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Shawn Douglass

Artistic Associate Since 2001

Birthplace: Pittsburgh, PA

Productions with Remy Bumppo


Director: You Never Can Tell, Chesapeake, The Importance of Being Earnest, The Philadelphia StoryAn Immigrant Class (co-directed with Usman Ally), A Child's Christmas in Wales (2002-04)


Actor: The Clean House, Changes of Heart, Night and Day, Aren't We All?, Humble Boy, Major Barbara, Holiday, Man and Superman


Adaptation: An Immigrant Class


Shawn’s directing credits at Remy Bumppo include Chesapeake, The Philadelphia Story and The Importance of Being Earnest, all of which were nominated for the Joseph Jefferson Award for Best Production. Also for Remy Bumppo, Shawn directed Shaw’s You Never Can Tell, and co-directed Usman Ally’s solo performance piece, Public Enemy, as part of Remy Bumppo’s thinkTank, an annual project he created and produced to present works addressing pressing issues such as immigration and national security.  

Other credits include Three Views of the Same Object (Next Act Theatre, Milwaukee); Love’s Labour’s Lost and Romeo and Juliet (Montana Shakespeare in the Parks); Tintypes (Open Door Rep); Julius Caesar and The Diary of Anne Frank (Theatre at the Center); and Talking Pictures (Little Lake Theater, Pittsburgh).

Shawn’s adaptation of immigrant oral histories, An Immigrant Class, was the centerpiece of the first edition of thinkTank. His most recent adaptation is of Mark Twain’s A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court, which was read at the Chicago Humanities Festival, and later produced at Northwestern University as part of the Wallis Works-in-Progress series.

As an actor at Remy Bumppo, Shawn won an After Dark Award for his performance as John Tanner in Man and Superman and was nominated for a Jeff for the role of Adolphus Cusins in Major Barbara. He appeared on stage for three seasons at Wisconsin's American Players Theatre and at many Chicago venues including the Court, Writers', and Northlight theatres.  Shawn teaches acting at Northwestern University.


After Dark Award -- Man and Superman

Watch a video interview with Shawn as he discusses The Philadelphia Story (Nov 07) >
Listen to Shawn discuss thinkTank on WBEZ's Hello Beautiful! (Spring 07) >

Latest News

Shawn recently was seen in a reading of Skye Robinson Hills' new play Escape Velocity for Route 66 Theatre Company.  He also directed the world premiere of Stephen Massicotte's Ten Questions to ask your Biology Teacher about Evolution at Next Act Theatre in Milwaukee.


Performance Photos of Shawn Douglass

Changes Of Heart: Nicholas Gamboa and Shawn DouglasNight & Day: Shawn Douglass, photo by Johnny KnightNight & Day: Shawn Douglass and Earnest Perry Jr., photo by Johnny KnightThe Importance of Being Earnest, directed by Shawn Douglass: Paul Hurley, Linda Gillum, and Greg Matthew Anderson. Photo by Johnny KnightThe Importance of Being Earnest, directed by Shawn Douglass: Kelsey Brennan, Paul Hurley, and Greg Matthew Anderson. Photo by Johnny KnightARENT WE ALL: Linda Gillum, Elaine Robinson, Shawn Douglass (2005)HUMBLE BOY: Shawn Douglass, Deanna Dunagan (2005)HOLIDAY: Linda Gillum, Shawn Douglass (2002)
MAN AND SUPERMAN: David Darlow, Anne Fogarty, Shawn Douglass (2000)