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Northwestern School of Communication

Shawn Douglass

Assistant Professor of Instruction
Understanding the growth of the creative impulse over time via interviews with actors who have established, or are working toward establishing, themselves in the acting profession. AN ACTOR'S ARC is available on YouTube or Apple Podcast as an educational tool for aspiring actors, and as an entertaining and informative oral history of a life in the arts for a general audience.



Area(s) of Expertise

Acting, Directing
Shawn Douglass

Shawn Douglass is an actor, director, and adapter for the stage, working throughout the Midwest. He was a founding member of Artistic Associate of Chicago’s Remy Bumppo Theatre Company where he acted and directed over 18 seasons. Three productions were nominated for the Joseph Jefferson Award. In 2021 Shawn created the YouTube and Apple Podcast series An Actor’s Arc which traces the artistic journey of working actors over the course of their professional careers and experience. His adaptations have been presented by the Chicago Humanities Festival, Remy Bumppo, and Northwestern University.


  • MFA, University of Missouri-Kansas City
  • BA, Mount Union College (Alliance, OH)

Awards and Honors

  • After Dark Award, Best Actor (John Tanner, Man and Superman)


  • THEATRE 143: Acting: Basic Techniques
  • THEATRE 243-1,2,3: Acting I: Principles of Characterization
  • THEATRE 341-1,2,3: Acting II: Analysis and Performance
  • THEATRE 349-1,2,3: Acting III: Problems in Style