Sheila Rinear

Sheila Rinear

Sheila Rinear, playwright, screenwriter, and educator, was born and raised in Philadelphia, PA and currently works and writes in San Antonio during the school year; and spends her summers at the Jersey Shore.

While teaching in San Antonio, Sheila has continually written and been involved in the South Texas theater scene. Her stage plays have been developed and have won awards for production at...
Sheila Rinear, playwright, screenwriter, and educator, was born and raised in Philadelphia, PA and currently works and writes in San Antonio during the school year; and spends her summers at the Jersey Shore.

While teaching in San Antonio, Sheila has continually written and been involved in the South Texas theater scene. Her stage plays have been developed and have won awards for production at Stages (Houston); Texas Playwrights Festival (Big Bend, TX); The Playhouse (San Antonio, TX); Firelight Players (San Antonio, TX); The Backdoor (Wichita Falls, TX); The University of Oklahoma; and, Actors’ Theater (Tulsa, OK).
Sheila has been the recipient of 8 Arts Grants from the city of San Antonio for creation of performance art pieces that have been produced in the city’s last 9 annual Luminaria Festivals.

She was commissioned by Access to Art (NJ) to write her new full-length play, Bound by Truth, which received a workshop and reading with The Classic Theatre, San Antonio. She received a commission from The Playhouse San Antonio to write her full-length holiday-themed script, Merry Gentlemen, which premiered at The Overtime Theater, San Antonio. (December, 2016)

Her new full-length comedy, So When Are You Leaving?, was selected for staged readings at Cape May Stage, The Public Theatre of San Antonio, and at Second Act New Works Festival in St. George, Utah.

Sheila’s screenplay Chasing the Blues was a finalist in several competitions (More Women in Film; New Century; Austin Film Festival; and Texas Film Institute). Her screenplay Calais placed in the Nicholl and Chesterfield. Her screenplay, Sons of Treason, was a second-rounder at The Austin Film Festival as is her full-length play, Bound by Truth, a second-rounder in The AFF's playwriting competition.

She serves as The Dramatists Guild of America’s Representative for the Austin/San Antonio Region.

Plays

  • Bound by Truth
    Margaret More Roper stood alone in supporting her father, Sir Thomas More, in his moral convictions against King Henry VIII, the same king who was trying to seduce her. A literate woman in an age of male-dominated religious and political strife, Meg Roper steered the tide of feminine identity in early modern society. This is her story.

    This full-length play has a cast of 3...
    Margaret More Roper stood alone in supporting her father, Sir Thomas More, in his moral convictions against King Henry VIII, the same king who was trying to seduce her. A literate woman in an age of male-dominated religious and political strife, Meg Roper steered the tide of feminine identity in early modern society. This is her story.

    This full-length play has a cast of 3 Females, 5 Males, 2 Children (1 Female; 1 Male), and 1 Male or Female to play multiple minor roles.
    Setting requirements are a space/light stage with highly selected furniture and set pieces.
  • So When Are You Leaving?
    A lovably dysfunctional family gathers to celebrate both the 4th of July and their matriarch’s birthday not realizing their long-nurtured secrets and suspicions will erupt in fireworks more explosive than those they actually came to see.
  • Deities
    In 1555 at the English royal family’s run-down, secluded manor in Woodstock, a bond is forged between two of history’s most powerful women (Elizabeth I and Teresa of Avila, Spain) amidst storms of highly charged sexual passion and spiritual ecstasy. In an effort to save both their lives, the Spanish Nun Teresa tries to convert the English Princess. However, the young Princess shows a greater understanding of...
    In 1555 at the English royal family’s run-down, secluded manor in Woodstock, a bond is forged between two of history’s most powerful women (Elizabeth I and Teresa of Avila, Spain) amidst storms of highly charged sexual passion and spiritual ecstasy. In an effort to save both their lives, the Spanish Nun Teresa tries to convert the English Princess. However, the young Princess shows a greater understanding of religious tolerance than the church she is being forced to accept…a church that executes Jews and Muslims for not conforming to Christian doctrine. Together Elizabeth and Teresa face the harsh realities of religious and cultural prejudice that threaten their own and civilization’s future.
  • Merry Gentlemen
    Ben Dickens lost his wife, Isabelle, in a car crash on Christmas Eve. That was seven years ago. Since then Ben has focused only on his job, allowing his teenage son Tim to fend for himself. Isabelle appears to both her husband and son urging them to reach out to each other and mend their relationship…and it needs to happen by this soon-to-arrive Christmas when her Spirit must depart from their sphere for...
    Ben Dickens lost his wife, Isabelle, in a car crash on Christmas Eve. That was seven years ago. Since then Ben has focused only on his job, allowing his teenage son Tim to fend for himself. Isabelle appears to both her husband and son urging them to reach out to each other and mend their relationship…and it needs to happen by this soon-to-arrive Christmas when her Spirit must depart from their sphere for eternity.
    In this full-length play, heavily inspired by Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol, Ben and Tim Dickens’ paths mystically cross those of various characters who lead Ben and Tim out of their bleak, estrranged lives and into the Spirit of Christmas…with many laughs along the way.
  • Cries That Bind
    Grief Counselor Nell Hennessey’s Brother John went to serve in the Iraq war. After arriving home with an injury and PTSD, he slid into a long depression and took his life. Nell’s job is now all she has. Nell needs to be as effective as she can be in dealing with her brother’s death since she encourages her patients who have lost loved ones.
    Michael, Nell’s deceased brother’s best friend, challenges...
    Grief Counselor Nell Hennessey’s Brother John went to serve in the Iraq war. After arriving home with an injury and PTSD, he slid into a long depression and took his life. Nell’s job is now all she has. Nell needs to be as effective as she can be in dealing with her brother’s death since she encourages her patients who have lost loved ones.
    Michael, Nell’s deceased brother’s best friend, challenges Nell to move on from her grief so that he and Nell might have a romantic relationship. This challenge makes Nell realize she is so stuck in her own emotional paralysis that she hasn’t a clue how to “move on.” She also doesn’t know quite how to admit to Michael that she’s been seeing and talking with her brother’s ghost.
    This full-length play has a cast of 2 Females and 3 Males.
    Setting requirements are a space/light stage with highly selected furniture and set pieces.