Degrees and Certifications:

Mrs. Janet Shelley

Janet Shelley, a 2002 Marion County Golden Apple teacher, is the theatre director of the Marion County Center for the Arts at West Port High School.  She has appeared in and directed numerous plays and musicals.  She received a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Theatre from New York University’s School of the Arts, where she studied acting and directing with Richard Schechner, Spalding Gray, Lee Breuer, Shami Chaikin, and other avant-garde theatre artists.  Ms. Shelley has served on the Board of Directors of the Ocala Civic Theatre where she has directed The Speed of Darkness, Patient A, The Complete Works of William Shakespeare Abridged, Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, The Complete History of America, Dearly Departed, The Diary of Anne Frank, as well as several youth theatre productions. Mrs. Shelley has a Master of Arts in Humanities from California State University and in addition to teaching Acting 1-4 Honors, she is an adjunct professor at the College of Central Florida, teaching Introduction to the Humanities and Mythology in the Humanities for West Port's Early College program. She is the founder of (F)Actor Theatre Company, a summer theatre for teaching artists, in collaboration with the College of Central Florida.

Mrs. Shelley has a wonderful husband, Jim, who is a registered nurse. They have two adult children:  Megan, who is a painter and a teaching artist in St. Johns County, and Reid, who is a writer and technology expert in New York City.  She loves spending time with her granddaughter, Nora, and her three dogs: Beau, Rudy, and Nathan.