Colette Weber Shaw (b. 1999) is an award-winning Playwright and artist based in New York. Colette’s writing explores themes of magical realism, young adults struggling with identity, and personal transformation. Her play How Not to be a Junkyard Dog, a coming of age story about a group of young surfers trying to find a lost dog, won the national 2018 Young Playwright’s Festival produced by the Blank Theater. She was a 2019 Semi-Finalist for the Young Playwright’s Festival and a Semi-Finalist in 2018 for the 35th Annual California Young Playwrights Contest for her play, The Night Shade Family, another coming of age story about a teenage girl grappling with her grandmother’s dementia diagnosis. In the summer of 2019, Colette co-produced August Fest, hosted by Off Stage Works at the Young Actors Studio in North Hollywood. In addition to producing the festival, she had her play Cervus Canadensis performed in a full production as well as directing another playwrights’ work at the festival. In fall 2021, Colette's full-length play Treehouse, the story of two best friends navigating their relationship within the walls of their shared treehouse, was given a full production at Sarah Lawrence College.
Colette Weber Shaw is currently studying at Sarah Lawrence College, and previously attended The National Theater Institute, The New School Summer Filmmaking Intensive, and California State Summer School of the Arts at CalArts.
Meet Skylar and Olive, childhood best friends who spend all their time together in Olive's treehouse. Each floorboard and plank is full of memories—some joyful, some unbearably painful. As the girls grow up and apart, will the treehouse become a place of childhood nostalgia, or of childhood trauma?