Since 2007, Shannon has worked as a consultant, primarily working with small to mid-sized non-profit dance organizations writing grant proposals, prospect research, and developing fundraising plans. Projects range from writing proposals for a specific new program, to prospect research and fundraising guidance, to ongoing grantwriting and development work. Prior to her consulting work, Shannon managed the development department at Ballet Tech Foundation in New York City for seven years. Ballet Tech, founded by choreographer Eliot Feld, is a tuition-free ballet school and professional company. At Ballet Tech, Shannon was responsible for raising $1.5 – 2 million annually across all sectors.

She spearheaded the launch of an organizational website and e-newsletter and supported program development for the summer, after-school, and arts-in-education programs. During her graduate studies in arts management at American University in Washington, DC, she held a fellowship in the Department of Performing Arts, worked as a research assistant for Callahan Consulting for the Arts, and acted as temporary Assistant to the Artistic Director of The Discovery Theater at The Smithsonian. A former dancer and dance teacher, she also holds a BA in Dance from Mercyhurst College. She is a member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals.

All my clients come to me as referrals and most clients and I end up working together for many years.

I first contacted Shannon when our grant writer unexpectedly left in the height of grant season. Shannon stepped in and within a few days was up to speed and filled a critical gap. More than fill the gap, Shannon brought a fresh voice to our proposals that resulted in a significantly highter success rate. Shannon is well organized, a consummate professional and easy to work with. I would hightly recommend Shannon to anyone serious about improving grantwriting capacity.

Scott Fraser José Mateo Ballet Theatre

Shannon works with great focus and flexibility to circumstances with tremendous experience and insight. She successfully helped us garner new grants and connections. She is a pleasure to work with and represented us well in every situation.

Diane Coburn Bruning Chamber Dance Project

Shannon Sheridan’s expertise and experience in grant writing has been an extraordinary asset to our company. Her eloquent writing is clear and concise. Shannon is able to capture and communicate the essence of a creative project and translate it beautifully into the language necessary for a successful grant. She will do whatever it takes to make a deadline, and the added benefit of working with Shannon is that she is a delightful human being!

Robin Becker Robin Becker Dance

To contact Shannon to inquire about potential projects, please email