theatre 

Justin Shaw is a theatre actor, producer, administrator, writer, and educator.

recent roles 

Salt-Water Moon by David French; The Guild Summer Festival 2019

It’s a splendid, moon-filled night at Coley’s Point, Newfoundland in August, 1926. Eighteen-year old Jacob Mercer has returned from Toronto to the tiny outport, hoping to win back his former sweetheart, Mary Snow. But Mary has become engaged to wealthy Jerome McKenzie, and she is still hurt and bewildered by Jacob’s abrupt departure a year earlier. She will not be easily wooed.

Shaw and co-star Helen Killorn produced this classic piece of Canadian theatre with support from the Theatre Engaging Communities grant, and was originally produced in partnership with the Fort Mcmurray Heritage Society at the Fort Mcmurray Heritage Shipyard.

"... the main attractions are French’s smart, funny, heartfelt script and the charming, genuine performances from Killorn & Shaw"

- Sean McQuaid, The Buzz

Culture Shock by Lorne Elliott; Harmony House Theatre 2019

Culture Shock is a full cast comedic performance by three actors, Lorne Elliott, Paul Broadbent, and Justin Shaw, playing nine characters in this hilarious tale. It’s the tale of Hillyard Philpott, a lad from Newfoundland who, bored with life in his outport, hits the road for Montreal to seek fame and fortune armed only with his wits. Hillyard's wits being what they are, one could expect nothing but trouble. However, things are never what they seem...
 

The Globe and Mail, The Guardian, and CBC Radio have called it "A maritime classic" and "A wacky sendup" and described it as creating "continuous laughter."

 education 

National Theatre School of Canada - Acting, 2017

Justin is a graduate of the 2017 National Theatre School of Canada's Acting Program. During his three years of training, he worked under the leadership of Artistic Director Alisa Palmer. He is trained in Shakespeare under the tutelage of David Latham and Ian Watson exploring Shakespeare's text through studies of As You Like It and full production of King Lear. He also worked on productions including Loveplay (Anne-Marie Kerr) The Laramie Project (Djanet Seares) Exit The King (Brendan Healey) and These Peaceable Kingdoms (Andrea Donaldson).

 

Outside of the National Theatre School of Canada, much of Shaw's early training began at the University of Prince Edward Island under the direction of Dr. Gregory Doran and Vagabond Productions.

 Original works 

The Wrestling Play by Justin Shaw

Charles is a discontent English teacher whose wanderlust is only matched by his deep-seated love for professional wrestling. After a life-altering decision to chase his dream of becoming a pro-wrestler, Charles finally steps out of his comfort zone, and into the great unknown.

This piece began development in 2015 with the Playwrights Workshop Montreal young creators unit. It was then featured in the 2017 Island Fringe Festival where it earned the Patron's Pick distinction. It was later featured in the 2017 Alberta Culture Days at the Suncor Energy Centre for the Performing Arts. In 2019, it was featured in Edmonton's Nextfest Arts Festival, then in Fort McMurray's Midnight Madness as part of the YMM Food Festival. Most recently, it was presented in St. Peter's Courthouse Theatre on Prince Edward Island.

"Smart, tight, interesting, funny, dramatic, unpredictable script and a bravura performance. You should really see this wonderful piece of theatre." - Rob MacDonald, Annekenstein's Monster

"Terrific show... highly recommend it." - Dave Stewart, And Yet I Blame Hollywood

"I gladly joined in Shaw's richly deserved standing ovation." - Sean McQuaid, The Buzz

Spare Change by Justin Shaw

Justin Shaw takes his audience on a mad-cap journey on what it means to let go admit that they have no idea what they are doing, while challenging what it really means to listen and be present with someone in need.

 

This performance was part of a Spare Change: An Evening of Comedy held on April 4, 2018 at the Keyano Recital Theatre. This event was a fundraiser presented by Some Other Solutions, a mental health and crisis prevention non-profit located in Fort McMurray, Alberta. Funding for this event was made possible by Suncor. 

A Knight to Remember by Diana Moser & Justin Shaw

Eleanor is a young peasant girl with has taken on the arrogant king's challenge of slaying the dragon that threatens the kingdom. What she does not realize is that the real threat to the kingdom rest solely at the throne...​

This production was presented by Theatre; Just Because in support of Waypoints Family Crisis Centre located in Fort Mcmurray, Alberta. Proceeds for this event were used in the funding of a new state-of-the-art women's shelter.

Ahoy! A Pirate's Life For Me! by Justin Shaw

Captain Truman is excited for the inaugural voyage of the S.S Mortas, a former warship turned cruise ship, that is set to take on the high seas. However, with the unexpected arrival of menacing pirates, Truman soon discovers that his past has a way of catching up with him...

 

This production was presented by Theatre; Just Because in support of Waypoints Family Crisis Centre located in Fort Mcmurray, Alberta. Proceeds for this event were used in the funding of a new state-of-the-art women's shelter.

alf A Star by Justin Shaw & Benton Hartley

A half a star review of their theatre performance rips apart two best friends and collaborators who, after a strange turn of events, must reunite and bring the show back on its feet.

This play was written and performed by long-time friends and collaborators Justin Shaw and Benton Hartley, and was presented at the 2018 Island Fringe Festival.