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Thank you Voyage MIA Magazine for featuring me in your publication as the “Daily Inspiration.” I’m so grateful for the o...
03/07/2022

Thank you Voyage MIA Magazine for featuring me in your publication as the “Daily Inspiration.”

I’m so grateful for the opportunity to share my story and my business, Shady Theatrics!

Thank you to all the amazing people who helped me build Shady and to everyone who helped me keep it going during the last two years of unexpected adventures. My gratitude for you all is endless. 💚

Big thanks to my dear friend @McCall Maynor Dulkys for recommending me for this honor. Please checkout her incredible interior design company, Interiors By McCall.

http://voyagemia.com/interview/daily-inspiration-meet-shayla-benoit/

📸: Susan Stripling

01/11/2022
Hardy Weaver Meditation

I learned how to meditate from Hardy Weaver and it’s been an invaluable tool for me in the past 3 years. He’s a fantastic teacher, so please reach out to him if you’re looking to feel calmer and less stressed.

It was an honor to create this piece for him and so much fun to collaborate with so many loved ones. Thank you all for your time and wonderful energy.

First shoot back, and it feels really good and full of hope.

Filmed and edited by: Shayla Benoit Shady Theatrics

Additional footage by: Hardy Weaver

For the past few days, I did my first full film shoot post cancer. I can’t begin to tell you all the emotions that came ...
12/16/2021

For the past few days, I did my first full film shoot post cancer. I can’t begin to tell you all the emotions that came with it.

Doing what you love to do is truly such a gift, and I physically have not been able to do it for almost two years. I’ve been working on regaining my strength from the moment they placed a Picc Line in my arm and told me I couldn’t lift anything. I remember trying to pour a drink during chemo and my whole arm shook. I started building new skills because I didn’t know if I was going to be able to lift a camera again.

The scary part about cancer, chemo, and recovery is you don’t know what will come back or IF it will come back, so when I say I’ve been working literally EVERY SINGLE DAY to get better, I mean it. I’ve done PT, OT, walked, swam, lifted weights, stretched, danced, and climbed many stairs with a weighted back pack. All to be able to do something that I never thought twice about before. I never had to wonder, “Can I lift that?” And this is what I have to ask myself every day now.

To be able to carry this equipment and do a full shoot was an actual miracle for me. It was familiar and foreign at the same time. It was a physical and mental ball game. I went HARD for the first two hours and then had to take a break. As each day passed, I learned more and more about how to pace myself, when to take breaks, and how to allow myself to rest. I am learning this new body and how to operate it.

All of that was possible because I was filming for one of my best friends, the wonderful Hardy Weaver. I couldn’t have asked for a better first client back because I could take the breaks I needed and he would help me when I ran out of steam. It was comfortable, loving, and fun. Hardy was my caregiver my first week out of the hospital, and I’m so glad I could do something to try and repay his kindness and generosity.

And now I’m crying as I write this because I’m so grateful. Am I back to where I was before? Honestly, no. But do I have more hope that I will get there? I sure do. This was a huge initial step to take and I’m so proud of what I could do on my first shoot back. It is a night and day difference from last year and I will never take my body and what it can do for granted again.

So like Eminem, I have to ask,

🎵Guess who’s back? Back again?

SHADY’S BACK.

Tell a friend.🎵

📸: Hardy Weaver

6 years of Shady Theatrics LLC!It’s been a year of major growth, adapting, and learning! I can’t thank my clients and co...
12/07/2021

6 years of Shady Theatrics LLC!

It’s been a year of major growth, adapting, and learning!

I can’t thank my clients and collaborators enough for continuing to reach out and find new ways we can create together. I’m astounded by the kindness and generosity of you all.

I’m looking forward to where this next year takes us. All my love and gratitude to each and every one of you!

Thank you for keeping it Shady!

@shadytheatrics #shadytheatrics
📷: @mattwschmidtphoto

11/18/2021

The Paul Taylor American Modern Dance Virtual Gala is TONIGHT at 8pm!

The awesome team at Broadway Unlocked brought me on as the editor of "Promethean Fire." It's a stunning piece you don't want to miss.

Thanks to both of these teams for including me in something so special!

