Before heading to graduate school and a tenured teaching position in California, Schell performed widely on Portland stages in the 1980’s in the Oregon premieres of Sam Shepard’s Pulitzer Prize winning play, BURIED CHILD; the legendary production of YOU CAN’T TAKE IT WITH YOU; opposite Victoria Parker in ‘COUPLA WHITE CHICKS SITTIN’ ROUND TALKIN’; RELATIVELY SPEAKING with Keith Scales and Corey Brunish; TALKING WITH at the original Storefront Actors Theatre and the award winning production of DYLAN as Caitlin Thomas, starring Steve Pachosa in the title role. She also had a starring ensemble role in the Portlandia “precursor,” PILLARS OF PORTLAND. She returned to Portland recently and  directed in the Fertile Ground Festival in January 2017. She continues to work on her novel, and making more short films. Author Schell welcomes requests for interviews as well as seminars and workshops.
MFA, Master of Fine Arts, University of Utah. Directing
BA, Portland State Universtiy, Theatre Arts
AA, American Academy of Dramatic Arts, New York
Areas of Research / Professional Expertise
Working with actors.  Longevity in arts careers.  Self generated projects.  Working with playwrights on world premieres. Short films.
Personal Interests
Climate Action.
Fine art. Museums.
Historical fiction.
Open mic poetry slams.