. Faculty at the Shelton Studios.
Bill English-an actor/director who trained with Jean Shelton and is the founder of the SF Playhouse in San Francisco.
Morris Bobrow- veteran actor/director/writer has produced numerous original revue shows to wide critical acclaim. Continues to produce at the theater.
Cedric Wentworth-master painter/sculptor exhibited “woman in a box” which was immediately purchased by the Oakland Museum after being exhibited at the Shelton Theater. His works are held by numerous museums and important collectors throughout the state.