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Playing God … and W
Actress Shannon Grounds on tackling a pair of the ultimate power roles – at once
"...Shannon Grounds is feeling mighty mighty these days, and why..."

June 24, 2005 Arts Feature by Robert Faires

Austin Theatres Are Moving the Stage Beyond Zoom
Companies thinking outside the boxes bring theatre to your radio, your mailbox, and your neighbor's yard
"...are locked and the curtains lowered, why not? As Shannon Grounds, Shrewd Productions' artistic director, says, "I think our..."

Sept. 11, 2020 Arts Feature by Robert Faires

Austin Critics Table Nominations, 2003-2004
The full list of nominations for the 2003-2004 Austin Critics Table Awards, recognizing outstanding achievements in local theatre, dance, classical music, and visual art
"...Shannon Grounds, Titus Andronicus/Blue Surge..."

May 14, 2004 Arts Feature by Robert Faires

Why the Shrewds are doing a play with a giant talking hen and how one plays her
"...Producer/actor Shannon Grounds: The first thing that grabbed me was the..."

Sept. 10, 2010 Arts Feature by Katherine Catmull

Where Are They Now?
Cyndi Williams' play 'Where Are They Now?,' based on the Parker-Hulme murder case, is a true crime drama that isn't about who done it but who survives it
"...act was such that one can see why actress Shannon Grounds would be drawn to the story and ask..."

March 24, 2006 Arts Review by Robert Faires

Keri Russell plays a woman who vacations in a Jane Austen fantasy camp, but the film is lacking in sense and sensibility.
" stage crew, charged with tending to stable animals, grounds maintenance, and thirtysomething singletons who suffer existential crises when..."

Sept. 6, 2013 Movie Review by Kimberley Jones

Reina Hardy
For this Michener Playwriting Fellow, autumn brings local premieres of two of her plays
"...had me send some of my other work to Shannon Grounds at Shrewd. Shannon was originally just going to..."

Aug. 30, 2013 Arts Feature by Robert Faires

Shrewd Productions' Alabaster
This deeply felt staging of Audrey Cefaly's new play brings us into a home where loss lives to show us when to leave
"...Shannon Grounds' Alice takes most of June's wariness and sniping..."

March 6, 2020 Arts Review by Robert Faires

Stillborn: a bedtime story
The title of Monika Bustamante's 'Stillborn' is no pun but a promise of what is to come: two hours of anger, rape, murder, and stillbirth that is upsetting, dark, and, unfortunately, not illuminating
" provide a bit of light in the darkness. Shannon Grounds plays Maria, who is suspicious and sarcastic from..."

Oct. 13, 2006 Arts Review by Hannah Kenah

Much Ado About Nothing
J. Damian Gillen's take on Much Ado About Nothing derives its inspiration from Hollywood screwball comedies of the 1930s and 1940s, and almost pulls it off
"...alone on the stage, speaking just to the audience. Shannon Grounds' Beatrice is a red-haired vixen who softens around..."

July 30, 2004 Arts Review by Barry Pineo

Shrewd Productions' Jump
In Charly Evon Simpson's drama, characters caught in the dark currents of grief and depression seek a way through
"...clear in the script – as Shrewd Artistic Director Shannon Grounds does in her staging – that such issues..."

Sept. 20, 2019 Arts Review by Robert Faires

Shrewd Productions' The Afterparty
We’re invited to hobnob with history’s great minds up on the astral plane
"...distant that they challenge human understanding. To poet Claire (Shannon Grounds), they are mythological beings, mortals tossed from Earth..."

June 29, 2018 Arts Review by Elizabeth Cobbe

Shrewd Productions’ The Revolutionists
This staging of Lauren Gunderson’s satire proves the pen is mightier than the guillotine
"...Gricelda Silva (a scrappy and stab-happy Charlotte Corday), and Shannon Grounds (who comically softens Marie Antoinette, taking her from..."

June 16, 2017 Arts Review by T. Lynn Mikeska

Reina Hardy's update on 'Beauty and the Beast' is fascinating, but the premiere is oddly lacking given the talents involved
" a witch (Lana Dieterich), and the new neighbor (Shannon Grounds) has some beauty of her own to offer...."

Sept. 6, 2013 Arts Review by Elizabeth Cobbe

The Dragon Play
Jenny Connell's drama lets us see ourselves reflected in the mythical beast's scales
"...In her directorial debut, Shrewd Productions Artistic Director Shannon Grounds keeps well-focused on the drama's emotional stakes, a..."