Tickets are FREE here:

https://secure.givelively.org/event/paul-taylor-dance-foundation-inc/modern-is-now-illumination/modern-is-now-illumination?fbclid=IwAR1BjSS5tmraFXjk0js4ocyK0wFDrBmSSb-zNU2Eg7t_6Q3oDZzfBuOFCiY

Hope you can join!

Today marks 5 years of Shady Theatrics LLC! I honestly can’t thank my collaborators and clients enough for the love and ...
12/07/2020

Today marks 5 years of Shady Theatrics LLC! I honestly can’t thank my collaborators and clients enough for the love and support over these last 5 years and ESPECIALLY this year. You rallied behind me, continued to hire me, and while I couldn’t physically film at the time, you gave me editing projects that I could complete on my own time. We still got a chance to create.

You all are a gift and kept me and this business going through a cancer diagnosis and a global pandemic. I am moved beyond words and I cannot thank you all enough.

Rest assured I am working every day and DOING MY BEST to build up my strength to get back to filming and creating with all of you amazing people. Thank you to everyone who has been a part of helping Shady grow to what it is. I’m excited for the future and can’t wait to get back to doing what I love with the people I love. We will have a big celebration when it’s safe and it’s time, but until then, please know you have my utmost love and gratitude. Thank you! Here’s to a bright Shady future!

11/12/2020

I was very proud to work on this mini-doc last fall with these incredible women and the amazing team at Dance Lab NY.

The pieces that these women choreographed were truly exciting and groundbreaking. I can’t wait to see where they take the face of ballet and the dance world.

Filmed by: Shady Theatrics , Shayla Benoit, Tim Grady, Rachel J Hanson, Jeffrey Nunez

Edited by: Shady Theatrics, Shayla Benoit

#Repost @dancelabny

ALCHEMY LABS// Last fall, DLNY partnered with @thejoycetheater Foundation to provide four female choreographers of color resources to explore the ballet idiom. The fruits of this opportunity were presented at the Guggenheim’s prestigious @worksandprocess series one year ago today.

This beautiful mini-documentary chronicles the choreographer’s experiences in #thelab and showcases the impact of having their talents supported and nurtured.

Featuring: @margaritadarmas @iamcourtneyrenee @amyhallgarner @vasudevan.preeti

Arts & Culture adds $877B in value to the economy, employs 5.1M people, and is 4.5% of the GDP. Marco Rubio, #RickScott ...
09/07/2020

Arts & Culture adds $877B in value to the economy, employs 5.1M people, and is 4.5% of the GDP. Marco Rubio, #RickScott Be An #ArtsHero and support the DAWN Act, allocating $43.85B in relief to the Arts. There can be no full American economic recovery without a robust Arts & Culture recovery.

Got a chance to teach a master class on self-tapes at my Alma mater yesterday with an awesome group of socially distance...
09/02/2020

Got a chance to teach a master class on self-tapes at my Alma mater yesterday with an awesome group of socially distanced students. It was great to be back in 088 even if it was over zoom. Thanks for having me Florida State University!!! GO NOLES!!!

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06/02/2020

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01/17/2020
Meet and Greet!

So pumped to be working on @plazasuitebway with @superawesomefriends !
This was such a cool day to capture. Get your tickets now!





#plazasuite #superawesomefriends #shadytheatrics #sarahjessicaparker #matthewbroderick #marcshaiman
#Repost @plazasuitebway with @get_repost
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🛎️ #CheckingIn to our cast and creative meet & greet! Only three weeks until performances begin at the @emersoncolonial and eight weeks until we’re on Broadway. We are looking forward to your visit.🥂#PlazaSuite #Suite719

01/16/2020
Broadway Photoshoot

So excited to be working on this show with @superawesomefriends ! Get your tickets for Company Broadway while you still can. This cast is stellar!





#companybroadway #superawesomefriends #shadytheatrics #film #musicals #pattilupone
#Repost @companybway with @get_repost
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🚪📸👯Door chimes, camera clicks, meet our company! Enjoy this behind the scenes look at our Broadway photoshoot! 🍸Performances begin March 2nd at the Jacobs Theatre. Link in bio for tix.
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#company #companybroadway #musical #stephensondheim #sondheim #revival #illdrinktothat #ladieswholunch #sidebyside #pattilupone #katrinalenk #marianneelliott

Thank you all for a great 2019! Here’s to an even better new decade in 2020!!! Happy New Year!!!
12/30/2019

Thank you all for a great 2019! Here’s to an even better new decade in 2020!!! Happy New Year!!!

