Professor & Chair Emeritus
M.A., English, University of Chicago; Chair Emeritus; Department Chair from 1980-2009, Artistic Consultant to The Second City and Steppenwolf Theatre, author of The Second City: Backstage at the World's Greatest Comedy Theater & No Legs, No Jokes, No Chance: A History of the American Musical. Member of the Gift Theatre Ensemble, recipient of two Joseph Jefferson Awards (one for Directing, one for contributions to Chicago theatre). Writing credits include screenplays Loving (Irvin Kirshner), The Magician of Lublin (Menachem Golan), and My Bodyguard (Tony Bill). Stage writing credits include Bernstein's Candide, Ansky's The Dybbuk, and Brecht's The Caucasian Chalk Circle and The Good Person of Setzuan, Puttin' on the Ritz: An Evening of Irving Berlin Songs, Listen to My Song:An Evening of Kurt Weill Songs, Falling in Love with Love: An Evening of Richard Rodgers Songs, and Chekhov's Ivanov. Directing credits include Waiting for Lefty, Twelfth Night, Sexual Perversity in Chicago, I'm Not Rappaport, Prelude to a Kiss, The Heidi Chronicles, Long Day's Journey into Night, Uncle Vanya, The Glass Menagerie, and Volpone. Sheldon also has over thirty opera directing credits. Teaching credits include Acting, Directing, Comedy, Improvisation, Camera Techniques, and American Musical Theater History classes at Columbia College since 1980, Acting & Improvisation at the Lyric Opera Center from 1996-2006, Acting & Improvisation at the Steppenwolf Summer Workshop (current), Second City Improvisation, Acting, and Directing workshops since 1963 in Chicago, New York, New Orleans, Los Angeles and Toronto, and Improvisation and Acting workshops for the Steppenwolf and Remains Theatre ensembles in Chicago from 1979-1981. Sheldon has received lifetime achievement awards from the Chicago Improv Festival (2002), the Israeli Film Festival (2002), and the League of Chicago Theatres.