Shawn Telford is an Actor/Writer/Director whose debut feature film "BFE" has played nearly 20 festivals around the world including Marfa, Bushwick, Oaxaca, Rome International, Mar del Plata and the American Film Festival in Poland, to name a few. BFE has won four awards including a Sarasota Film Festival Special Jury Prize for Best Ensemble, Rome International Film Festival's Gladiator Award, US in Porgress's Special Mention and Portland Film Festival's Director Award. His short films: "The Last Virgin," “Gimme Music, Gimme Shelter,” “A Night in the Sunlight,” and “Safe Passage” have also played a number of film festivals, most notably the Seattle International Film Festival, Seattle Erotic Arts Festival, 1 Reel, San Francisco Independent Film Festival and the Jecheon Int'l Music & Film Festival in Korea.
He received his MFA in acting through the University of Washington’s PATP (Professional Actor Training Program) and thereafter appeared onstage at all of Seattle’s major theaters including the Seattle Repertory Theatre, ACT, the Intiman and the Seattle Children’s Theatre. In addition to the stage, Shawn has acted in numerous short, feature and student films, industrials, training videos, commercials and the TV shows "Grimm," "Leverage" and “The Fugitive.”
In addition to teaching approaches to acting (“the 250 Series”) at the University of Washington and “Acting for the Camera” at the Seattle Children’s Theatre, Shawn has developed his own class “Acting and the Camera,” which he teaches independently.
Since 2005, Shawn has also been a Casting Assistant at Complete Casting, where he has helped cast hundreds of projects for film, TV, print, internet and new media.
In addition to acting, casting, teaching and filmmaking, Shawn is also a professional writer. Since 1998, he has written music criticism for the Seattle Post-Intelligencer, the Rocket, the Tablet, Seattle Sound Magazine, the Louisville Eccentric Observer and eyeheartmusic.com. He is working on a memoir “I Gave My Ears to Rock ‘N’ Roll” which chronicles his experiences, observations and philosophies related to music, music appreciation and music criticism.