University of Southern Indiana

Yu-Li Alice Shen

Yu-Li Alice Shen

Instructor in English
English Department

Robert D. Orr Center - 3044

Yu-Li Alice Shen is a composition instructor, playwright, actor, and audiobook narrator. She earned her MFA in playwriting at Virginia Tech and her BA in English literature/film studies at James Madison University. She has taught composition, literature, playwriting, theatre history, and Shakespeare's comedies at USI, and she has served as reader/adjudicator for Sigma Tau Delta, Advanced Placement, Indiana Thespians, and the Indiana Arts Commission. She has directed, stage managed, and acted for Evansville theatre and film companies, and her community service includes leading an annual summer playwriting workshop and playing ukulele at local retirement homes.

* ATHE-KCACTF’s Judith Royer Excellence in Playwriting Award Honorable Mention for original play Image May Contain – 2021
* SETC’s Charles M. Getchell New Play Award for original play Entitled – 2010

Theatre Productions
* Magical Thinking (reading) – Bristol Valley Theatre, Naples, NY – 2022
* Image May Contain – STAGEtwo Productions – 2019
* The Conversation about the Keys – Evansville Civic Theatre – 2016

Academic Presentations
* “Theatrical Collaboration: How Playwrights and Directors Can Play Together” – Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival – 2022
* “Overheard Uber: 'I thought you didn’t like Japanese people, but I bet you’d like HER.' Intersectional Confessions of the Ride-Share Community" – USI Filth & Foulness Interdisciplinary Colloquium – 2021
* “Let Go to Let In: Wielding and Ceding Power in the Theatre and Beyond” – Indiana College English Association – 2019.
*“‘I don’t love the drama; it loves me’: Playwriting and Performance in the Midwestern Classroom and Community” – Indiana College English Association – 2018

Audiobook Titles
* Refusing Compulsory Sexuality by Sherronda J. Brown 
* Passports & Promises Series by Abigail Drake
* The Cure Chronicles by K. A. Riley
* Maizy Chen’s Last Chance by Lisa Yee
* The Freedom Swimmers by Tony Chin
* Rabbit in the Moon by Heather Diamond

Past Acting Roles
* Mash in Stupid F***ing Bird by Aaron Posner
* Puck in A Midsummer Night’s Dream by William Shakespeare
* Sylvia in Tribes by Nina Raine
* Hannah Jarvis in Arcadia by Tom Stoppard
* Setsuko Hearn in 36 Views by Naomi Iizuka

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