Brian Shaw


Brian Shaw recently played Clov in a critically acclaimed production of Endgame with The Hypocrites. Brian was a founding member of the physical theater company Plasticene, with whom he created and performed original work for 17 years. Brian has performed with numerous theaters in Chicago, the Festival of the Americas in Montreal and the Hispanic Theater Festival in Miami. He appeared off-Broadway at the Barrow Street Theatre in The Strangerer by Mickle Maher. He has worked with choreographers Carrie Hanson, Rachel Damon, Jan Erkert, Julia Rhoads and Nana Shineflug. He directed the short film Four Monologues about Russian poets in the Stalinist period, written by Aram Saroyan.  He has appeared in Chicago Fire, Boss and Detroit 1-8-7, as well as numerous independent films, commercials—and spots for The Onion. He plays the leading role in the independent feature film The Defiled directed by Julian Grant. The Defiled was an official selection of the Chicago International Film Festival, the Bram Stoker Film Festival and various other festivals. His most recent directing project was Terminal One, which performed in Dublin and Chicago with a mixed cast of students from each city. He has developed exchange programs with the Academy of Arts in Novi Sad, Serbia, the University of East London, Dublin Institute of Technology and Rose Bruford College. Brian is a Professor in the Theatre Department of Columbia College.