Who We Are

Simon Shaw founded Shaw Entertainment Group in 2008 to nurture, present and distribute dynamic artistic work.  The company’s work is based on the beliefs that the live performing arts provide a unique vehicle for community and personal growth, that the artistic voice is one that should be honored and cultivated, and that the work of connecting venue and performance with integrity is paramount.

Since its beginnings, Shaw Entertainment Group has grown exponentially, reaching hundreds of thousands of audience members through national tours, international booking and showcase presentations featuring its artists in venues such as Lincoln Center, The Kennedy Center, Austin Theater Alliance, BAM and Cleveland Playhouse Square.

 Simon has a genuine sense of responsibility to both his artists and his presenter-clients. He has a skill in seeing both sides of the booking contract and realizes that the agent’s job doesn’t end with the signing of the contract.

– Michele Roberge, Executive Director, Carpenter Performing Arts Center, California State University, Long Beach

We are trying to move beyond simply buying and selling, creating opportunities for artists and venues by engaging an extensive network of presenters, producers and performers both in the USA and internationally, nurturing their artistic growth.

In our first season together, Simon has brokered two tours to the Lincoln Center and one to a great venue in DC. He has also helped me to negotiate contracts with local Chicago institutions. And he has overseen the development of a new piece with major touring potential, which has already gained bookings.

– Marc Frost, Theater Unspeakable

SEG’s success is due to the inspiration and commitment of Simon Shaw and his dedication to supporting artists and venues in achieving their goals.

Simon has always made sure we were on the same page when it comes to artistic value. He has a great eye for raw artistic potential and can quickly lay out next steps to elevate the piece so that it commands its true worth. Since working with Simon, I’ve gone on to create new works that keep this elevated creative process in mind.

– Paige Hernandez

The greatest gift I have received from working with SEG has been the focusing of my attention onto the inherent commercial possibilities connected to my artistic talents.

– Marc Frost, Theater Unspeakable

SIMON SHAW, PRESIDENT

Simon Shaw

With 20 years of experience on both sides of the Atlantic as a booking agent, promoter, producer and director of programming, Shaw has a rare insight into the world of presenting live performing arts.

Growing up in London, Shaw’s eyes were opened to the commercial aspects of the business in 1994 as a tour manager traveling the UK and Europe for rock n’ roll bands. His work in booking and promoting artists followed soon after, taking him across the pond from a booking agency in London to New York and LA.

As an artist representative, Shaw has worked with:

  • Derek Block Artists Agency, based in London.
  • The Booking Group, a Broadway booking agency, based in New York.
  • APA, a Los Angeles-based booking agency.
  • Shaw Entertainment Group, for which he is the founder and president, opened in 2008.

As a programmer, Shaw works with a variety of venues as a consultant, including:

  • The Colonial Theatre in Western Massachusetts
  • Queens Theatre in Flushing, NY
  • The Zorlu Center in Istanbul

Shaw also serves on the board and executive committee of International Performing Arts for Youth (IPAY) and is active in presenting and touring networks.

Shaw and his wife Emily live in the beautiful Berkshire Hills of Western Massachusetts along with their two daughters.

My favorite aspect of representing artists and working with presenters is finding the right fit. I thoroughly enjoy connecting the needs and opportunities within a venue with an artist who I know will be its ideal match.

– Simon Shaw

 

CHRISSIE CONSTABLE, AGENT/GENERAL MANAGER

Chrissie, a Bronx, NY native,  graduated with BA in Business and Theatre and began working in the technical side of the arts.  She has worked at such places as The Julliard School, Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival, and Dance Theatre Workshop (now New York Live Arts).

In 2006, she and her husband, Mark, moved to the Berkshires where she became the Director of Production at the Colonial Theatre in Pittsfield, MA and where she met Simon. In 2012, she joined SEG as General Manager and in 2016 added ‘Agent’ to her title.

She currently resides in Centreville, VA with her husband, 2 sons and one daughter.

Simon says…

“I have known Chrissie for over 8 years through her role as the Director of Production at the Colonial Theatre and have always admired her diligence, her work ethic and her smile!  When the opportunity arose to offer her the position as General Manager I jumped at the chance.   She is the glue that holds our organization together and I feel very lucky to work with her.”