Shelley has helped bring box office sensations such as Shrek, Shark Tale, Kung Fu Panda, Madagascar and The Prince of Egypt to the big screen. A former freelance illustrator, her career in animation began in the early 1980s working with legendary director Richard Williams, and after serving as Head of Backgrounds on the Academy Award-winning Who Framed Roger Rabbit, she was headhunted to join Steven Spielberg's Amblimation Studio.
In 1995 she joined the team launching DreamWorks Animation as a major player in the film industry, and as co-head of Artist Development she worked in many areas of feature animation production at the studio. To date she has 31 feature animation film credits to her name. As Head of International Outreach at DreamWorks Animation, her projects included building relationships with animation schools and festivals worldwide, and sourcing new talent for future projects.
Shelley has a particular interest in student animation, and since 2013 has been a visiting professor at both Central St Martins and the Beijing Film Academy. She also sits on the graduation juries and advisory boards of many leading animation schools worldwide and is a regular member of selection juries at international animation festivals.
"What attracted me to Kingston was its close ties with industry. One of the greatest benefits of my education was being taught by academics who were mostly working professionals. Today, this has never been more important. I vividly remember having to work exceptionally hard at Kingston and being pushed to break the boundaries of what I believed myself capable of as an artist."