Awards & Winners

David Shiner

Date of Birth 13-September-1953
Place of Birth Boston
(Suffolk County, Massachusetts, United States of America, Area code 617, Area code 857)
Nationality United States of America
Also know as Fool Moon
Profession Clown, Actor, Theatre Director, Playwright
David Shiner is an American actor, clown, playwright and theater director. Shiner was born in Boston, Massachusetts, the son of Francis Shiner, a computer programmer, and a homemaker mother. The lanky Shiner, usually donning a small dunce cap, started as a street mime, first in Colorado, and later in France and Germany. He managed to get multiple gigs with various circuses, including performances with the German Circus Roncalli and the Swiss National Circus. In between he toured performing a dual act with René Bazinet. From 1990 he was featured in Cirque du Soleil's production Nouvelle Expérience, touring for 19 months through Canada and the USA and playing for another year in Las Vegas. With his antics, including stepping through, on and over much of the crowd and the staging of a mock silent-movie melodrama with four members of the audience, he may be the best-remembered of the Cirque's clowns. In 1995, he also starred in Man of the House, alongside Chevy Chase and Jonathan Taylor Thomas, playing Lloyd Small. The production was filmed for HBO and Shiner's popularity rendered him film roles as a clown in Lorenzo's Oil and as straight man to Bill Irwin in Sam Shepard's Silent Tongue. He and Irwin then created the two-man, wordless show Fool Moon, featuring music by the Red Clay Ramblers, which had also performed in Silent Tongue. This "evening of inspired lunacy" ran from 1992 to 1999, including three separate runs at Broadway. The show won a special Tony for "Live Theatrical Presentation" in 1999, a Drama Desk Award for Unique Theatrical Experience, and an Outer Critics Circle "Special Achievement" Award.

Awards by David Shiner

Check all the awards nominated and won by David Shiner.


Nominations 2000 »

Award Nominated Nominated Work
Helen Hayes Awards for Outstanding Lead Actor, Non-Resident Production Fool Moon


Special Tony Award
Honored for : Fool Moon
(For a Live Theatrical Presentation)

Nominations 1999 »

Award Nominated Nominated Work
Special Tony Award Fool Moon
For a Live Theatrical Presentation


Outer Critics Circle Special Award
Honored for : Fool Moon