Eric Shelley is a native Hoosier and a graduate of Indiana University’s Theatre and Drama program. Spending twenty years based out of New York City and Los Angeles, he has had rewarding careers as both an actor and teacher and is thrilled about his “Bloomerang” status.
During his time at Indiana University, Eric performed in 17 theatrical productions, was a member of George Pinney’s Broadway Cabaret, was a three year participant of IU Sing, and was a five year member of Indiana University Singing Hoosiers, where he was a soloist, varsity dancer, and choreographer, as well as student manager in his last year. Through Singing Hoosiers, Eric had the privilege of performing at Carnegie Hall with Leslie Uggams and Lee Roy Reams and recording two albums with the Cincinnati Pops Orchestra, with whom he also performed in a PBS special, Cincinnati Pops Holiday with Mel Tormé.
After graduation, Eric was based out of New York City and worked as an actor throughout the United States, the Caribbean, and Europe. Some of his credits include Shortly After Takeoff, opposite Patricia Kalember (Harbor Theatre Company, NYC), Only a Lad (New York International Fringe Festival), Harold & Maude, opposite Pamela Meyers (Theatreworks Palo Alto, Dean Goodman Choice Award for Principal Performance in a Musical), Peter Pan (Asolo Repertory, Pioneer Theatre Company), Grease (European Tour), The Secret Garden (Fulton Opera House, Alabama Shakespeare Festival, Buffalo Studio Arena), Oliver! (Westchester Broadway Theatre, West Virginia Public Theatre, Gateway Playhouse), 1776 (Guyer Opera House), Disney Dreams, Hercules The Musical, Voyage of the Ghost Ship (Disney Cruise Line Theatricals). Most recently, Eric played the lead in Lost Letters, a new musical that premiered at Bloomington Playwrights Project. Film: Second Born. Web series: Absolution: The Series. Eric also served as dialect coach on several equity productions and is a proud member of Actors’ Equity Association since 2000.
As a Special Education teacher and Behavior Interventionist based out of Los Angeles, Eric co-founded STEM3 Academy, a project-based school catering to gifted students with Autism. He served as case manager, developed his own curriculum, facilitated student council, and taught a myriad of courses, including Algebra, Physics, Creative Writing, Introduction to Spanish, and World History. Eric was also the sole operator of an after school program that provided academic support for at-risk students attending The Help Group, a non-profit, non-public school for students with special needs. Eric has taught theatre arts in Fairview Elementary’s Artful Learning program, sponsored by Cardinal Stage Company. Currently, he is Managing Director of Bloomington Academy of Film & Theatre, where he also teaches acting and musical theatre performance. He is Director of Education for Bloomington Playwrights Project, and serves on The Singing Hoosiers Alumni Council, as well as the IU Theatre and Dance’s Theatre Circle Board.