Andrew Shea

Andrew Shea is a versatile, award-winning director and screenwriter who has enjoyed success in film, television and theatre. His films have premiered at several of the most prestigious and selective film festivals in the world: the Cannes Film Festival, the Sundance Film Festival, the Tribeca Film Festival and the South by Southwest Film Festival. Shea began his career in Santa Fe, where he founded the New Mexico Repertory Theatre, a regional professional company that grew to become the largest theatre in the history of the state.

Shea recently finished a new documentary, Wrestling Alligators, the story of James Billie, the driving force behind the multi-billion dollar Indian gaming industry and the chairman of the Seminole Tribe of Florida, the only Native American Tribe that never surrendered to the United States and never signed a peace treaty. He is now in production on Buzzed, a documentary about the tumultuous personal and professional lives of Buzz Bissinger, author of Friday Night Lights and the recent Vanity Fair cover story about Caitlyn Jenner. Shea is also developing a new play, The Last Ironist, with longtime collaborator Mark Medoff.

Shea lives in Austin with his wife, film editor Melissa Shea, and their two children, Sadie and Sam.


Directing Workshop, Advanced Directing, Acting for Filmmakers, Principles of Film and Television Production

Areas of Expertise

Directing, Screenwriting, Producing, Editing

Recent Works

  • Buzzed(in production)
  • Wrestling Alligators (documentary)
  • Portrait of Wally (documentary)
  • Forfeit (narrative)
  • The Corndog Man (narrative)
  • Santa Fe (narrative)
  • Take My Breath Away(narrative short)

What do you enjoy the most about being a part of the UT Theatre and Dance community?

The opportunity to collaborate with visionary faculty colleagues and dedicated, talented students.