Andrew Shea

FInd out about Andrew Shea's theatrical and film career and his founding of New Mexico's largest theatre in the history of the state.

Professor, Radio-Television-Film

Andrew Shea’s films have premiered at several of the most prestigious and selective film festivals in the world: the Cannes Film Festival Critics Week (Take My Breath Away, narrative short), the Sundance Film Festival (Santa Fe, narrative feature, and The Corndog Man, narrative feature), the Tribeca Film Festival (Portrait of Wally, documentary feature), IDFA (Wrestling Alligators, documentary feature), DOC NYC (Buzz, documentary feature) and the South by Southwest Film Festival (Forfeit, narrative feature). Shea began his career in Santa Fe, New Mexico 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’s most recent documentary, Buzz, produced in association with Peter Berg and Matthew Goldberg of Film 45, premiered at DOC NYC and was acquired by Endeavor Content and HBO. Shea is also attached to direct a new fiction film, I See You, written by Radio-Television-Film colleague Cindy McCreery.

Shea lives in Austin with his wife, film editor Melissa Shea, and their two children, Sadie and Sam. He is a member of the Directors Guild of America, the Writers Guild of America and the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society. 

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    Directing, Screenwriting, Producing, Editing

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

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

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