Micki Shelton grew up in Scottsdale, Arizona. She holds a B.A. in English Literature and an M.A. in Education. She studied playwriting at South Coast Repertory’s Professional Conservatory, after which her first full-length play, Circles, was included in Ashland, Oregon’s 2nd Annual New Plays Festival.
After sojourning in Northern California, she returned to Arizona in 2001. Settling in Prescott, she served as board president of Arizona Classical Theatre, on the management team of the MAD Linguist, and as a member of the Mayor’s Arts Advisory Committee for the Prescott 2050 Visioning Group. In 2007, along with Charissa Menefee, she co-founded “Tomorrow’s Theater Tonight,” a monthly series of plays-in-progress read in Prescott that ran for 9 years.
Micki is an artistic member or Theatre Artists Studio in Scottsdale, AZ, where Medea’s Ghost premiered in 2010. In 2012, Fred and Mary: An Unconventional Romance about hotelier Fred Harvey and architect Mary Jane Colter received its world premiere at Prescott’s historic Elks Opera House as part of Arizona's Centennial Celebration.
She has written 7 full-length plays and about 20 short plays. Her short play, Evolution Fast Track was included in the summer of 2017 in both Theatre Artists Studio’s festival of Summer Shorts (June) and Little Black Dress INK’s 6th Annual Female Playwright’s ONSTAGE Festival (July). Theatre Artists Studio's 2018 Summer Shorts (June 14 - 24) included her play Jitterbug. Other shorts premiered in the Summers of 2022 and 2023. Her play La Posada will premiere at Prescott, Arizona's Elks Theatre on October 6, 2023.
Other credits include productions by City Lights Theatre Company (San Jose, CA), Arizona Classical Theatre (Prescott, AZ), South Coast Repertory's Summer Series (Santa Ana, CA), El Camino Real Playhouse (San Juan Capistrano, CA), the Phoenix Fringe Festival (Phoenix, AZ), several short plays at Theatre Artists Studio (Scottsdale, AZ), The@trics, and Prescott's one-day play festivals. Her new plays, Discovery and Cheap Food and Sex are ready for their first productions.