Joe-Norman Shaw

Meet Joe-Norman Shaw,

Co-Founder of Rogues West

Joe-Norman Shaw is a veteran actor, director, and mentor to countless emerging artists. He has worked extensively on both stage and film sets across Canada and internationally and his twenty-plus years of teaching experience demonstrate his capacity to work with actors. Before founding Company of Rogues Actor’s Studio with Christiane Hirt in 1993, he received his Honours BA in Acting/Directing from the University of Guelph and was a resident acting instructor at Gastown Actors Studio. He holds an MFA in Directing from the University of Calgary, and is currently the Director of Drama at St. Mary’s University College in Calgary, AB.


Since 1981, Joe has enjoyed a successful career as an actor in both film & television and the theatre. Some favourite theatre credits include Twelve Angry Men (Vertigo Theatre, Calgary), Angels in America (Phoenix Theatre, Edmonton), the lead role of Tommy Paul in One Tiger To A Hill (Stratford Festival), and Robert in the critically acclaimed Crow’s Theatre production of Unidentified Human Remains and the True Nature of Love (Toronto, N.A.C., Montreal, Mexico City). Joe has also performed in the one-man play I Slept With Tony Trouble: The Confessions of a Hollywood Huster in Toronto, Vancouver, London, Edinburgh, and Stratford. His numerous film/TV credits include principal and supporting roles in Heartland, Blackstone, Forsaken, Supernatural, Everest, Crazy Canucks, and many other projects. See his IMDB for a complete list.

As Artistic Director of Rogues Theatre, Joe has directed Den of ThievesSome GirlsStorm WarningItalian American Reconciliation, Jesus Hopped the ‘A’ Train, Red Light Winter, Cow Town, Pushup,  Criminal Genius, Savage In Limbo, Selling Mr. Rushdie, The Melville Boys, Danny and the Deep Blue Sea, St. Scarlet and Tape.


Professional Affiliations: ACTRA/CAEA

Company of Rogues is an upstanding educational pillar within our arts community. Joe and Christiane conduct themselves with the utmost of professionalism and I hold them in the highest regard. I respect their commitment to running a well maintained business and remaining long term mentors within our industry. I am always happy to recommend Rogues to clients or potential talent, be it as a commencement of their training or a continual updating of their craft. Thank you Joe and Christiane, for everything you do.”

Roxanne Ellison, Dagaz Talent


Both Joe and Christianne have instilled in me a respect for the craft and a work ethic that has helped me reach my goals in the professional world. The passion they bring to the studio every day is inspiring and the tools they pass on through their teaching is what I truly believe are the essentials to real, potent, honest, stimulating acting. Their approach is pure; devoid of any of the tricks or superficial techniques that plague our craft. They believe in the importance of the role of the actor in today’s society and they promote the art as not only an art, but as a way of life, an attitude, an ethos. I truly believe that the Studio helped me to discover my true self and to realize my true aspirations in life.”

Alexander Arsenault, Vancouver Based Actor