Co-Founder & Studio Director
Joe-Norman Shaw is a veteran actor, director and mentor to countless emerging artists. He has worked extensively on both stage and film sets across Canada and internationally. After growing up in the American Mid-west, Indiana and Illinois, Joe relocated to Canada in 1972, and in 1981 began his acting career working in the vibrant Toronto theatre scene. In 1991, a move to Vancouver, and later Calgary, brought numerous film and television roles, as well as opportunities as a director and to mentor young actors.
Joe has found a busy creative life in Western Canada, working on projects like the CBC mini-series, Everest, shot in beautiful locations around Alberta, including the Rocky Mountains or traveling to the Austrian Alps to shoot Crazy Canucks for CTV. He has also Guest Starred on TV series shot in Alberta such as Tom Stone, Caitlan’s Way and North of Sixty, as well as numerous U.S. and British productions like Burn Up, Lost Holiday and High Noon. Along with his prolific film career, Joe continues to perform onstage in both contemporary and classical plays; he is also Co-Founder and Studio Director of Company of Rogues Actors’ Studio and Artistic Director of Rogues Theatre.
Actor: Since 1981, Joe has worked as an actor in theatres across Canada and internationally. Canadian theatre credits include: Twelve Angry Men as Juror 7 for Vertigo Theatre, Joe Pitt in Angels in America (Phoenix Theatre, Edmonton), the lead role of Tommy Paul in One Tiger To A Hill (Stratford Festival), Robert in the critically acclaimed Crow’s Theatre production of Unidentified Human Remains and the True Nature of Love (Toronto, N.A.C., Montreal, Mexico City); and Jude in Whale Riding Weather (Touchstone Theatre, Vancouver). Joe has been a member of the Stratford and Shaw Festival Companies and has worked with Robin Phillips at the Citadel Theatre (Edmonton). Joe performed the one-man play I Slept With Tony Trouble: The Confessions of Hollywood Hustler in Toronto, Vancouver, London, Edinburgh & Stratford. Selected Calgary credits include Glengarry Glen Ross (Theatre Junction), The Collected Works of Billy the Kid (ATP), A Line in the Sand (Downstage). Ed & Ed: The Fisherman’s Trap (Lunchbox Theatre) and numerous staged readings for Theatre Calgary, ATP, Alberta Playwrights Network, and Lunchbox Theatre. Recent acting credits for Rogues Theatre: The Dreamer Examines His Pillow, The Old Neighborhood, Dinner With Friends and Heaven (Co-pro/ Downstage).
Selected Film & TV: His numerous film/TV credits include principal and supporting roles in: Heartland. Blackstone, Forsaken, Supernatural, Everest, Crazy Canucks, Lost Holiday, Burn Up, Dream Me A Murder, Burn, Tom Stone, The Investigation, Caitlin’s Way, Johnson County War, Wasted, Children of Fortune, High Noon, North of Sixty: Trial by Fire, Bad Faith, Noah, Oklahoma City, Lonesome Dove, MacGyver, The Commish, Clare (AMPIA Award Winner), Lies My Mother Told Me and Call Me: The Rise and Fall of Heidi Fleiss. You can view Joe’s complete filmography HERE.
Instructor: Joe was a resident acting instructor at Gastown Actors Studio (Vancouver) from 1991-1993, co-founding Company of Rogues in 1993. Joe has also worked as an acting instructor for The Alberta Centre of Acting Studies (1994-1996), Mount Royal University, The University of Calgary and is currently the Director of Drama at St. Mary’s University in Calgary.
Director: As Artistic Director of Rogues Theatre, Joe has directed Den of Thieves, Some Girls, Storm Warning, Italian American Reconciliation, Jesus Hopped the ‘A’ Train, Red Light Winter, Cow Town, Pushup, Criminal Genius, Savage In Limbo, Selling Mr. Rushdie, The Melville Boys, Danny and the Deep Blue Sea, St. Scarlet and Tape. He has also directed numerous fringe and student productions including: Museum, Green Space, The Dining Room, Scenes From American Life, Rimers of Eldridge, Barbarians, Metastasis, LaRonde, Lysistrata (all for Rogues), Bobby Fell in Love (Art Ranch), D.I.N.K.S (Lunchbox Theatre, Stage One) and The Zoo Story (Vancouver Fringe). University Credits: Our Town, Museum and The Dining Room (St. Mary’s University College), The Diviners (Mount Royal University) and Rocket to the Moon (University of Calgary)
Training: MFA – Directing, University of Calgary; Honours BA -Acting/Directing, University of Guelph; Post-Graduate acting (in Toronto): George Luscombe, Michelle George, Marti Maraden, Bernadette Jones, Tom Bentley Fisher; Film acting: David Rotenberg, Christiane Hirt.
Professional Affiliations: ACTRA/CAEA
In the Press:
“The appearance of Shaw brings added dimension and dramatic weight, as he plays a career soldier by turns hard-assed, avuncular, frustrated and haunted by his own shameful past.” – Martin Morrow- FFWD, A LINE IN THE SAND (Downstage)
“Always a dynamic, receptive presence, in Shaw’s performance…” – Bob Clark- Herald, THE OLD NEIGHBORHOOD (Rogues Theatre)
“While 12 Angry Men is a little claustrophobic and retro, the cast — particularly Duncan Ollerenshaw, Joe-Norman Shaw, Paul Cowling and Robert Graham Klein — locate the humour and the passion in the piece effectively. We feel their claustrophobia, and they manage without much visible effort, to very convincingly inhabit a bunch of Eisenhower-era New York guys.” – Stephen Hunt- Calgary Herald, 12 ANGRY MEN (Vertigo Theatre)
“Directed by Rogues artistic director Joe-Norman Shaw with a real ear for the staccato and sometimes ornate quality of Rapp’s clever dialogue– the Calgary premiere of Red Light sounds no false notes in drawing us into the cramped but eloquent world of two people who end up having loved and lost…” – Bob Clark- Herald, RED LIGHT WINTER (Rogues Theatre)
“Joe-Norman Shaw is a meticulous director who doesn’t allow his actors to waste a gesture. Everything they do is calculated to reveal character and it was brilliant move for him to have the women change the set after each hotel encounter.” – Louis B. Hobson – Calgary Sun, SOME GIRL(S) (Rogues Theatre)
View a listing of Joe-Norman Shaw’s numerous Film & Television credits on his personal IMDB page HERE