Core Ensemble Since 2001
Birthplace: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Latest News: Shawn will be directing William Saroyan’s The Beautiful People at Edge of the Wood Theatre, and performing in Bloomsday at Remy Bumppo, both in the winter/spring of 2018. In the meantime, he continues to teach acting to theatre majors at Northwestern University.
Productions with Remy Bumppo
Director: Pygmalion, Love and Information, You Never Can Tell, Chesapeake, The Importance of Being Earnest, The Philadelphia Story
Actor: Born Yesterday, The Life of Galileo, 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 (for Remy Bumppo’s thinkTank series)
After Dark Award — Man and Superman
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. In addition to shows listed above, Shawn 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.
Credits elsewhere include Jimmie Blues and the Strange Case of the Accidental Dancer (Jump Rhythm Jazz Project); Ten Questions to Ask Your Biology Teacher About Evolution; 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. Other credits include: Johnny Case in Holiday, Felix Humble in Humble Boy, Charles in The Clean House, Galileo in The Life of Galileo, and Devery in Born Yesterday. 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.