Neil Shurley

Neil Shurley

     Neil Shurley has been covering the Greenville SC arts scene since 2001. A member of the American Theatre Critics Association, his work has appeared in such publications as The Greenville News, Greenville Journal, Creative Loafing. MetroBeat, Greenville Business Magazine, GSA Business, The Examiner, Film Score Monthly, and All Music Guide.
 
He wrote the text for the Upcountry History Museum‘s award-winning exhibit “Weaving Our Survival” as well as the script for the accompanying documentary film, Threads of Victory: Upcountry South Carolina during World War II, which was later featured on the PBS series Southern Lens.
 
His fiction has appeared in Rosebud Magazine, PowFastFlashFiction, and 365 Tomorrows as well as in the anthology My First Time. His theatrical works have been produced by Centre Stage and Gambler’s Theatre. He’s also the co-author of Growing Greenville for 50 Years: A Celebration of Greenville Technical College.
 
Neil is also an actor and musician and can be found online at neilshurley.com, or tweeting about donuts, coffee, and Star Trek @ThatNeilGuy.




MOST POPULAR ARTICLES
LAST 30 DAYS

BWW Review: SCHOOL OF ROCK Shreds at the Peace CenterBWW Review: SCHOOL OF ROCK Shreds at the Peace Center
Posted: Dec. 6, 2017


BWW Interview: Will Ragland of A TUNA CHRISTMAS at Mill Town PlayersBWW Interview: Will Ragland of A TUNA CHRISTMAS at Mill Town Players
Posted: Nov. 29, 2017


LAST 365 DAYS

BWW Interview: Glenda Manwaring, director of GHOST - THE MUSICAL at Centre StageBWW Interview: Glenda Manwaring, director of GHOST - THE MUSICAL at Centre Stage
Posted: Oct. 16, 2017


BWW Review: Mill Town Players' BYE BYE BIRDIE Will Make You Put on a Happy FaceBWW Review: Mill Town Players' BYE BYE BIRDIE Will Make You Put on a Happy Face
Posted: Jul. 16, 2017


BWW Review: THE LION KING Celebrates Life and Spectacle at The Peace CenterBWW Review: THE LION KING Celebrates Life and Spectacle at The Peace Center
Posted: Jun. 3, 2017


BWW Review: HAIRSPRAY brings colorful music and fun to Greenville Little TheatreBWW Review: HAIRSPRAY brings colorful music and fun to Greenville Little Theatre
Posted: Jun. 4, 2017


BWW Review: Revolutionary HAIR Still Wows at GLOW Lyric TheatreBWW Review: Revolutionary HAIR Still Wows at GLOW Lyric Theatre
Posted: Jul. 18, 2017


BWW Interview: Maegan Azar of INTIMATE APPAREL at Centre StageBWW Interview: Maegan Azar of INTIMATE APPAREL at Centre Stage
Posted: Jun. 6, 2017


BWW Previews: GLOW LYRIC SUMMER FESTIVAL SEASON at Fine Arts CenterBWW Previews: GLOW LYRIC SUMMER FESTIVAL SEASON at Fine Arts Center
Posted: Jun. 29, 2017


BWW Review: SCHOOL OF ROCK Shreds at the Peace CenterBWW Review: SCHOOL OF ROCK Shreds at the Peace Center
December 6, 2017

It's a head-banging good time.

BWW Interview: Will Ragland of A TUNA CHRISTMAS at Mill Town PlayersBWW Interview: Will Ragland of A TUNA CHRISTMAS at Mill Town Players
November 29, 2017

'It's a great way to escape the anxiety and stress of the holiday season with characters that remind you of your family - or yourself!'

BWW Review: All These Years Later, LES MISERABLES - Now Playing at the Peace Center - Continues to ImpressBWW Review: All These Years Later, LES MISERABLES - Now Playing at the Peace Center - Continues to Impress
November 1, 2017

This new touring production of the 2014 Broadway revival is a stunning, cinematic reinvention of the classic, filled with gorgeous visuals and breathtaking vocals.

BWW Interview: Jillian Butler - Cosette in LES MISERABLES at the Peace CenterBWW Interview: Jillian Butler - Cosette in LES MISERABLES at the Peace Center
October 28, 2017

'It's just nice to be able to give the audience a little bit of light.'

BWW Interview: Glenda Manwaring, director of GHOST - THE MUSICAL at Centre StageBWW Interview: Glenda Manwaring, director of GHOST - THE MUSICAL at Centre Stage
October 16, 2017

'The question is how do you represent these beloved iconic characters and this story without becoming mimics of their work. The answer is to tell the story in the best way that our actors and their gifts could tell it, making it their own and bringing the theatrical elements that we can produce on a thrust stage to support the story and allowing the audience and their imagination to fill in the rest.'

BWW Interview: Kimberlee Ferreira, director/choreographer of HONKY TONK ANGELS at Mill Town PlayersBWW Interview: Kimberlee Ferreira, director/choreographer of HONKY TONK ANGELS at Mill Town Players
September 20, 2017

'Our hope is that you come in and can forget the crazy world for a few hours. Smile, clap, toe tap, sing, and rejoice in some good ol' country music.'

