• Christopher Shaw

Christopher Shaw

Assistant Professor of Theatre Practice in Acting & Directing


Christopher Shaw is an assistant professor of theatre practice at the USC School of Dramatic Arts in Acting and Directing.

Shaw has worked professionally in theatre, film and TV in N.Y. and L.A., as well as numerous regional theatres throughout the United States. Recent work includes originating the role of Tchaikovsky in the world premiere of Tommy Smith’s Fugue with the award-winning Echo Theater Company in Los Angeles, and as a director: Passion Play (USC BFA Senior Rep 2017), Escape From Happiness (USC BFA Senior Rep 2016), Nora (CSULB MFA 2017), How to Disappear Completely and Never be Found (CSUF BFA 2016), The Riot Club (CSUF BFA 2015) and Farragut North (CSUF BFA 2014).

Other acting credits include numerous productions of Marvin’s Room at Minetta Lane Theatre in NYC, The Kennedy Center and Seattle Rep., The Nancy Keystone and Critical Mass production of Apollo at The Kirk Douglas Theatre and Portland Center Stage, War Music at Geffen Playhouse, the original Echo Theater Company production of War Music (Ovation Award for Best Ensemble and Best Play), The 39 Steps at Ensemble Theatre Santa Barbara, Blackbird at Cal Rep, The Time of Your Life, and Happy End (Best Ensemble and Revival awards) at Pacific Resident Theatre, Walking the Dead at Circle Rep (NYC), Painted Rain at Playwrights Horizons (NYC), Romeo and Juliet at The NY Public, three seasons at the Eugene O’Neill Theatre Center and productions at The Long Wharf, Baltimore Center Stage, and Rogue Machine. Film and TV include the CBS mini series Bella Mafia with James Marsden and Vanessa Redgrave, the WB feature Dogfight with River Phoenix and Lili Taylor.

Shaw trained at Circle in the Square Theatre School in NYC, North Carolina School of the Arts in Winston-Salem NC, and earned his MFA from CSULB. He has worked with a myriad of excellent teachers including Nikos Psacharopoulos, Michael Kahn, Slava Dolgachev, Ron Van Lieu, Hugh O’Gorman, Alexandra Billings, Paola Coletto, Mateo Destro and Chris Fields. He continues to study as actor and teacher, including participating in The National Alliance of Acting Teachers Teacher Development Program, HB Studios NYC Teacher Development Program, and Mask work with masters of the craft in Italy, Paris, New York and Los Angeles.

He teaches privately in his own studio in downtown Los Angeles, has taught in the BA and BFA acting programs at CSU Long Beach, CSU Fullerton, and served as guest faculty with Steppenwolf Theatre West Summer Intensive.


MFA, California State University Long Beach
Circle in the Square Theatre School
North Carolina School of the Arts