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Shavey was born in Hamilton, OH but mainly grew up in Fairfield, OH, only a short distance away. It was here, at the ripe age of 8 that his love for all things performing began to develop. He joined band when he was 12 years old, playing the trumpet. It was in band that he was first introduced to Barbara Streisand in Funny Girl. Shavey had never had a voice lesson before, but by listening and singing along to her, Brian Stokes Mitchell, and Norm Lewis, he was bit by the bug and knew that was what he wanted to do. It was these performers who truly taught him how to sing.
In middle school, Shavey joined show choir, finally singing to an audience and not just along with his idols. However, it was in high school when he was given his first lead in a musical, in Fiddler On The Roof (insert laughs…it was Ohio). Shavey knew he was meant to be up on the stage. Watching the Tony awards taught him how to dance and fighting with his little sister taught him how to act. His re-enactments of The Wiz, where he would play every single character, was probably a good indication that he would grow up to pursue acting.
In 2003, Shavey made the decision to go big or go home, attending Wright State University to pursue a career in Musical Theatre. It was within these walls that his dream became a reality. He was given the opportunities at WSU to become the artist that was always inside of him and create amazing works of art, instead of recreating someone else’s art. Shavey was given the tools to make a living out of his true passion and approach his work with passion and dedication.
Shavey has worked professionally with several wonderful theatre companies including Maine State Music Theatre, The Human Race Theatre Company, Arkansas Repertory Theatre, where he received his Equity Card, and Walnut Street Theatre. Most recently he toured with the Radio City Christmas Spectacular, and just finished the West Coast premiere of The Scottsboro Boys at the Old Globe and American Conservatory Theatre, directed by Susan Stroman.
Shavey loves film, marathons of Law and Order: SVU, and traveling. He is also very big on vision boards, which give him clarity and reminds him every day that he is doing what he loves. Shavey feels that you have to put your goals and dreams out into the universe to achieve them! Stephen Sondheim is someone he looks up to and Mr. Sondheim's work speaks to his soul. “Anything you do, let it come from you. Then it will be new. Give us more to see.”