BWW Review: THE BODYGUARD Brings the Movie to Life at the Peace CenterBWW Review: THE BODYGUARD Brings the Movie to Life at the Peace Center
September 13, 2017

More so even than the original film, the musical version of The Bodyguard centers around flashy concert-style production numbers, complete with flashing lights, rising platforms, and a dazzling array of costumes. It's practically a movie come to life.

BWW Interview: Guerrilla Shakespeare Theatre's Crystal Stewart talks Romeo & JulietBWW Interview: Guerrilla Shakespeare Theatre's Crystal Stewart talks Romeo & Juliet
September 6, 2017

'It has always struck me how people concentrate so hard on the romance in Romeo and Juliet, and less on the fact that it is about teenagers who kill themselves. We wanted to tell that story, while focusing in on the LGBTQ community.'

BWW Interview: Playwright Leslie Kimbell brings FOUR OLD BROADS to Centre StageBWW Interview: Playwright Leslie Kimbell brings FOUR OLD BROADS to Centre Stage
August 30, 2017

'I wanted to write something that celebrates seniors and portrays them as vivacious and funny...active and important. My characters are not little old ladies sitting around at a quilting bee talking about the weather. These ladies are funny, sassy and sexy.'

BWW Review: THE KING AND I at The Peace Center is truly Something WonderfulBWW Review: THE KING AND I at The Peace Center is truly Something Wonderful
August 24, 2017

Bartlett Sher's staging of The King and I brings the show to vivid life, reminding us of its still relevant messages while always remaining a marvelous entertainment.

BWW Interview: Kristina Riggle, author of Broadway-themed novel VIVIAN IN REDBWW Interview: Kristina Riggle, author of Broadway-themed novel VIVIAN IN RED
August 9, 2017

'Vivian in Red is about owning your story, and that means all of it...your triumphs and your mistakes, both.'

BWW Interview: TJ Jones IS The King for Centre Stage's MILLION DOLLAR QUARTETBWW Interview: TJ Jones IS The King for Centre Stage's MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET
July 20, 2017

'I hope the old will reminisce, the young will find interest in these characters, and everybody will wanna just dance.'

BWW Review: Revolutionary HAIR Still Wows at GLOW Lyric TheatreBWW Review: Revolutionary HAIR Still Wows at GLOW Lyric Theatre
July 18, 2017

Director Jenna Tamisiea and music director Christian Elser put a talented cast through a physical and emotional journey that still feels revolutionary. They'll wow you with their stamina, their marvelous musicianship (including a crack live band), and their raw emotional power.

BWW Review: Mill Town Players' BYE BYE BIRDIE Will Make You Put on a Happy FaceBWW Review: Mill Town Players' BYE BYE BIRDIE Will Make You Put on a Happy Face
July 16, 2017

Mill Town's Bye Bye Birdie is guaranteed to make you put on a happy face.

BWW Previews: OTHELLO at Warehouse Theatre - Interview with co-directors Maegen Azar & Anne TromsnessBWW Previews: OTHELLO at Warehouse Theatre - Interview with co-directors Maegen Azar & Anne Tromsness
July 13, 2017

'This play has been known throughout history to turn a lens onto the audience's own moral compass, and I hope that people will walk away from this show willing to talk about the issues it brings up. Too many times we hide from those challenging dialogues, but through art and storytelling, we can hopefully help to engage conversation in our communities.'

BWW Interview: Reed Halvorson, Director of BYE BYE BIRDIE Opening This Weekend at Mill Town PlayersBWW Interview: Reed Halvorson, Director of BYE BYE BIRDIE Opening This Weekend at Mill Town Players
July 9, 2017

I'm really excited about this play, it's really coming together. Musicals are never easy, but as we chip away over these last few days, I'm seeing a show come together with an infectious spirit perfect for this theatre.

BWW Interview: Julie Klam, Author of THE STARS IN OUR EYES, Coming 7/18 from Riverhead BooksBWW Interview: Julie Klam, Author of THE STARS IN OUR EYES, Coming 7/18 from Riverhead Books
June 29, 2017

Her previous books have examined personal relationships with family, friends, and pets. This time she sets her sights on a more ephemeral relationship, that of the public with their beloved celebrities.

BWW Previews: GLOW LYRIC SUMMER FESTIVAL SEASON at Fine Arts CenterBWW Previews: GLOW LYRIC SUMMER FESTIVAL SEASON at Fine Arts Center
June 29, 2017

Tamisiea's collaborative directorial style, coupled with her strong visual sense and Elser's top-notch musicianship make GLOW Lyric productions always worth seeing. And whether you see all three shows in one weekend or spread out the joy over the course of the month, you owe yourself the experience. Trust my authority on this one.

BWW Interview: Antoinette Hall of INTIMATE APPAREL at Centre StageBWW Interview: Antoinette Hall of INTIMATE APPAREL at Centre Stage
June 12, 2017

'What I latched onto with this show is love and how it presents itself in different relationships and circumstances.'

BWW Interview: Maegan Azar of INTIMATE APPAREL at Centre StageBWW Interview: Maegan Azar of INTIMATE APPAREL at Centre Stage
June 6, 2017

'The play's text is so rich with details, and you really have to mine it, investigate it like a detective, to find everything out about your character that you can.'



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