Patrick Shaw

Learn more about Patrick Shaw's student center practice as a playwright and community educator.

Assistant Professor of Practice, Playwriting/Directing Undergraduate Executive Committee Member

Patrick Shaw is an Austin-based playwright, director and performer. His scripts have been produced at The Flea, The Drilling Company, Galapagos Art Space, Cherry Pit, Hudson River Guild, The Motor Company, Gorilla Tango Theatre, Bradley University, The University of Texas at Austin and the Center for Maximum Potential Building Systems (Austin). He has developed work at the Great Plains Theatre Conference, Sewanee Writers’ Conference, the Millay Colony, Norm’s Fish Camp and Hyde Park Theater. As a performer, Shaw has collaborated with Underbelly, The Duplicates, Paper Chairs, Bakerloo Theatre Project and Spessard Dance and was a founding member of FullStop Collective. Before coming to Austin, he taught workshops in improvised movement and ensemble performance across the country on behalf of the O'Neill Center's National Theater Institute (NTI) and now uses his summers to co-direct Rude Mechs' Off Center Teens, an experimental theatre camp for teens. He holds an M.F.A. in Playwriting from The University of Texas at Austin.

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

    The students! The students are outstanding. They're the most imaginative, driven and curious student body I've had the privilege to be around. These young artists really value the creation of new work.

    What is your favorite thing about Austin?

    The hot summers, the cold springs (i.e., Barton Springs). For me, it's the good life!

    A scene from Operation Istanbul of two men crawling on the floor in front of an audience

    Playwriting, Directing, Devised Theatre, Physical Theatre, Dramatic Literature

    Playwriting 2, Playwriting 3, Directing 1, Directing 2, Grad Colloquium

    Recent Publications 

    Recent Performances and/or Creative Works

    • The Repentance Of Saint Joan (Paper Chairs, 2018)
    • Operation Istanbul (The Cohen New Works Festival, 2015)
    • Karlstad (UTNT (UT New Theatre), 2014)
    • The Traditionalists (Communal Spaces: Garden Plays, 2014)
    • Be Still and Know Nothing (UT Lab Theater, 2013)
    • Land Escaping (Frontera Short Fringe (2013), Calliope Theatre Company at The Flea Theater (2011), Hudson River Guild Theater (2010), Bakerloo Theatre Project (2010))
    • Apollo Unbound (Pittsburgh Camerata, 2012)
    • Master Dallows (Communal Spaces: Garden Plays, 2012)
    • Hamlettes (Bradley University (2012), The Cherry Pit FringeNYC (2010), Gorilla Tango Theatre (2010))
    • Unville Brazil (musical) (Drilling Company, 2011)
    • Autobiography of a Sparrow (Bakerloo Theatre Project, reading 2011)
    • Mad Twitterpated (Galapagos Art Space, 2010)

    Contact Information

    Campus location
    WIN B.104E