Jack Shaw brings real world experience to whatever he writes. Not many can claim a background in two military services, enlisted in the Marines and an officer in the Air Force, followed by government service. But that's not all. His creativity goes beyond writing books.
Jack has directed such plays as HARVEY, LOVERS AND OTHER STRANGERS, ROMANTIC COMEDY, BLITHE SPIRIT, CAT ON A HOT TIN ROOF, and CREATION OF THE WORLD AND OTHER BUSINESS; and acted in various Regional theaters throughout the country. His professional musical theater experience includes such roles as Nathan in GUYS AND DOLLS, Perchik in FIDDLER ON THE ROOF, Mordred in CAMELOT, and Ice in WEST SIDE STORY. He has performed Shakespeare in summer stock, toured with The National Deaf Theatre Company, and has performed as a professional and non-professional actor throughout the country, his favorite roles being those that make people laugh or gasp. As a staff commercial announcer in radio and television he has done hundreds of commercials and PSAs (regional national and some international spots) for the U.S. Air Force. Known for his age range, he most recently played Candy in OF MICE AND MEN after playing Tony Abbott in HEAVEN CAN WAIT. Before that the abusive dad in THE BOYS NEXT DOOR and an old fool in PLAY ON! Discovered at 21, he was a professional performer while still in the Marines, while in the Air Force and while working for the Federal government in his spare time. He has been a columnist and reviewer for STAGE Magazine and continues to write several articles a week.
He is the author of four books, including his best seller, The Cave Man Guide to Training and Development and a novel, Harry's Reality, the first of a series of science fiction adventures that dramatizes what happens when the world decides it needs to give artificial intelligence free reign to save the world from its human inhabitants.
Jack received Bachelor of Arts degrees cum laude in both Psychology and English, and dual Master’s degrees (Speech/Dramatic Art and English) focusing on performance criticism from the University of Missouri in Columbia.
Where to find Jack Shaw online
ActingSmarts Reviews Local and Regional Theatre
by Jack Shaw
Approx. 23,150 words.
Published on October 24, 2012.
Why should we review local and regional professional theatres at all? After all it's just an opinion.
But it should be an educated one, and this book shows by example reviewing at its constructive best.
What makes a good critic or reviewer? Aren't they the same thing? Check it out here for yourself.
ActingSmarts on Local and Regional Theatres
by Jack Shaw
Approx. 17,070 words.
Published on October 1, 2012.
If you ever find yourself in an audition situation where a monologue is called for and you show up without one, don’t despair. While obviously it is better to be prepared–you could have just learned of the audition, offer to read a monologue or piece from the play itself. If you are a good cold-reader this can be acceptable to some directors, but understand the risk of not coming prepared.
by Jack Shaw
Approx. 133,760 words.
Published on August 2, 2012.
Think Vonnegut and Asimov. Inside Society's clueless. The Outside world's wasted and dangerous. Bios living there -- your worst nightmares - in reality - mere malcontents. Insiders are prisoners in paradise. Then Harry Bolls thought-blinks and sees reality; he commits the capital crime of socializing and the world will be changed forever. The Shadow War against must be won...or not...
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