Shelly has taken every artistic opportunity offered in 

New York City to become her own brand of entertainment excellence.  


As an opera singer she's an award winning, B.M and M.M Juilliard graduate, a Metropolitan Opera outreach Artist and world premiere music collaborator specializing in improvisation. This year she directed and stage/costume/set designed the premiere of David Cheskys' opera La Farranucci at the Playhouse Theater in Brooklyn. 

For over 6 years and 600 shows, Company XIV was a delicious artistic home for Shelly. She starred As Madame Drosselmeyer in numerous adaptations of Nutcracker Rouge as well as gracing the stage as main emcee, narrator and storyteller for Rococo Rouge, XIV Variete and a commercial for Stella Artois featured during the Olympics.                                                       

Shelly delivers an impressive display of improvisational skills, 

patter and vocal virtuosity. Her amazing ability to enthrall an audience of 80 or 8,000, by creating moods and memories has made her a highly sought after Femcee and event host.

She's been honored to have hosted/ performed/produced shows at/for Vacaya Vactions, B.B.Kings, Seattle Boylesque Festival, Joe's Pub, Metropolitan Room, Duane Park, CBGB's, Windows on the World, The Standard, Kraine Theater, Flea Theater, Brooklyn Bowl, Capitale, Grand Prospect Hall, Highline Ballroom, Soho House, Slipper Room, Le Poisson Rouge, Webster Hall, Cutting Room, New York Burlesque Festival, Drom, Nurse Bettie, Cipriani, and many, many more

As a comedian, she's made the world laugh. She's headlined and been featured at Caroline's Comedy Club, Comedy Cellar, N.Y Comedy Club, Gotham, Magnet Theater, Dangerfield's, UCB and Stand Up New York and was voted one of Z100s' Funniest Females. This led to a nationally syndicated radio segment

"Hip Hopera" (her operatic arrangements of rap songs) that ran 13 seasons. Her spectacular Hip Hopera opening on the MTV 2001 VMA's with Jaime Foxx has been voted one of the top 10 best moments in the VMA's every year since its debut.

Shelly is indeed funny, but also well versed in traditional theater and has studied/performed for both The Actor's Studio and The New Dramatists in NYC. She's directed two plays and numerous scenes, solo shows and one offs around the tri-state area.











"Those who make money
make the world go round,  
those whose make Art make it livable."
Shelly Watson