Shawn M. Mortensen (Director/Choreographer)

Shawn is an accomplished performer, director, choreographer, set designer and producer. He has been involved at SCERA since 1999 when he made his first appearance in a show about the afterlife and what happens at judgement. Since then he has been seen as the Cat in the Hat, Scarecrow, Frog, a melodious tenor in Plaid, a long nosed herald and the devil, to name a few.His choreography has won the prestigious title of "shawnography" by the many cast members he has worked with over the years. Shawnography can only be described as "jumping jacks on drugs, mixed with a lot of strange sounds and some Fosse-styled leg movement..." But when it's all together in perfect synchronization it's pretty spectacular. Shawn has provided choreography for Smokey Joe's Cafe, Tarzan, Disco Inferno, Plaid Tidings, Once Upon a Mattress, The Addams Family and many more. Shawn loves to choreograph, but his second love is directing and he has provided direction and choreography for many shows and finds the process of interweaving movement and dance to further the telling of stories both a challenge and a unique opportunity to combine both to deliver a powerful message.From starting on the SCERA stage over 15 years ago to directing, choreographing, producing and designing some of Utah Valley's most stunning productions, Shawn is no stranger to the stage. He strives to make working on a production fun for the entire cast and loves to create a sense of community. Family and a desire for everyone to present a production with "exactness!"