• M.A., University of Texas San Antonio
  • B.A., Texas State University


  • Acting
  • Improvisation
  • Theatrical Rehearsal and Performance
  • Special Studies in Drama
  • Theatre Roots


Shawn Ian Hardee — actor, playwright, singer and songwriter — is thrilled to appear as a guest artist at St. Mary’s University. Hardee had the pleasure of appearing as a guest director at St. Mary’s, (Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolfe, The Shrunken Head of Pancho Villa) and currently teaches courses in the drama department.

Most recently, he has appeared on stage in Lombardi (Paul Hornung) Best Little Whorehouse in Texas (Sherriff Ed), My Fair Lady (Jamie) God of Carnage (Alan) Midsummer Night’s Dream (Lysander) and Born Yesterday (Paul Verrall) for which he was nominated for Broadway World’s Best Actor. Some of his favorite past stage credits include Into the Woods (Rapunzel’s Prince), Adam and Eve (Adam), Of Mice and Men (Lenny) and Arsenic and Old Lace (Mortimer), and as a chorus member in the opera Carmen.

In addition to the stage, Hardee has appeared in commercials, film and television most recently in the upcoming feature The Legend of El Chupacabra, and in the films Dreams, Worthy, Union Made, Insomniac, and Pet Plant for which he won Best Actor in the Toronto Monthly Film Awards.

Hardee appeared on the Discovery+ series Detective Diaries and a pilot episode of the series Welcome to Darkridge. Additionally, he garnered an honorable mention for Best Original Song for the film Scattered at the 48HFF Austin Film Festival.

Hardee is a graduate of Texas State University where he wrote several short plays for Texas State’s Brown Bag Theatre. He has been an on-again-off singer in several original and cover bands in Austin/San Antonio area.

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