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Shelby Reilly ’18

Class of 2018, Major in Theatre and New Media

  • Shelby Reilly ’18

I found myself excited by the class sizes and the opportunity to really make a difference within the community. Dr. Mary Fleischer was integral to my experience at MMC. I got to work with her throughout my years at Marymount and really felt like I made a difference in my major. Her History of New Media class furthered my passion for experimental theater and the January course Experimental Theater was just the icing on the cake.

About

After learning about MMC from a high school classmate, Shelby Reilly ’18 took a tour of campus and immediately loved it. “I found myself excited by the class sizes and the opportunity to really make a difference within the community,” she says. 

It was in her sophomore year that her academic track took hold, after enrolling in Theater and New Media with Dr. Mary Fleischer. “Mary was integral to my experience at MMC,” says Reilly. “I got to work with her throughout my years at Marymount and really felt like I made a difference in my major. Her History of New Media class furthered my passion for experimental theater and the January course Experimental Theater was just the icing on the cake.”

Immediately after graduating in December 2018, Reilly served as the Assistant Video Designer on the award-winning interactive family show, Pip’s Island, with MMC adjunct instructor Rocco DiSanti. Reilly continues to expand her skills, trying new areas including sound design and stage management. “I’m incredibly proud of myself for trying new things and finding my niche,” she says. “I’m still experimenting with new things and trying different jobs out, so it’s been super exciting to have the opportunity to keep learning and growing.”

In Summer 2019, Reilly was selected to design her first equity show in New York; chosen based on a recommendation from designer Espii Proctor, whom she had worked for previously. The show was produced by RippleEffects Artists, an organization dedicated to produce works driven by social issues (i.e. human trafficking, climate change). “It was an honor to be a part of something larger than myself,” Reilly says.

Currently, Reilly works as a stage manager for Future Proof, an NYC- and online-based multi-month interactive transmedia project.Their projects range from interactive films (UVXO, in post), interactive immersive shows, and YouTube content from different characters in the universe.