photo credit: John C Hawthorne


Christine Octavia Shaw is a devised theater creator and performer dedicated to making work that asks her audiences impossible questions. Past and current provocations include: How do we wrap our heads around the immensity of natural disasters and our climate? (Sheet Metal Soup, 2019); How do we reckon with the absurdity of death? (The Usual, 2019); and how do women navigate the complex choices around motherhood? (The Motherhood Project, 2020-2030). She is co-artistic director of inFLUX Theatre Collective, with which she was in residence at Bethany Arts Community in 2020 and 2021. Christine is an inaugural artist-in-residence with the Yale University Schwarzman center for her work on The Wandering with the Schubert Project.


Georgia-born and raised, she attended Yale University where she studied theater and dance. Since then, she has performed and created original works in Chicago (The Home for Wayward Artists), New York (The Araca Project), and Philadelphia. Now Philadelphia-based, she recently received her MFA from the UArts/Pig Iron program in devised theater. Her most recent work, The Choice with inFLUX won the Philly Fringie for best work of theater at the 2021 Philadelphia Fringe Festival.