Shelby Brammer served as ACC Drama Department Chair from 2000 - 2012. Born in Austin, Texas, she attended high school in Washington, D.C., was a Drama major at the University of Texas Theatre Department, and worked professionally as an actress/writer/director in New York City from 1976-1990, appearing in film, theatre and television, including as a regular on the ABC TV series, Breaking Away. In 1992, she returned to graduate school at the University of Iowa Playwrights Workshop where she was also a Directing major and graduated with an MFA in 1995. She returned to Austin and taught Screenwriting at ACC until becoming Drama Department Chair. She has directed and produced many shows for the department, including Lysistrata, Suburbia, A Phoenix Too Frequent, Celebration, Anything Goes, Hair, Blood Wedding, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, Proof, Under the Gaslight, Mauritius, and The Lucky Spot. She is currently preparing to direct Locked in the Arms of a Crazy Life: poems by Charles Bukowski, to be presented in October 2012.