Photo by Pete Guither

Antony and Cleopatra – 2014 Illinois Shakespeare Festival

Director: Kevin Rich Scenic Design: Kristin Ellert Lighting Design: Sarah Maines Costume Design: Sandy Childers Composer/Music Director: Shannon O’Neill Composer/Asst. Music Director: Kieran Pereira Choreographer: Jean Kerr From the beginning we wanted this production of Antony and Cleopatra to be musical, but more rhythmic than melodic. We therefore kept hints of melody throughout the show, […]

Macbeth | Photo: Pete Guither

2013 Illinois Shakespeare Festival

Photo: Pete Guither |  As the sound designer/composer of the 2013 Illinois Shakespeare Festival, I sound designed all three shows (A Comedy of Errors, Macbeth, and Failure: A Love Story) on the main stage, and I composed music for two of the shows (A Comedy of Errors and Macbeth). The Festival is working to return to original practices with […]

A Midsummer Night's Dream | Photo: Pete Guither

A Midsummer Night’s Dream

Illinois State University School of Theatre and Dance Westhoff Theatre Director: Vanessa Stalling Scenic Design: Jen Kazmierczak Lighting Design: Caisa Sanburg Composer/Sound Design: Shannon Marie O’Neill (as Shannon O’Neill) Costume Design: Jamie Jones All photos on this page: Pete Guither   This production was unlike any other production of Midsummer you’ve ever seen. Imagine Puck […]


Documentary/Community Songwriting: The Earth is the Place Where We Live

While teaching in the public school system, I did an Earth Day unit with my students. I asked them to make suggestions about how we can save the planet. I then took the suggestions and arranged them into lyrics for a song that the class then learned. Here are the lyrics:   Verse 1: I’m […]

Baby, Baby

Written, recorded, edited, and performed by Shannon O’Neill. ℗ 2010 Shannon O’Neill I wrote this for a photography website. I was cycling through a bunch of pictures of kids and babies, and all of the happy parents in the pictures with said kids and babies. It made me think back to when I was young […]