Shojai & Steele Plays
Playwrights Amy Shojai and Frank Steele have co-authored several theatrical productions together. Each brings decades of writing and performance experience to the projects.
Frank Steele has appeared in many TV and radio commercials, movies and TV shows including DALLAS. He taught drama for twenty-seven years, including middle school thespians, and has appeared in over fifty plays as an actor or professional musician, playing drums.
Amy Shojai, although best known as a pet journalist and author, has degrees in theater and music performance. She has acted in several dozen plays in six states, played piano and cello in many productions, and made countless TV and radio appearances both locally and nationally, including Animal Planet appearances as an expert. Amy has also taught high school choir and directed musicals from Chicago and Legally Blonde, to Peter Pan and Beauty & the Beast. Review Amy’s acting information here.
Together they write the book of the show, taking turns offering potential dialogue and scene suggestions. Songs arise from the theatrical situation to move the story forward. Shojai and Steele often begin with a concept for the song, each individually write verses or chorus of the proposed song, and then combine them for layered musical effect. Once suggested melodies and instrumentation is agreed, Shojai creates the arrangements. By the final edits, neither can tell who suggested which part once the work is completed.
Shojai and Steele have frequently taught theater workshops (Texas Thespian Festival, national Junior Thespian Festival and others) and are happy to consider bringing their fun sessions to your school or theater. CLICK HERE to see a list of our most popular topics (mix and match for your program!).
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