Cynthia Shaw, pianist, singer and actor, lives in Brooklyn, NY. She was born and raised in Pueblo, Colorado and moved to New York to attend the esteemed Manhattan School of Music. Since graduating, she has dedicated her life to music and acting. She has musical directed over 30 regional and off-Broadway shows and acted in New York City and regional theaters.
ACTING HIGHLIGHTS: Mrs. Winemiller (Summer & Smoke, Terry Schreiber, director), Liz Fuller (Me and Jezebel, Kentucky Repertory Theatre), Arkadina and Ranevskaya (Mr. Chekov and Mr. Porter, Medicine Show Theatre) and many other Off-Broadway theatres in New York. Her film work has been presented at Cannes Festival Corner, The Film Society of Lincoln Center, The Soho International Film Festival and The Big Apple Film Festival, to name a few. d'Urn it! a comedic film, which she produced and has a lead roIe, was an Official Selection for The Chelsea Film Festival, The Chain Film Festival and the Toronto International Women Film Festival.
MUSICAL HIGHLIGHTS include: backup vocals for Paul McCartney (Carnegie Hall) and Björk (Riverside Church), singing with the New York Philharmonic when they won three Grammy Awards and playing piano for Garrison Keillor and The Prairie Home Companion at Town Hall and on NPR.
Her one woman show, Velvet Determination, won "Best Solo Show" at the Pittsburgh Fringe Festival, “Best Festival Debut” at NYC’s United Solo Festival and many other awards in the festival circuit. The show is the story of her journey as a classical pianist from Pueblo, Colorado, to New York City to get into school at the Manhattan School of Music. And the things that happened to her along the way.
Unique traits: Conservatory trained classical pianist, beginning kickboxer, NYS Drivers License, can drive a stick shift, Valid US Passport.
Official Selection - Chelsea Film Festival for "d'Urn it!"
Official Selection - Chain Film Festival for "d'Urn it!"
Best Solo Show - Pittsburgh Fringe Festival for "Velvet Determination"
Best Personal Story - Boulder Fringe Festival for "Velvet Determination"
Best Theatrical Production - Galway Fringe Festival for "Velvet Determination"
Best Festival Debut - United Solo Festival for "Velvet Determination"
Cannes Festival Corner for "Spiders"
Best Experimental Film - Los Angeles Movie Award for "Mara"
John Howard Swain
The Barrow Group
T. Schreiber Studios