Shelby Corcoran
General Information
Gender: Female
Age: 43
Hair Color: Brown
Eye Color: Hazel
Height: 5'4.5"
Address: New York
Occupations: Broadway Daycare Owner
Former Director of The Troubletones and Vocal Adrenaline
Aliases: Miss Corcoran
Ms. C (Puck, Quinn)
Mom (Rachel)
Family & Friends
Family: Rachel Berry
(biological daughter)
Beth Corcoran
(adopted daughter)
Relationships: Noah Puckerman
(kissed, sexual)

Will Schuester
(make out session)
Hiram Berry
(father of Rachel)
LeRoy Berry
(father of Rachel)
Multiple gay show choir directors (make out sessions)

Friends: Jesse St. James
Will Schuester
Rachel Berry
Noah Puckerman
Shannon Beiste
Sugar Motta
Mercedes Jones
Santana Lopez
Brittany Pierce
Enemies: Quinn Fabray (ended)
Other Information
Interests: Glee Club
Talent: Singing, Performing Arts
Strengths: Singing, Theatricality
Weaknesses: Beth and Rachel
Series Information
First episode: Hell-O
Last episode: Sweet Dreams
Portrayer: Idina Menzel

You will never become a star if you play it safe.

—Shelby Corcoran, I Am Unicorn

Shelby Corcoran is a recurring character on Glee. the former coach of The Troubletones and Vocal Adrenaline, she now runs a Broadway daycare centre. She is the biological mother of Rachel and the adoptive mother of Puck and Quinn's daughter, Beth.

She is introduced as the director of Vocal Adrenaline. She is very talented, a trait passed on to her daughter, Rachel. She is just as competitive, although she doesn't resort to the underhanded tactics that her daughter will sometimes use against her opponents. Shelby resigned her job in order to start a new family with adopting Quinn's and Puck's newly born daughter, Beth at the end of Season One. In Season Three, She is hired as the all-girl glee club The Troubletones director at William McKinley High School. She departed McKinley in the eighth episode of Season Three, Hold on to Sixteen. She later reappeared in Season Four in the nineteenth episode, Sweet Dreams, to help Rachel with her Funny Girl audition. It is revealed that now she runs a Broadway daycare centre in New York, living a really good life. 

She is portrayed by Tony Award-winning actress, Broadway star, and singer Idina Menzel.



Will Schuester

Main article: Shelby-Will Relationship (Willby/Welby)

They make out in Hell-O, but Shelby pulls back when she finds out he's just divorcing his wife. She suggest him to call her as soon as he sorted everything out. In Season Three, their Glee Clubs compete against each other.

Noah Puckerman

Main article: Puck-Shelby Relationship (Shuck)

When Shelby comes back to Lima, she let's Puck see Beth, and then she falls for him while he is singing Waiting for a Girl Like You and they share a kiss. Later he dedicates Hot for Teacher and I'm the Only One to her. Puck tries to pursue Shelby for a couple episodes and succeeds, but after sleeping together, Shelby calls it a mistake and ends their relationship. 


Total - 8


  • She often wears the colors black or purple.
  • She is left-handed. (Asian F)
  • She plays the piano. (Mash Off)
  • After giving up Rachel, she cut her hair like Sinéad O'Connor and got a Regis Philbin tattoo, similar to Quinn in early Season Three. (I Am Unicorn)
  • She was told by Sugar that her voice has a "nasally quality."
  • She was former show choir coach of Vocal Adrenaline before adopting Beth and then stepping down.
  • She can't do math without a calculator. (Funk)
  • In the original pilot episode script, Rachel's mom was supposed to be called Amber. However, she didn't share many characteristics with Shelby.
  • Even though she failed as an actress and never married, Shelby's only regret in life is giving up Rachel.


I want you to look so talented, it's hurting you, I want a look so optimistic it could cure cancer.

—Shelby Corcoran, Hell-O

Are you gay? Because most of the show choir directors I make out with are gay.

—Shelby Corcoran (to Will), Hell-O

I failed as an actress. My walls are lined with trophies instead of wedding pictures. But through all of that, I only have one regret. You get her to listen to that tape!

—Shelby Corcoran, Dream On

Hi baby. It's your mom. I think this pretty much says it all.

—Shelby Corcoran, Dream On

Ladies, I don't want to hear complaints about chafing because you're being forced to wear metal underwear.

—Shelby Corcoran (to Vocal Adrenaline Girls), Theatricality

They actually sent a head hunter to track me down in New York.

—Shelby to Will, I Am Unicorn

First step to becoming an adult, stop punishing yourself for things you did when you were a child.

—Shelby to Quinn, I Am Unicorn.

You will never become a star or get the lead if you play it safe

—Shelby Corcoran, I am Unicorn

Sugar: I am a shining star
I am a shining star
I am a shining star
Shelby: Stop stop stop!
I am a shining star
I am a shining star
Do you hear the difference?
Sugar: Yes, I sound good!

Sugar and Shelby, I Am Unicorn

Nobody's hopeless.

—Shelby Corcoran, I Am Unicorn

Enjoy your enormous bowl of disgusting creamy pasta.

—Shelby to Coach Beiste, Asian F

I am sorry, Quinn.

—Shelby to Quinn, Hold on to Sixteen

Quinn: You shouldn't have come here with her! I would've been fine! What you did was wrong, what you're doing with Puck is wrong!
Shelby: You're so young. Pretty.
Quinn: Don't talk down to me!
Shelby: It goes away you know. Not the pretty, you'll always be pretty. But the young. It happens really slow and you don't even notice it. And then one day... everything just feels... different.
Quinn: I can't wait to feel different!
Shelby: Don't wish away your life. You're exactly where you're supposed to be.

I have no regrets!

—Shelby to Rachel, Sweet Dreams


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