I received a BFA in Theatre from the University of Rhode Island and a Master’s in Acting from the Actors Studio MFA Program. I worked as an actress in productions in Chicago, New York, Philadelphia, Rhode Island. Favorite roles: Millie in William Inge’s Picnic, Anne Shirley in Anne of Green Gables, Virginia Woolf in Edna O’Brien’s Virginia, Maggie in Arthur Miller’s After the Fall, Aunt Hannah in an award-winning production of James Agee’s A Death in the Family, Agnes in Lanford Wilson’s Ludlow Fair, and Sharla in the first production after the Chicago run of Tracy Letts’ Killer Joe (in Ithaca). I played one of the leads in a short film noir called The Darkling Plain, directed by Canadian director Shelagh Carter, which premiered in the Shorts category at the Montreal World Film Festival.
I am a regular film critic for Rogerebert.com. My writing has also appeared in The Dissolve, Movie Mezzanine, Fandor, Press Play, Flavorwire, Noir of the Week, and the House Next Door. I have also written essays on Sudden Fear, His Girl Friday and Love Me Tender for Bright Walls/Dark Room. I contributed a video-essay on the career of Gena Rowlands for the Criterion Collection’s release of John Cassavetes’ Love Streams. Again for Criterion, I wrote an essay on Charles Vidor’s 1946 classic, Gilda. I wrote the script for the Academy Awards’ Lifetime Achievement tribute reel to Gena Rowlands, read by Angelina Jolie. My work has also appeared in Salon.com as well as The Sewanee Review, the oldest literary journal in the country, where “Two Birds,” an essay about my father, ran in the Irish Letters issue.
My script, July and Half of August has had public readings at Theatre Wit in Chicago and the Vineyard Theatre in New York, plus a workshop in Los Angeles. In 2015, one of the scenes was made into a short film, directed by Brandeaux Tourville and starring Annika Marks and Robert Baker.
I’ve been blogging here since 2002. It’s not a “film blog.” The blog is (and always has been) extremely eclectic. I follow obsessions for sometimes years (Dean Stockwell, Elvis Presley, Supernatural, Cary Grant). I have “regulars” who’ve been reading here since the earliest days. The comments section on my site is not only civil but a lot of fun! Disagreement is fine and sometimes great, but the nonsense you see elsewhere is not allowed on my site. One strike and you’re out. Keeping things from derailing takes mild moderation on my part, but it’s worth it to those who love discussing things at length. People can really talk here. Feel free to join in.
You can email me at gibsongirl – at – sheilaomalley – dot – com.