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Columbia College Chicago
Brian Shaw

Brian Shaw

Brian Shaw

Professor 

Brian teaches acting, physical theater, theater history and community-based performance. Brian received his M.A. from DePaul University for New Learning. He is the recipient of the 2003 Excellence in Teaching Award from Columbia College. Brian is a member of the physical theater company Plasticene, whose work has performed in Chicago, New York, and Edinburgh. 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 played the leading role in the independent feature film "The Defiled", which is an official selection of numerous film festivals in the US and abroad. He has shot several commercials and industrial films.
In 2001, he developed an exchange program with the Academy of Arts in Novi Sad, Serbia. In 2003, under his direction, students from the Academy and the Theater Department collaborated to create a production for the INFANT festival. Brian developed the Department's ongoing exchange programs with the University of East London and the Dublin Institute of Technology. He helped develop the Comedy Studies program run in partnership with Second City. Brian also works with the College's Center for Community Arts Partnerships, developing programs with community-based organizations to engage students and faculty in the creation of youth theater.

www.plasticene.com
www.thedefiled.com
www.comedystudies.com