Happy 4th Birthday, Shady Theatrics!!! Thank you to all the clients, collaborators, and friends who continue to support ...
12/07/2019

Happy 4th Birthday, Shady Theatrics!!! Thank you to all the clients, collaborators, and friends who continue to support me and this business in every way possible. I am continuously grateful for all of you and to do what I love with people I love.

THANK YOU!!

📸: The amazing Susan Stripling

Tonight’s Office. Happy Opening Only Human Musical!!!
10/22/2019

Tonight’s Office. Happy Opening Only Human Musical!!!

10/18/2019

About last night...

Happy Opening and Congrats to everyone involved with The Sound Inside!!!

Filmed by Shayla Benoit @Shady Theatrics
Edited by the amazing people at @superawesomefriends

#Repost @soundinsidebwy with @get_repost
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Opening night at The Sound Inside on Broadway. Now playing at #Studio54.
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#soundinsidebwy @willhochman #marylouiseparker #thesoundinside #broadway #play #openingnight #broadway2019 #adamrapp

09/10/2019

Just filming around midtown yesterday with the hilarious Gary Busey. You can check him out in @onlyhumanmusical playing at The St. Clement Theatre this fall! Thanks @superawesomefriends for having me!

If anyone needs me, I’ll just be over here crying and laughing at the 80+ thank you cards I received from the students a...
09/02/2019

If anyone needs me, I’ll just be over here crying and laughing at the 80+ thank you cards I received from the students at Gathered this summer.

This was the first card I opened up and I was NOT prepared. My job is to capture the moments and to be a fly on the wall while I doing so. Reading these cards taught me that THE CHILDREN ARE ALWAYS WATCHING, SO SET AN EXAMPLE TO BE PROUD OF.

They noticed everything including carrying heavy equipment by myself and a few of them even liked “my style.” 🤗😂❤️

These cards really were a treat to read, so thank you @sirroberttakespics and the whole @bwaycollective team for setting the example and teaching the children GRATITUDE.

I certainly am grateful today. Thank you.

I just found out that our video is in the top 15 finalists for Favorite Dance Concept Video at the Universal Dance Award...
09/01/2019
The Goin' is Great

I just found out that our video is in the top 15 finalists for Favorite Dance Concept Video at the Universal Dance Awards! It's being featured with some incredible choreographers including Brian Freedman. Thanks Kelsey Andres and Chip Abbott for letting me be a part of it!
If you have a second, please vote!

I’ve been learning so much from working press on @greatsocietybwy this week! I can’t wait to see this show AND they are ...
08/27/2019

I’ve been learning so much from working press on @greatsocietybwy this week! I can’t wait to see this show AND they are REGISTERING VOTERS! Come check out this play that follows LBJ, MLK, and The Voting Rights Act of 1965! It couldn’t be more relevant! Thanks @superawesomefriends for having me!

🤗🎥 Thank you, Bjorn Bolinder Find the Light - Photography by Bjorn Bolinder  for grabbing this moment!
08/20/2019

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Thank you, Bjorn Bolinder Find the Light - Photography by Bjorn Bolinder for grabbing this moment!

These people have my heart. They encourage, challenge, and lead with love. I’m very grateful to not only work with these...
07/15/2019

These people have my heart. They encourage, challenge, and lead with love. I’m very grateful to not only work with these amazing humans, but to call them friends. The Broadway Collective is truly making a difference. Thank you for letting me capture it.
📸: @findthelightphotography

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Applications are due by May 1 for DLNY's 2019 Broadway Choreography Intensive. The program is a one-of-a-kind, two-week intensive designed to give aspiring Musical Theatre choreographers (ages 18-29), unparalleled access to training from Broadway professionals. Visit the DLNY website to register! 📷: Shady Theatrics
The BDL Summer Choreography Intensive is one of the cornerstones of our programming - and it's a lot of fun! Be sure to visit our website and stay tuned for more information on how you can apply to be a part of this year’s program! ☀️ 📸: Shady Theatrics
For real though, this lady is THE best!!
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