The Shelton Theater continues to produce classical and contemporary works, in addition to fostering new voices. We provide artists with the respect they need and a venue within which to observe their work. On any given month on the Shelton stage, artists will be presenting a range of literary based plays, musicals, new solo works, improvisation, stand up comedy, spoken word, sketch comedy or live music. 

The theater was founded by Matt Shelton in 1993 whose early artistic influences came from Broadway actor/director and Group Theatre member Wendell Phillips, along with his parents Jean Shelton and Robert Elross. He is a director and performer in theater and film and has acted, directed, produced, and taught over the last 30 years and in 1993 he founded the Shelton Theater where he continues to work with veteran Bay Area actors and directors while providing opportunity to new artists. He has been a guest faculty at the College of the Arts, the San Francisco Art Institute and he is Artistic Director of Shelton Theater.  

The following is a partial list of collaborators whom are currently cultivating projects in an ensemble effort at the Shelton Theater:

Kindrid Parker Filmmaker
Cedric Wentworth Painter/Sculptor

Madison Worthington Actor/Director

Matt Shelton Artistic Director
Amanda Shelton Managing Director                                             Byron Beebop Jazz Musician   
Oleg Liptsin Director/Actor
Margery Fairchild Actor/Director
Richard Ciccarone Writer/Director


Theatre Video Archive


Written by David Mamet. 
Starring Bill English, Bruce Mackey, Paul Santiago and Catherine Castellanos.
Directed by Matt Shelton, 1993

Written by Peter Weiss
Starring Luis Oropeza and Paul Santiago.
Directed by Matt Shelton, 1994

Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?
Written by Edward Albee
Starring Robert Elross, Linda Ayres-Frederick and Matt Shelton.
Directed by Bruce Mackey, 1994

The Adding Machine
Written by Elmer Rice
Directed by Jean Shelton, 1994

Written by Murray Schisgal
Starring Matt Shelton, Ian Hirsch and Lisa Joffrey.
Directed by Jean Shelton, 1995

Glengarry Glen Ross
Written by David Mamet
Starring Richard Harder and Keith Burkland.
Directed by Jean Shelton, 1995

The Crucible
Written by Arthur Miller
Directed by Jean Shelton, 1995

A View from the Bridge
Written by Arthur Miller
Starring Jimmy Palermo and Christine Bruno.
Directed by Jean Shelton, 1996

Sexual Perversity in Chicago
Written by David Mamet
Starring Jen Welch and Ian Hirsch.
Directed by Matt Shelton, 1996

Adulto Orgasmo Escapes From the Zoo
Written by Dario Fo
Starring Shelly Mitchell
Directed by Matt Shelton, 1996

The Skin of Our Teeth
Written by Thornton Wilder
Starring Keith Burkland and Jeannie Mullis
Directed by Jean Shelton, 1997

The Big Funk
Written by John Patrick Shanley
Starring Lisa Wentz, Andre Estrelis and Frank Potter
Directed by Matt Shelton, 1997

Spoon River Anthology
Written by Edgar Lee Masters
Directed by Matt Shelton, 1999

The Marriage
Written by Nikolai Gogol
Starring Peter Abraham, Jeannie Mullis, and Matt Shelton.
Directed by Oleg Liptsin, 1999

The Cherry Orchard  
Written by Anton Chekhov
Starring Felecia Faulkner and Matt Shelton
Directed by Oleg Liptsin, 2000

American Buffalo  
Written by David Mamet
Starring Richard Harder, Joe Silva, and Charles Brumm
Directed by Jean Shelton, 2001

Indigo Don't Vote  
Written by Gabriel Goldstein
Directed by Matt Shelton, 2005

Beyond Therapy  
Written by Christopher Durang
Directed by Matt Shelton, 2005

The Elephant Man
Written by Bernard Pomerance
Directed by Oleg Liptsin, 2005

Private Wars
Written by James McClure
Directed by Richard Harder, 2006

This Is How It Goes
Written by Neil LeBute
Directed by Matt Shelton, 2006

The Living Corpse
Written by Leo Tolstoi
Directed by Oleg Liptsin, 2006

Three Tall Women
Written by Edward Albee
Directed by Luis Oropeza, 2007

California Suite
Written by Neil Simon
Directed by Julie Dimas-Lockfeld, 2007

Written by Patrick Marber
Directed by Matt Shelton, 2008

Speed the Plow
Written by David Mamet
Directed by Matt Shelton, 2008

Written by Beth Henley
Directed by Julie Dimas-Lockfeld, 2008

La Ronde
Written by Albert Schnitzer
Directed by Julie Dimas-Lockfeld, 2009

Golden Boy                                                                                          Written by Clifford Odets                                                                            Directed by Jean and Matt Shelton,  2010

Savage in Limbo
Written by John Patrick Shanley
Directed by Julie Dimas-Lockfeld, 2010.                                              

The Rainmaker
Written by N. Richard Nash                                                         with Matt Shelton and Amanda Gerard
Directed by Julie Dimas-Lockfeld, 2012

God of Carnage
Written by Yasmina Reza                                                                            with Matt Shelton, Norman Gee, Cara Phillips
Directed by Lisa Drostova, 2013

Noises Off
Written by Michael Frayn
Directed by Lisa Drostova and Matt Shelton, 2013

The Weir
Written by Conor McPherson                                                                    
Directed by Keith Phillips, 2014

Noises Off
Written by Michael Frayn
Directed by Matt Shelton, 2014

Written by Beth Henley
Directed by Julie Dimas-Lockfeld, 2015

Glengarry Glen Ross
Written by David Mamet                                                                     with Matt Shelton ,Phil Estrin, 
Directed by Sasha Litovchenko, 2015

Fool For Love
Written by Sam Shepard
Directed by Matt Shelton, 2016

Extreme Measures
Written and Directed by Will Marchetti
with Matt Shelton, Livia Demarchi 2016

A Streetcar Named Desire
Written by Tennessee Williams
Directed by Julie Dimas-Lockfeld, 2016

Noted Bay Area career actors whom have performed for the Shelton Theater:

Robert Elross (1922-2004) was considered one of the finest actors in America. His contribution to the Bay Area artistic community as a director/actor and thinker was immense. His passing recently was marked by the San Francisco Chronicle as one of the most important person in the community to pass on in 2004.

Keith Burkland, Catherine Castellanos*, Robert Elross*, Bill English*, Felecia Faulkner*, Linda Ayres-Frederick*, Richard Harder, Bruce Mackey*, Luis Oropeza*, Paul Santiago* and Matt Shelton, Brian Scott, Jennifer Proctor, Susi Damilano, Coleman Domingo, Livia Demarchi, Michael McGee,* among many others to numerous to name.

* Equity actors