Doris Duke Artist Award, 2015
Shawn Sides is performer, director, and Co-Producing Artistic Director of the ensemble-based theatre collective Rude Mechanicals (Rude Mechs) in Austin, TX. She co-founded Rude Mechs in 1995, co-conceiving and directing their first devised work, curst & shrewd (1997). Since then, she has distinguished herself as a director and performer receiving accolades for several Rude Mechs shows, including Stop Hitting Yourself (2014), a commission from LCT3/Lincoln Center Theater, Now Now Oh Now (2012), The Method Gun (2007), and a ‘re-enactment’ of the Performance Group’s Dionysus in 69 (2009, co-directed with Madge Darlington). With Rude Mechs, she has been awarded multiple MAP Fund grants, a NEFA National Theater Project grant (2011), and a Creative Capital grant (2006). She also received the Alpert/Hedgebrook Residency Prize for Women Playwrights (2010). She is currently working with Rude Mechs on Field Guide, a stage adaptation of the film The Brothers Karamazov, an English translation of the great Russian novel.