April 13, 2012 Arts Review by Robert Faires

The revival of this gender-play comedy still tastes freshly squeezed
"...who plays his rough-and-tumble bully, Elliot, to a T. Shannon Grounds' ability to turn on a dime from one..."

Sept. 16, 2011 Arts Review by Adam Roberts

A gay elementary school love story with palpable resonance for everyone
"...a cross between Carmen Miranda and Ethel Merman, and Shannon Grounds, playing multiple roles, including a ravenous spider and..."

Sept. 17, 2010 Arts Review by Barry Pineo

The Long Now
Beth Burns' play has the seed of a unique love story, but it still needs developing
"...Tish (Shannon Grounds) is a twitchy file clerk who enjoys a..."

May 29, 2009 Arts Review by Elizabeth Cobbe

Twelfth Night
Scottish Rite Theatre serves up Shakespearean comedy with actors who know their stuff
"...a shipwreck. (More plays should begin with shipwrecks!) Viola (Shannon Grounds), an innocent maid from a noble house, decides..."

Aug. 15, 2008 Arts Review by Elizabeth Cobbe

Blue Surge
Director Ken Webster has made a career out of discovering quirky, funny scripts by young playwrights that entertain as they offer insight into our culture, and that describes Rebecca Gilman's Blue Surge perfectly
"...piece of casting. Both Mical Trejo as Doug and Shannon Grounds as Heather provide consistently entertaining comic moments, and..."

April 2, 2004 Arts Review by Barry Pineo

With tempOdyssey, which follows a temporary office worker named Genny through her first and only day in a new office, Dan Dietz has written an amazing play, and the amazingly talented cast gets this world premiere off to a great start, but an interminable second act makes this voyage one you'll be glad is over.
"...elicits raucous laughter as a scientist explaining black holes; Shannon Grounds matches Bartholomee in the role of a temp..."

June 13, 2003 Arts Review by Barry Pineo

More Places at the Table
The Austin Critics Table is about to hand out its annual awards for achievement in the arts for the 10th year, and the list of nominees is longer than ever.
"...Shannon Grounds, The London Cuckolds..."

May 24, 2002 Arts Feature by Robert Faires

Wit: Who We Might Yet Become
Margaret Edson's drama Wit could be just another story about someone dying of a dreadful disease, but director Michael Bloom stages the State Theater Company production with the skilled and experienced hands of a surgeon and Megan Cole's striking performance as the terminally ill poetry scholar makes us face our own mortality and makes two hours feel like one.
"...experienced in a theatre; and nurse Susie, played by Shannon Grounds, the only non-Equity actor among the four, who..."

May 25, 2001 Arts Review by Barry Pineo

Body and Soul
The Subterranean Theatre Company production of John Mighton's Body and Soul is provocative and features a talented cast, but it never lets us get to know the play's characters.
"...often steals the scene right out from under everyone. Shannon Grounds, as a virtual reality scientist, turns in an..."

Oct. 13, 2000 Arts Review by Barry Pineo

Applause! Applause!
The full list of winners for the 2003-2004 Austin Critics Table Awards, recognizing outstanding achievements in local theatre, dance, classical music, and visual art
"...Shannon Grounds, Titus Andronicus/Blue Surge..."

June 11, 2004 Arts Feature by Robert Faires

Cream of the Crop
Nominations for the 2005-2006 Austin Critics Table Awards
"...Shannon Grounds, Where Are They Now?..."

May 19, 2006 Arts Feature by Robert Faires

"...programs excitingly brought to life by Bob Gutierrez and Shannon Grounds. The plot alone is a lot of information..."

Dec. 19, 1997 Arts Review

Slow Night at McLaughlin's: Sweet and Stout
Reviews of recent and ongoing exhibitions and performances around Austin
"...their roles. As the surrogate mother to the boys, Shannon Grounds offers up her heart in a nuanced performance..."

Oct. 1, 1999 Arts Review by Sarah Hepola

Art To Enchant
The winners of the 2010-11 Austin Critics Table Awards
"...Shannon Grounds, MilkMilkLemonade..."

June 10, 2011 Arts Feature by Robert Faires

Top of the Line
The nominees for the 2011 Austin Critics Table Awards
"...Shannon Grounds, MilkMilkLemonade..."

May 27, 2011 Arts Feature by Robert Faires

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