Jane Shepard


Jane Shepard (born 1958) is an American playwright, filmmaker and cartoonist. Shepard trained as an actor, graduating from the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in 1978 before turning to writing.

A member of Circle Repertory Company before its decline, her play productions in New York have included Eating the Dead; Ducks Crossing; and her one-woman autobiographical comedy The Idiot's Guide to the Brain, for which she received the Sloan Foundation Fellowship for plays on the theme of science and technology.

Other awards include The Frank Pisco Playwrighting Commission (2007); The Robert Chesley Award (2005); the Berrilla Kerr Playwrighting Award (2003); The Jane Chambers Award (2001) for COMMENCING; New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowships in both playwrighting and screenwriting (1996, 2002); and a Writer's Guild Foundation Fellowship (1985).
She has written and directed a number of short films, including the 16mm film Nine, which received an Honorable Mention Award from the Rochester Film Festival. Also a cartoonist, her drawings have appeared in such national publications as The American Review, And Baby, Grand Slam baseball magazine, and on theatrical posters.