About Shelby HoferActor | Director | Writer | Comedian
Shelby is an American actor, director, writer and comedian. She is also a producer and Co-Founder/Co-Director of the award-winning PushPush Arts, where she develops distinctive opportunities for artists to take risks, explore and collaborate across the globe.
As an actress, she has appeared on numerous stages locally, nationally and internationally over the last decade, in addition to her noted stage & film work with PushPush. In 2013 she performed in a premiere production by Guy Zimmerman, The Black Glass in Atlanta, Los Angeles and Berlin. In 2014 She toured in a follow-up production by Zimmerman, The Hillary Game in Los Angeles and Atlanta. Her 2009-2011 performances of the solo show 101 Humiliating Stories garnered numerous awards including one of the Top 50 Shows of the Decade and a Best Actress award from Creative Loafing in 2010. She is a four-time champion with original work and publications at Write Club Atlanta and has orated essays at numerous literary events, including Carapace and Naked City. Her work also includes directing, teaching, writing, and stand-up comedy.
In 2012 she received an Idea Capital grant to support the development of the script for a unique visual art/theater hybrid, See Through, a “walk-through” production about an overly curious tween, Jenny Rose, trying to decipher what’s happening at an adult party. In 2019, this small performance turned into her newest work, High Risk, Baby!, an autobiofictional play about the child within the mother, and how she solved her infertility problem. The story is told from the perspectives of both her adult self and her 8-year old self and premiered in May of 2021 in the outdoor space at PushPush Arts. High Risk, Baby! Will return in the fall for several pop-up performances.
Shelby met her partner, PushPush Artistic Director Tim Habeger, in 1996 while performing in the first of more than nine subsequent productions by Padua Playwright’s Murray Mednick (LA). Together, they founded PushPush in 1997 with a mission is to incubate and develop innovative performance works and growth opportunities for artists across the globe. They continue to offer the outcomes of this development work with artists to audiences through a range of innovative programming. Through PushPush they have garnered numerous grants and awards for their leadership (Turner Voices, the Home Depot Foundation award for Innovation and Collaboration, Lexus Leaders of the Arts from PBA Atlanta, The Theatre Communications Group, The Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta, Metropolitan Atlanta Arts Fund, The Consulate General of the Federal Republic of Germany, Goethe Zentrum, The Tanne Foundation, the AEC Trust, and more.)