Brooke Shilling is a a good 'ol misfit who leans in to the unexpected, empowers the unpredictable, and climbs mountains between the routine and poetry. She devises physical, childlike, and provocative theatrical performances that invite her audiences to dream, to hope, to grieve, and to rile up the bonafide freaks inside us all.
Born and raised in New York City, Brooke holds a BFA in Acting from Ithaca College and an MFA in Devised Performance from The University of the Arts/Pig Iron School in Philadelphia. She has performed and/or worked with groups such as The Drama League, One Year Lease Theatre Company, Civic Ensemble, A Laboratory for Actor Training, and The Joust Theatre Company. She has facilitated workshops and taught as a visiting artist at the University of the Arts, The Irondale Center for Theater, Education and Outreach, Yes! And... Collaborative Arts, and was a Resident Actor at Philadelphia's children's museum, the Please Touch Museum. She has worked as a producing associate and resident artist of The H.E.A.T. Collective and assisted for Loose Change Productions and Fast Lane Projects in NYC. Brooke's solo show Ladies of the Land has been presented at The Drama League, Dixon Place, and the Shoe Box Short Theatre Festival. Brooke is an Illuminate the Arts Individual Artist Grant recipient, awarded by the City of Philadelphia Office of Arts, Culture and the Creative Economy. She is currently a member of the American cohort of LINKAGES: Hungary, a four year program run by the Center for International Theatre Development.