Teaching Artist/Acting

Drew Shirley is a director and actor who loves his wife, 11 month old baby, and mastiff very much.  He has most recently worked with Chicago Shakespeare, Theater Wit, Remy Bumppo, the Utah Shakespeare Festival, One Year Chekhov, Erasing The Distance, the Hermosa Beach Playhouse, and the Kingsmen Shakespeare company.  He received his MFA in acting from the University of Illinois, and a BFA in theater from the University of Emporia.  Drew won the Outstanding Director Award from StageSceneLA for his production of Dennis Lehane’s Coronado, and has directed a number of shows in Los Angeles and in Chicago.  Most recently he directed Southwest Shakespeare’s production of Macbeth and One Woman Hamlet here in Chicago (starring Kate Smith). Recent acting credits include Chicago Shakespeare’s Hamlet and The Comedy of Errors.