Sandra Shipley, 15th Annual ODU Literary Festival


Sandra Shipley

Document Type

Featured Participant

Festival Date



University Theater

Author/Artist Bio

Sandra Shipley, born and raised in England, was educated at London University and at the New College of Speech and Drama. She was a company member with the Royal Shakespeare Company and with the English Stage Company at the Royal Court Theater. Now based in Boston, Sandra has appeared with virtually every theater company in that area, including the Boston Shakespeare Company, the American Repertory Company, and Gloucester Stage Company. In 1987, she received the Elliot Norton Award, becoming the first actor to be so honored. Subsequent actors who have received the award are Sir Ian McKellan, Robert Morse, and Julie Harris. Sandra is also the recipient of the 1984 Boston Theater Critics Circle Award for her performance as Gladys in A Lesson from Aloes. Her American television appearances include "Spenser: For Hire", "Unsolved Mysteries", "The John Lennon Story", and, most recently, as Irene, the Duchess of Stratford, on "All My Children".


Sandra Shipley performed a Monologue from Alan Bennett's Talking Heads. on Monday, October 5, 1992 in the University Theater from 2:00-3:30 p.m. Before this performance Tim McLaurin gave a Snakehandling demonstration.


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