Shawn has been a professional musical theatre actor for over twenty years. As a teenager he participated in many community and high school theatre productions before being admitted to the Fine Arts - Theatre program at the University of Victoria, British Columbia. Shawn also trained privately for several years with acclaimed vocal instructor Carol Baggett Forte in Toronto. His big break came when he was cast in the Toronto production of the worldwide musical hit Miss Saigon, where he performed as an ensemble member and also understudied the role of Chris. He later performed the role of Chris in the German production of Miss Saigon in Stuttgart, as well as appearing in the Manila, Philippines production and the Hong Kong/Singapore tour as ensemble and Chris understudy again. Shawn performed the role of Jinx in both Canadian companies of the Dora Award-winning musical Forever Plaid as an original cast member in Vancouver before taking over the role in Toronto. Some of his other favourite roles include Jesus in Jesus Christ Superstar, Seymour Krelborn in Little Shop of Horrors, and Gilbert Blythe in Anne of Green Gables. Shawn has also appeared on several cruise lines including Princess Cruises, Norwegian Cruise Line, and Celebrity Cruises as a guest performer.
Shawn is pleased to be joining En Avant Dance's faculty as musical theatre instructor. In addition to teaching, Shawn oversees the day-to-day operations of En Avant Dance, manages the school's website, and assists in the production of the school’s recitals and special performances.