About Us


Past Projects

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Shiyr Terror: Terrifyingly FUnny

In October 2017, we produced our first ever, fully staged writers' workshop! Eleven playwrights put their pens to paper (well, fingers to laptops) and came up with some seriously funny stuff. Then, 7 actors brought the characters to life in one and a half hours of comedic terror in our favorite room at Papillon's Bistro & Bar. After 5 sold out shows, we and the audience left feeling lighter than we came and looking forward to many collaborations ahead! 


Who We Are

Tamra Paselk

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Tamra is a graduate of the William Esper Studio of Acting and a wanna-be comedian. Her credits date back to … well, they date back and have their roots in opera. She has been seen on stages internationally but enjoys an interactive, intimate theatre experience more than anything else excepting ice cream. Tamra recently made her cabaret debut at Don’t Tell Mama NYC in  Awkward, a woman’s reflection on the comedic realities of grief. Currently, Shiyr is producing her original web series, Chronicles of a BLEEP Year Old Woman, a work that was developed in Costa Rica with Alaine Alldaffer of Playwrights Horizons

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Douglas Rizzo Johnson


Douglas recently studied with William Esper and graduated from the two year intensive at the William Esper Studio. He is also a graduate of the Atlantic Acting School's Conservatory Program in New York in addition to David Mamet's Master Class in Los Angeles. He was last seen as Mr. Lunn in a Shiyr production of GB Shaw’s Overruled. 

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In April, we brought back one of our very favorites by George Bernard Shaw. Always the crowd favorite, we were received by sold out and happy crowds at Papillon Bistro & Bar. The brilliance of Shaw never ceases to amaze and, as you may know, we're doing this show around town in homes near you! Shoot us an email at info@shiyr.org for more information!


Kelsey Claire

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Kelsey is originally from South Carolina and studied at the William Esper Studio. She now wears numerous hats in the film and theater world of NYC. Credits include Sonder (Off Broadway, The Players Theatre), Overruled (Shiyr Productions), A New York Story (Syndicate Films), Dear Sterling (Goat Rodeo Productions), The Fight for Tomorrow (Cut It Films), & TABS: Season 2. She wrote and directed the short play Hot Air as part of the Manhattan Repertory Theatre's New Works Festival, and directed Breaking Up by Michael Cristofer.  Next Up: she's thrilled to be directing Third Coffee Production's half hour comedic pilot, and will be directing and acting in a web series created by

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