Shaver is an award-winning Canadian performer, producer and director. Andrew has spent 5 seasons as a member of the Stratford Shakespeare Festival and is a graduate of the Festival’s Michael Langham Conservatory for Classical Direction. While in Stratford, he produced and hosted the wildly successful Loft Series, and subsequent, Church Series – evenings of live music featuring some of Canada’s brightest musical luminaries, including: Bahamas, Sarah Harmer, Royal Wood, Jill Barber, Justin Rutledge, Noah Reid and Leif Vollebekk.
Shaver works extensively in the video game industry both as a performer and a director. He has voiced and executed full performance capture in dozens of games. He directed the cinematics for New Dawn, the latest success in the blockbuster Far Cry franchise, as well as the First Playables of others for Ubisoft.
In 2015, he became the first Anglophone to direct the French language mega-musical for Juste Pour Rire in Montreal. His production of Grease smashed all previous festival box office records, and sold over 100,000 tickets, earning le Billet Platinum, as well as the Grand Prix du Festival.
Shaver was Artistic Co-Director of the Brooklyn-based international creation ensemble SaBooge Theatre (2000-2007). Deemed “one of North America’s most interesting theatre collectives” by the Irish Times, SaBooge’s highly physical work toured the U.S, Canada and Ireland winning Best Production in the Dublin Fringe and a Talkin’ Broadway Award in NYC,
He is currently the Artistic Director of SideMart Theatrical Grocery (2007-Present). Andrew has been nominated for 4 Outstanding Director META Awards, and has won twice – most recently for Greg Kramer’s adaptation of Sherlock Holmes, starring Jay Baruchel at the Segal Centre. This production went on to tour the U.S in the fall of 2105 with David Arquette in the lead. Other highlights include the world premiere of John Patrick Shanley’s A Woman is a Secret, the World Premiere of Morris Panych’s Gordon, English-language World Premiere of Catherine Anne Toupin’s MOB, the Canadian Premiere of Mark Doherty’s Trad, and the Quebec Premiere of the hit musical Once.
Selected Acting Highlights, Theatre: 39 Steps (Eda Holmes, Centaur); What’s in a Name (Jennifer Tarver, Segal); Grease (Andrew Shaver, JPR); Illusions (Andrew Shaver, Crow’s); Noises Off (Jacob Tierney, Segal) 39 Steps (Ravi Jain, Soulpepper); 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea (Rick Miller, Grand Theatre in London), The Seagull (Peter Hinton, Segal Centre); Champs de Mars (Micheline Chevrier, Imago); Cyrano de Bergerac (Donna Feore, Stratford Festival); Macbeth (Des McAnuff, Stratford Festival); Zastrozzi (Jennifer Tarver, Stratford Festival); [boxhead] (Chris Abraham, Crow’s Theatre); Every Day Above Ground (SaBooge Int’l Tour); Speak Easy (SaBooge, Int’l Tour); Fathom (SaBooge, Int’l Tour); Hatched (SaBooge, Int’l Tour); The Tempest (Matthew Tiffin, Segal Centre); Amadeus (Alexandre Marine, Segal Centre
Selected Acting Highlights, T.V/Film: Anne with an E (Recurring, CBC/Netflix); Frankie Drake (Guest Star, CBC); Rupture (Guest Star, Radio Canada); Trop (Guest Star, Radio Canada); l’Age Adulte (Recurring, Pixcom); Reign (Recurring), Glass Castle (Destin Daniel Cretton); Arrival (Denis Villeneuve); Dominion (Steven Berstein); Hemlock Grove (Netflix); 300 (Zack Snyder); Whitehouse Down (Roland Emmerich); I’m Not There (Todd Haynes); The Last Kiss (Tony Goldwynn); Les Pieds dans le Vide (Marilou Loup); Cruising Bar 2 (Robert Menard).
He studied at Queen’s University (1995-99) and trained at Ecole Jacques Lecoq in Paris (1999-01).