Welcome!

I hope you enjoy browsing the site, thanks for visiting! In addition to my ongoing work as an actor/puppeteer with the Berkshire-based theatre and film company Outcast Cafe, and narrating multiple titles for Audible.com, I work as a freelance actor, puppeteer, and voice over artist in the Greater Boston Area. To learn more about me please visit the About the Artist page and check back soon for more updates.

In the mean time, keep up with me on my personal social media accounts (@grshalan) or with Outcast Cafe (@outcastcafe) for the most updates.

 

 

 




Recent News:
 
Proud to announce (especially to Western Mass friends): Coyote Girl will screen at The Triplex Cinema in Great Barrington, MA on Sunday, March 26th at 11:00 a.m.! Outcast Cafe has rented out the theatre, so your ticket is on us. Please R.S.V.P. to shalan@outcastcafe.com to let me know if you can make it! 
 
This September I had the honor of playing the part of Fatima al-Sadr in the great Charles Dumas' new work, Reconciliation. Produced as an AEA-Staged Reading through the William Joiner Institute at Mass BostonReconciliation was a part of the Boston to Bagdhad play series "striving to assess the effects of the Iraq War on combat veterans and civilians...(and to) interact with the larger community and, in doing so, to contribute to the life of the community and sustain its health through the creative resources of drama, poetry and art." It was truly spectacular to work with such a team of top-notch artists striving to make a difference through theatre. To read more about the project click here!
Early August I returned from two amazing weeks in the UK doing a little personal and career research. Not only did I absorb all that the vibrant theatre scene of London had to offer, but I participated in the Actors Weekend at Mountview Academy and recieved a certification from Bristol Old Vic Theatre School's Sing Out course! 
We had an amazing time at The Boston International Film Festival and Coyote Girl took "Best Experimental Film"! Congratulations to Outcast Cafe!
 
Good news for Coyote Girl ! We have been accepted to The Boston International Festival of Film 2016! I will be present at the festival, and you can see it, too. on April 16th (8:30 pm) at The Paramount Screening Room in Boston, MA. 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Off to the Berkshires for the Fall to workshop a new Coyote puppet for the upcoming Outcast Cafe show Riley Ann Visits The Outcast Cafe! I will be playing Riley Ann/ Coyote in this extended version for the stage of the short film Coyote Girl. 
 
Honored to interpret historical feminist and human rights activist Alice Stone Blackwell in Friends of Armenia at the Najarian Lecture on Human Rights at Faneuil Hall this October.
 
Coyote Girlthe short film I shot with Outcast Cafe in January, has been selected for a screening at the 2015 Snake Alley Festival of Film! Check out more about the film here.
 
I'm thrilled to start rehearsals this July for Maiden Pheonix Theatre Company's  The Winter's Tale as Paulina! Can't wait to put my Shakespeare pants back on! Check out their website for times, we'll be playing in the Nathan Tufts Park for free throughout the month of August! 
 
Had an amazing time as one of 75 up-and-coming talents at the Audible.com headquarters this May, learning how to take my narration career to the next level at ACX University. Listen to my previous work here (and follow me on twitter for my next giveaway).