Alan Shain

About the Artist

Alan Shain’s artistic work is founded on a deep commitment to taking personal responsibility for creating change. A multidisciplinary artist whose career spans through theatre, dance, storytelling, and stand-up comedy, Alan blends comedy with a strong flavour of honesty and truth while drawing from his lived experience. He has been touring his first original play, “Still Waiting for That Special Bus”, across Canada, England, the United States and Australia since 1999. Alan has done two tours in Australia and holds the honour of being the only Canadian Artist invited to the 2000 Paralympic Arts Festival in Sydney.

Disabled people need to be seen on our own terms, on how we organize our own lives, and how we contribute and bring value to the rest of society.

— Alan Shain

Artist's Programs

Curriculum Links

Developing empathy towards others; identifying ways to include others based on their ability; understanding risk in role playing; experiencing the role of humour in storytelling and drama; exploring the use of personal experience to tell a story.

Artistic Disciplines

Drama, Literary Arts


Men+, Person with a Disability


Children ages 5 - 11, Children ages 12 - 18, Seniors, Grade 4, Grade 5, Grade 6, Grade 7, Grade 8, Grade 9, Grade 10, Grade 11, Grade 12

Language Proficiency


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