Andrew Shaver is Artistic Director of SideMart Theatrical Grocery. Since SideMart’s conception in the winter of 2006, Shaver has directed David Mamet’s American Buffalo, Morris Panych’s The Dishwashers (Montreal Premiere), Patrick Costello’s The Ballad of the Young Offender, Gerard Vasquez’s OOOO! (English Language World Premiere), SideMart’s original musical Haunted Hillbilly (book by Graham Cuthberston, based on a novel by Derek McCormack, and music by Matthew Barber) & the World Premiere of Morris Panych’s Gordon.
He spent the 2010 & 2011 seasons as part of the Stratford Shakespeare Festival’s inaugural Michael Langham Conservatory for Classical Direction, during which he assisted Chris Abraham on Michel Tremblay’s For the Pleasure of Seeing Her Again and Jennifer Tarver on Harold Pinter’s The Homecoming, with Brian Dennehy. He teamed up again with Ms. Tarver and Mr. Dennehy this past November on Samuel Beckett’s Krapp’s Last Tape at Long Wharf Theatre in New Haven. He joined Mr. Dennehy again this past March at the Goodman Theater in Chicago as an assistant director on Eugene O’Neill’s The Iceman Cometh (Dir. Robert Falls).
Other directing credits include Stones in his Pockets at the Centaur Theatre (Feb 2011), Scientific Americans at the Segal Centre (Feb 2012), Haunted Hillbilly at the Centaur Theatre (May 2012). Next season he will direct SideMart’s production of Trad for at the Centaur and Sherlock Holmes, starring Jay Baruchel, at the Segal Centre.
As an actor, Shaver was a member of the 2009 Stratford Festival acting company, performing in Macbeth (dir. Des McAnuff), Cyrano de Bergerac (dir. Donna Feore) and Zastrozzi (dir. Jennifer Tarver). More recently, he appeared in SideMart’s original Whiteman’s Whiskey Comedy Revue, Greg MacArthur’s A City, and in Imago Theatre’s 2010 production of Pierre Michel Trembaly’s Champs de Mars. Other acting credits include: [boxhead] (dir. Chris Abraham), Isadora (dir. Sarah Stanley), Tempest (dir. Madd Harold).
He’s been known to work in film, TV, radio and has dabbled in French theatre with his friends in Montreal’s Orbite Gauche (Champs d’Honneur and Moeurs en Series, 1.0 & 2.0.)
He was also a founding member, performer and Artistic Director with the Montreal/Brooklyn-based creation ensemble SaBooge Theatre from 2000-2007 with whom he worked internationally in NYC (PS 122, Here Arts Centre, Bricstudios), Philadelphia (Wilma Theatre, Mumpuppetheatre), Dublin (Project Arts Centre), Toronto (Tarragon Theatre), Vancouver (Performance Works) and Montreal (Centaur Theatre, Segal Centre).
He is a graduate of Queen’s University and Ecole Jacques Lecoq in Paris.