Shari is passionate about promoting creativity and strengthening the value our society places on education, cultural diversity, and artistic expression.
Shari has been a storyteller all her life. As a student, Shari filled her extracurricular time with study and practical experience in the arts, learning to tell stories on stage, in writing, through dance and music. She attended Houston’s High School for the Performing and Visual Arts, spent two years as a theatre major at St. Edward’s University in Austin, TX, and obtained her BA in Theatre at UCLA. Her educational and artistic background paved the way for a variety of professional experiences including assisting in an agency that represented film and television directors of photography, a nine-year stint coordinating cast and crew at a Los Angeles-based commercial production company, and as co-founder of the critically-acclaimed children’s entertainment company imagination station, writing and producing six seasons of original theatre and audio recordings for family audiences (recipient of Parents Choice Silver Honor, 2000).
Shari moved back to Texas in 2000 to be closer to family and started the original Austin Children’s Theatre. She restaged and toured two original productions to more than sixty schools and museums in Austin, Houston, and San Antonio. With such a strong arts background, the obvious next move? Serving as Executive Director of the Texas Alliance for Minorities in Engineering (TAME), encouraging K-12 students to prepare for and pursue careers in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).
After nearly ten years sharing the compelling story about America’s need for greater emphasis on STEM education and domestic scientific innovation, Shari decided to find creative ways to combine her artistic interests with her business acumen. In 2010 she began freelancing, taking on a variety of creative projects and assignments. Her experience and broad skill set allows her to excel as an operational and administrative consultant, content creator, project/program manager, digital marketer, teacher, and facilitator. Shari recently launched Creativity HQ, an innovative out-of-school enrichment program designed to improve creative and critical thinking skills. She works with upper elementary students on an individual and group basis, cultivating creativity and fostering an appreciation for arts and self-expression.
Shari is a contributing author in the upcoming issue of Chicken Soup for the Soul: The Forgiveness Fix, November, 2019. She’s a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI) and enjoys writing for family audiences.
In her free time Shari plays the piano, volunteers for great local arts and culture organizations, and works on art projects in her craft room while singing along to a Broadway show cast recording.