Shelley was formerly the artistic director of the House Theatre of Chicago.
The nonprofit ensemble theatre, known for commitment to community and storytelling, will end its run in July, only a year after hiring a new artistic director.
The New York festival showcases developing directors in a bill that also includes plays by Aditi Brennan Kapil, Caryl Churchill, and Aimé Césaire.
Looking toward the future, Shelley hopes to create an inclusive atmosphere that cements the House Theatre of Chicago as a destination for artists to come and create.
Shelley takes over for founder Nathan Allen who stepped down last fall after 20 years as artistic director.