Shari has been a storyteller all her life. She spent her younger years goofing off with her friends and her two brothers. But by the time she turned five she decided to settle down and focus on her career.
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 with 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 a BA in Theatre at UCLA. Her educational and artistic background paved the way for a variety of professional positions including assisting in an agency that represented directors of photography in the film and television industry, a nine-year stint coordinating cast and crew at a Los Angeles-based commercial production company, and co-founding the critically-acclaimed children’s entertainment company imagination station that produced six seasons of original, award-winning shows and audio recordings for family audiences.
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, she decided to return to her artistic roots and began freelancing, taking on a variety of creative projects and assignments. She became an active member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI) to learn more about storytelling in print. She established a publishing company and produced a bilingual picture book (A Day With Lady/Un Dia Con Lady).
Shari began her freelance career in 2010. Her experience and broad skillset allows her to excel as a business consultant, content creator, and in website, program, and product development. She also enjoys working with upper elementary students on an individual and group basis, encouraging an appreciation for the arts and self-expression. Finding creative ways to combine her artistic interests with her business acumen has become Shari’s favorite and most rewarding career to date.
In her free time Shari writes (contributing author for Chicken Soup for the Soul: The Forgiveness Fix, November, 2019), plays the piano, volunteers for great local causes, and works on art projects in her craft room while singing along to a broadway show cast recording.