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Melissa-Jane Shaw

Actor, choreographer and dancer

riginally from Nova Scotia, MJ is an actor, choreographer and dancer based out of Toronto. She has been nominated for two Dora Mavor Moore Awards for acting, was named one of Canada’s 35 Most Inspiring Women by Canadian Living Magazine for founding two entertainment companies.

In film & TV previous credits include Dead Before Dawn (Alliance, premiered at Cannes ‘12), Picture Day (Clique, premiered at TIFF ‘12), Sajuica on Erky Perky (YTV), recurring role on Howie Mandel’s This Is Howie Do It (Global/NBC), GravyTrain (Alliance Films), The Triumph of Dingus McGraw (Indican Pictures), segment host on W Network’s What’s Cooking, Lost & Found and Grocery Mishap (Bravo!FACT) and Flashpoint (CTV/CBS). Currently, MJ is starring as Melanie Truscott in Hard Rock Medical (TVO).

MJ has performed on stages across Canada and in the US, including the Sudden Death (Next Stage Festival), World Premiere of Vern Theissen’s Do Not Disturb (Theatre Collingwood), Stockholm, 9 Parts of Desire, The Red Queen Effect, Or and Whale Music (Seventh Stage Theatre), Thy Neighbour’s Wife (Theatre North West),Skin Flick (Theatre New Brunswick), Melancholy Play (Summerworks), Kate in Taming of the Shrew (Rose Theatre Brampton), Raging Dreams (Theatre Gargantua), It Was Kit, Lust Labour’s Lost (Toronto Fringe, Award Winners), When The Reaper Calls and Beauty & The Beast (Sudbury Theatre Centre), A Delicate Balance (Drama Centre), George & Gracie (Maritime/Ontario Tour). She also worked on two off-Broadway reviews for Netherlander Entertainment in NYC.

As a choreographer, she is the resident at The Rose Theatre Brampton, where she has choreographed 15 full-scale musicals including Full Monty, A Chorus Line, Cabaret, She Loves Me and Christmas Carol. MJ has worked freelance on such shows at Women Full Clothed (Elgin Theatre), David Bowie Review (Ontario Tour) and several shows with Second City. MJ is also a renowned fitness and dance instructor, having a series of DVDs out across North America and teaching on the Dr OZ Show, Music Music, MTV, eTalk, Slice and many more.

Upcoming she will be performing in Theatre Gargantua's new show Shrapnel, choreographing Little Shop of Horrors at The Rose Theatre Brampton, and directing/choreographing Crazy For You at Theatre By The Bay in Barrie.

MJ is the founder of Seventh Stage Productions and LaRouge Entertainment. She holds an Honours BA with High Distinction from the University of Toronto, holds an acting diploma from Sheridan College, studied dance at The American Theatre Dance Workshop and did her graduate work at The University of Toronto Drama Centre.