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). Her work has been seen at Dixon Place, The Araca Project, and the Philadelphia Fringe Festival. She is co-artistic director of inFLUX Theatre Collective, with which she was in residence at Bethany Arts Community in 2020 and 2021. She was 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. Now Philadelphia-based, she received her MFA from the UArts/Pig Iron program in devised theater. Her most recent work, The Choice with inFLUX Theatre Collective won the Philly Fringie for best work of theater at the 2021 Philadelphia Fringe Festival.
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