Shelby Lenore Hofer

Shelby is an actress, writer, comedian, and producer. She is the Co-director of Atlanta’s award-winning PushPush Film & Theater, where she champions film and theater artists with distinctive opportunities to take risks, explore new ideas and collaborate. She has appeared on many many screens and stages locally, nationally and internationally over the last 15 years. Several years ago she began writing for stand up and now channels her years of running a non-profit, trying to have a family, and the hustle of being a hyper creative from South Atlanta into her stand up routines. In addition to numerous performances at some of Atlanta’s favorite comedy clubs including The Punchline and Laughing Skull Lounge, she has performed in venues from Phoenix to New York, including The Gotham. She is funneling her stand up into an immersive theatrical performance (originally developed with support from Idea Capital and the National Endowment for the Arts) that chronicles her backward and often humiliating attempts liberate her inner child.  In all of her spare time, she enjoys designing and creating jewelry. 

As an actor, she has performed on numerous stages locally (Horizon, 7 Stages, PushPush, Shakespeare Tavern, The Goat Farm, and more) and internationally 30+ productions, including two hit solo shows. Her 2009-2011 performances of the solo show 101 Humiliating Stories garnered numerous awards including one of the Top 50 Shows of the Decade and a Best Actress award from Creative Loafing in 2010. In 2012 she was chosen for an Idea Capital grant to support the development of a script that would ultimately turn into a unique visual art/theater hybrid, See Through, a “walk-through” production about an overly curious tween at an adult party. She is a three-time champion with original essays and publications at Write Club Atlanta and has orated her stories at numerous literary events. She is also a film actress with 18+ credits, including a scene with Taylor Schilling (Orange Is The New Black) and Matt Walsh (Veep) in the new indie comedy, Fam-i-ly. Her work also includes public speaking, directing, producing and occasionally leading awesomely creative adventures for young people.

In addition to heading up 7 years PushPush’s Portal International Exchange program between Atlanta and Berlin, from 2013-2015 she performed in a premiere production by Guy Zimmerman, The Black Glass, in Atlanta, Los Angeles, and Berlin.  During this time she toured in a follow-up production by Zimmerman, The Hillary Game to L.A. and back to Atlanta, and performed with Padua Hills Productions as Dr. Nin in Charles’ Story by Murray Mednick.

Shelby met her partner, PushPush Artistic Director Tim Habeger, in 1996 while performing at 7 Stages in FREEZE, the first of many PushPush productions by Padua Playwright’s Murray Mednick (LA). In 1997 they founded PushPush Film & Theater with a mission to incubate and develop distinctive global opportunities for artists. They offered the results to more than 15,000 patrons through a wide range of innovative programs and productions between 1997 and 2003 at their first location on Zonolite Road in Virginia Highlands, and then for over a decade inside of East Decatur Station at what is now the 3 Taverns Brewery. 

Shelby and Tim are developing two original episodics. Supported in part by the National Endowment for the Arts’ New Media and ArtWorks grants, the two series are based on their extensive creative experiences at PushPush while producing over 900 shows, incubating as many artists, and pioneering some of Atlanta’s groundbreaking arts programs such as Dailies Filmmakers, the Portal International Exchange, the Artistic Planning Program, SmallTall Theater, CultivateATL, Seedworks and The Series Project.

Together they have garnered numerous grants and awards for their leadership including Turner Voices, the Home Depot Foundation award for Innovation and Collaboration, Lexus Leaders of the Arts from PBA Atlanta, The Theatre Communications Group, The Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta, Metropolitan Atlanta Arts Fund, The Consulate General of the Federal Republic of Germany, Goethe Zentrum, The Tanne Foundation, the AEC Trust, and more.