Her work is like her personality: provocative, in your face but with a lot of style.
— Sheila’s friend Michael*

Sheila Bandyopadhyay is a director, movement specialist, performer and devisor of original theater in New York City. With an extensive background in new work and Shakespeare, Sheila is committed to non-traditional theatrical performance that is literary, music-driven and physical. She enjoys working on ensemble shows and innovative adaptations of classical texts.


Productions credits as a director and devisor include plays featured at the West End Theater, the 72nd St Theater Lab, the Brick, the Boston Center for the Arts, and the Fringe Festival circuit.

Additionally, she has served as a movement coach for productions at Gallatin NYU (Hamlet, Measure for Measure, The Rape of Lucrece), FSU/Asolo (Twelfth Night, The Aliens) and numerous shows for the American Academy of Dramatic Arts Company.

As a performer, some of her favorite roles include: Tamora in Titus Andronicus (The Humanist Project), Bianca/Grumio in The Taming of the Shrew (Tempest Ladies) and Madge in DRESS (West End Theater).

Sheila regularly directs productions at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts and is currently developing an original music/theater piece, rise/fall. 

*Michael F. Toomey is an actor, director, fight choreographer, teacher and clown.He is a longtime member of Shakespeare & Co and co-founder/Artistic Director of The Humanist Project.