Shawn Douglass is a director, actor, educator, and a Core Ensemble member emeritus with Remy Bumppo Theatre Company. His directing credits there include Chesapeake, The Philadelphia Story, and The Importance of Being Earnest, all of which were nominated for the Joseph Jefferson Award for Best Production. Also for Remy Bumppo: Shaw’s Pygmalion and You Never Can Tell, Caryl Churchill’s Love and Information, and Usman Ally’s Public Enemy, part of Remy Bumppo’s thinkTank, an annual project Shawn created and produced to present works addressing pressing issues such as immigration and national security.
Other credits include Three Views of the Same Object, Ten Questions to ask Your Biology Teacher About Evolution (Next Act Theatre, Milwaukee); Julius Caesar, The Diary of Anne Frank (Theatre at the Center); Love’s Labour’s Lost, Romeo and Juliet (Montana Shakespeare in the Parks); Jimmie Blues and the Strange Case of the Accidental Dancer (Jump Rhythm Jazz Project); Tintypes (Open Door Rep); and Talking Pictures (Little Lake Theater, Pittsburgh). Shawn teaches at Northwestern University.
Douglass’ adaptation of immigrant oral histories, An Immigrant Class, was the centerpiece of the first edition of Remy Bumppo’s 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.