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Peggy Shaw

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Nationality  American
Movies  She Must Be Seeing Things
Plays  Menopausal Gentleman
Role  Actor
Name  Peggy Shaw

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Full Name  Margaret A. Shaw
Born  July 27, 1944 (age 71) (1944-07-27) Belmont, Massachusetts
Occupation  Actor, writer, producer
Known for  Founder of the Split Britches
Awards  Obie Award for Performance, Obie Award for Special Citations
Nominations  GLAAD Media Award for Outstanding New York Theater: Off-Off Broadway
Similar People  Lois Weaver, Holly Hughes, Bette Bourne, Jill Dolan

Peggy Shaw (born July 24, 1944) is an actor, writer, and producer living in New York City. She is a founding member of the Split Britches and WOW Cafe Theatre, and is a recipient of several Obie Awards, including two for Best Actress for her performances in Dress Suits to Hire in 1988 and Menopausal Gentleman in 1999.


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Early life and education

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Born Margaret A. Shaw in Belmont, Massachusetts, she was raised in a working class Irish Congregationalist family with seven siblings. When she was thirteen, she was a missionary in Costa Rica.

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Shaw moved to New York in 1967. She had a child and was a social worker for the New York City Agency for Child Development.

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In 1967, Shaw earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Painting and Printmaking at the Massachusetts College of Art.


Shaw became involved with Hot Peaches Theater, a theater group in New York that consisted mostly of drag queens. Her first experience on stage was in 1975 on a gay tour of Europe. While she was living in London, she saw Spiderwoman Theater in Amsterdam and met Lois Weaver.

Shaw founded the troupe Split Britches with Deb Margolin and Lois Weaver in 1980. She also co-founded WOW Cafe Theater, an ongoing performance festival.

Shaw suffered a stroke in 2011. Her show, RUFF, directed by longtime collaborator Lois Weaver, explores her experiences as a survivor.

The University of Michigan published A Menopausal Gentleman, a book that includes many of the scripts from Shaw's solo performances.


  • The Slow Drag
  • You're Just Like My Father
  • To My Chagrin
  • MUST: The Inside Story
  • Dress Suits To Hire
  • Belle Reprieve
  • Menopausal Gentleman
  • RUFF
  • Awards and Grants

    Shaw has received Obie Awards for her performances in Dress Suits To Hire, and Menopausal Gentleman, and an ensemble award for her work in Belle Reprieve.

  • 1987: Village Voice OBIE Award for performance in Dress Suits to Hire
  • 1990: Village Voice OBIE for the ensemble in Belle Reprieve
  • 1994: Nominee for Cal/Arts Herb Alpert Award
  • 1995: Anderson Foundation Stonewall Award for Sustained Excellence, Jane Chambers Award for the Best Play, Villager Award to Split Britches Company for Best Ensemble, Nominee for Cal/Arts Herb Alpert Award
  • 1998: Out on the Edge Theatre Award for Sustained Achievement
  • 1999: Village Voice OBIE for the production Menopausal Gentlemen, Nominee for Cal/Arts Herb Alpert Award
  • 2004: She was awarded a grant through the Foundation for Contemporary Arts.
  • 2005: The Foundation for Contemporary Performance, Theatre Performer of the Year
  • 2006: Otto Award for Excellence in Political Theatre
  • 2014: Doris Duke Artist Award for Theater
  • References

    Peggy Shaw Wikipedia

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