Shawn Sides

Rude Mechs

Performing Arts, 2006

Shawn Sides has been a performer, director and producer in Austin, TX and occasionally New York for 20 years. She’s a founder and a Co-Producing Artistic Director of Rude Mechs in Austin, TX where she has co-conceived, co-adapted, and directed a new work every year, give or take, since 1996, including Off-Broadway and touring productions of Lipstick Traces, Get Your War On, Stop Hitting Yourself, rudes’ Creative Capital supported project The Method Gun, and their “re-enactment” of The Performance Group’s Dionysus in 69. Current projects include Rudes’ adaptation of The Brothers Karamazov Field Guide, and From the Pig Pile: Requisite Gesture(s) of Narrow Approach by Sibyl Kempson. Shawn is an Alpert/Hedgebrook Prize recipient and was inducted with her fellow Rudes into the Austin Arts Hall of Fame in 2010. She recieved a Doris Duke Performing Artist Award in 2015.

Awards and Accomplishments

2015: Doris Duke Performing Artist Award


Rude Mechs are the recipients of the National Theater Project Award


Rude Mechs receives MAP Fund Grant


Rude Mechs receive a grant from NEFA for the creation of a new play


Rude Mechs / Kirk Lynn are one of five companies selected for the NEA Distinguished New Play Development Program for their project I've Never Been So Happy


The Method Gun receives a National Endowment for the Arts Grant