SHELLEY M. SHIER
Shelley M. Shier, Canadian-American, based in New York City, specializes in fine art and entertainment and works in conjunction with Broadway Bound Fine Arts and Entertainment, a company she founded in 1998.
Shier has been involved in the arts and entertainment industry since she was a child and comes from a family that owned jazz and blues clubs, invested in Broadway shows and through Seven Arts Productions, a company controlled by a family member, financed many notable motion pictures in the 1950s and early 1960s, such as Giant, West Side Story, Funny Girl, Whatever Happened To Baby Jane and many more.
Shier left Canada to study with Stella Adler in New York in the late 70’s and graduated from the Conservatory of Acting at City Center. At the same time she was part of The Soho Artist’s Theater Company for five years. During this time she supported herself working for New York City art galleries and with selected clients at Sotheby’s and Christie's.
In 1983, Shier formed HOSS, Inc. and went on to produce hundreds of large-scale musical and theatrical productions throughout the world. For four decades, she has worked with hundreds of celebrated entertainers such as Tony Bennett, Carol Burnett, Della Reese, Debbie Reynolds, Tommy Tune, Sofia Loren, Audrey Hepburn, Clint Eastwood and countless others.
In the mid-1990’s Shier produced and toured Hair, Jesus Christ Superstar and Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band in conjunction with the original Broadway director, Tom O’Horgan. The following year, working with Gwen Verdon and the Bob Fosse Estate, she presented Sweet Charity and A Tribute to Bob Fosse. Simultaneously, she produced I Do, I Do and A Tribute To Marge and Gower Champion, working with the legendary Marge Champion. This string of successes was followed with the formation of Broadway Bound, Inc. in 1998, and establishing a resident theater company aboard the legendary ocean liner Queen Elizabeth 2. Over the next six years she created six original shows for her company, as well as a production of Enter The Guardsman that played simultaneously on QE2 and Off Broadway at the Vineyard Theater in New York.
In addition to her theatrical productions, Shier produced The Floating Jazz Festival, Big Bands At Sea, Dixieland At Sea, The Rhythm and Blues Cruise, Western Swing At Sea, and The Blues Cruise for Norwegian Cruise Line, Royal Caribbean International, Cunard, Royal Viking Line, Seabourn and others. She also produced special events at the Barcelona Olympics in 1996, and for many diverse clients around the world. For her ship clients she produced simultaneous Millennium celebrations on QE2, Caronia, and other Cunard and Seabourn ships.
In the mid-2000s Shier began to create events that would combine fine art and entertainment. She has worked closely with a number of visual artists and has been instrumental in arranging exhibitions for them in New York City, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Toronto, Paris, Milan, Oslo, Moscow, Cannes, Philadelphia, and even a small museum in a remote corner of Texas, as well as aboard the most prestigious ocean liners in the world.
In 2009 Shier became associated with The Remington Group, one of the foremost Canadian developers of residential, commercial and industrial real estate. Shier is creating a fine arts and entertainment program, as well as a gallery exhibition space in Downtown Markham, the new city Remington is developing in the Greater Toronto Area. Shier’s overall conception was to first commission what would come to be known as The Pride of Canada Carousel, the world’s first solar generated fine art carousel. While this masterpiece was being constructed, she assembled dozens of works of art for The Remington Group’s permanent art collection that is currently housed in the Remington Contemporary Art Gallery, which was formally opened in April 2015. The Pride of Canada Carousel opened to the public on Canada Day, Friday July 1st 2016 in Markham, Ontario. Among Shier's latest projects, is The Toronto Marriott Markham which features an extensive collection of Public Art. It opened to the public May 31, 2018. On December 13, 2018, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau visited The Pride of Canada Carousel in Downtown Markham as part of the Christmas event festivities.
When not producing large-scale music and art events, theatrical and film productions, Grammy nominated CDs, or developing new properties, Shier devotes her time to charitable causes, including special events for Save The Children, The Jazz Gallery, The Jazz Foundation of America, New York City’s Department of Cultural Affairs and the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts. A Black Belt in karate, in addition to teaching karate and kickboxing, she is also an accomplished equestrian. Shier is a member of Music On The Inside, Harmony and Hope in Criminal Justice, The Blues Foundation, and The National Alliance of Musical Theater. She is featured in Who’s Who In America, Who’s Who in Entertainment and Wikipedia.
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