Shelagh O'Brien

Visiting Director in Residence

Shelagh O’Brien is a top-tier music and entertainment live television director, artistic director and producer based in Toronto, Canada. From Galas to Olympic Ceremonies to state celebrations in front of crowds numbering in the hundreds of thousands and watched by millions on television, she has directed specials with international super stars including Steve Martin, John Cleese, Christopher Plummer, Tina Fey, Jimmy Fallon, Whoopi Goldberg, Martin Short, Celine Dion, Leonard Cohen, Andrea Bocelli, Willie Nelson and numerous other artists of note.

Shelagh has been honoured by her peers with more than 20 awards and nominations, including 4 Gemini wins, in the categories of Best Director Variety, Best Director Comedy, Best Director Reality, and Best Director Non-Fiction. But perhaps the greatest acknowledgement of the versatility, creativity, originality and precision of Shelagh’s work comes from a glance down her attached credit list - producers and networks who hire her once just keep bringing her back.

Recent highlights for Shelagh include being the Creative Director for the Toronto Handover Ceremony at the last Pan Am Games Closing Ceremonies in Guadalajara, Mexico….a welcome foray into the world of artistic direction that she misses and loves. She also directed the live national broadcast of  the Canadian Country Music Awards in the fall of 2013, her 5th time directing that project, and she is already hired for 2014. She recently returned from Sochi, Russia – where she was hired by OBS (Olympic Broadcast Services) as Director 2 for the world feed of the Opening Ceremonies on the Olympic Winter Games, and as main world feed director of the nightly Medals Ceremonies – an exciting and vibrant assignment that garnered rave reviews worldwide.