Actor & Director
This is Shawn Lee's second time directing a play by Bess Wohl for Artists Rep; with the first being 2016's American Hero. In 2017, he directed Christopher Chen's Caught, which was a multi-media theatre/art installation and collaboration with Portland visual artist Horatio Law. He directed and co-produced the international tour of E.M. Lewis’ The Gun Show starring Artists Rep Resident Artist, Vin Shambry, which premiered in CoHo Productions' 21st Season. After a sold out run, The Gun Show was remounted at Artists Rep before touring to the Logan Festival of Solo Performance at 1st Stage in Virginia, the 2017 Edinburgh Fringe Festival in Scotland, Portland Public Schools, and Willamette University. Shawn is the Producing Director at Artists Rep and is now in his fifth season.
In 2001, he co-founded the Furious Theatre Company in Los Angeles where he served as co-Artistic Director before moving to Portland in 2014. With Furious Theatre Company, he has produced over 25 productions including the award-winning rolling U.S. Premiere of Foxfinder with Artists Rep and The Pain and the Itch with The Theatre@Boston Court. In 2010, Furious Theatre Company was named to LA Weekly's list of "Best Theatres of the Decade." He is a co-creator of with Matt Pelfrey (MTV Skins, Turnt) and directed the short film The Foodie by Kirk Pynchon, She and several episodes of the web series A.G.A.N.G.
He is the recipient of the Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Award, the Back Stage Garland Award, LA Weekly Theatre Award, LA Stage Alliance Ovation Award, and the Pasadena Arts Council’s Gold Crown Award.