Shirley Jo Finney Obituary: Distinguished Renowned Theatrical Director Passed Away From Leukaemia

Shirley Jo Finney Obituary
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Shirley Jo Finney Obituary, Death: Renowned international theater director Shirley Jo Finney, born in Merced, California, has died. Her works include “Hey Good Lookin’” (1982), “Nuts” (1987), and “Lou Grant” (1977).

Stephen Sachs posted on social media that Shirley Jo Finney had died after a long illness, “I am heartbroken beyond words to learn of her passing. I was so depressed. She has been my theater soul mate for 26 years.

Shirley Jo Finney born July 14, 1949, in Merced, California, is a renowned actress and award-winning theater, television, and film director.

McCarter Theatre, Pasadena Playhouse, Goodman Theatre, Alabama Shakespeare Festival, Cleveland Playhouse, Fountain Theatre, Los Angeles Theater Productions, Crossroads Theater Company, Humana Actors Theater of Louisville, Sundance Theater Workshop, The Mark Tapper Theater, the Kennedy Forum Center for the Performing Arts, and the Washington State Theater are just a few of the notable regional theaters where she has directed plays.

She also directed Winnie, a global opera performed entirely in South Africa based on the life of political icon Winnie Mandela.

Miss Finney has won numerous honors for her directing work, including the 2017 Denham Fellowship from SDCF, the Milton Katzlis Distinguished Career Award from the Los Angeles Theater Critics Circle, the Los Angeles Stage League Cheer Award, the Los Angeles Theater Review Home Awards, Los Angeles Weekly Awards, NAACP and Santa Barbara Independent Awards.

Social Media Tributes

In loving memory of Shirley Jo Finney, a true friend who filled our lives with smiles and kindness. Shirley Jo Finney had a heart of gold, always ready to lend a hand and share a laugh. Their warmth and caring nature made the world a better place. Though they may be gone, their spirit lives on in our hearts. Rest in peace, dear friend, you’ll always be remembered with love and gratitude.


Our hearts are heavy with the loss of our dear friend, Shirley Jo Finney. Their departure has left a void that words cannot fill. Shirley Jo Finney was a shining light in our lives, offering comfort in times of need and sharing laughter in times of joy. Their absence is deeply felt, but we find solace in the countless memories we created together.

As we grieve together, let us remember the joy they brought into our lives and the enduring bond of friendship we shared. Though they are no longer with us, their spirit lives on in the love and memories they leave behind. Rest in peace, dear Shirley Jo Finney.

Shirley Jo Finney’s Obituary and Funeral Arrangements will be released by the Family members.

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