Faculty profile

Henry Austin Shikongo

Acting, Directing, Voice
Assistant Professor
First Year Advisor


24A Hewitt

Office hours

Tuesday and Thursday 1-3pm

Henry Austin Shikongo is a professional actor/teacher from Ottawa, Ontario. He has performed in Canada, the United States and has toured internationally across Europe. Past credits include a musical adaptation of the Imaginary Invalid by Moliere which won multiple theater festival awards in Russia. Back in Canada he was cast in back to back productions of Twelfth Night, Blood Brothers and Hamlet all of which were nominated and won in several categories for the Capital Critics Circle and in Boston he was cast in Taylor Mac's The Lily's Revenge at the ART which was ranked in Boston's top 10 shows of 2013. Henry is a graduate of the Ottawa Theater School Acting Conservatory, holds an MFA degree in Acting from the Institute of Advanced Theater Training at Harvard University, studied physical theater dynamics at the Dell' Arte International School of Physical Theater in Blue Lake California and studied at the Moscow Art Theater School in Russia. In his spare time Henry is an avid reader, researcher and student of the sciences.


Henry is a certified Personal Resilience Trainer with the Institute of HeartMath. HeartMath is an international organization which does ground breaking scientific research on the physiology of fear, stress and anxiety.


MFA, Acting, Institute of Advanced Theater Training at Harvard University, 2013

BFA, Performance Studies, Ottawa Theatre School, 2011

Certificate, Directing, Yale School of Drama
Certificate, Shakespeare, Cambridge University 

Classes taught

  • THT-110 Introduction to Theatre
  • THT-130 Fundamentals of Acting
  • THT-230 Intermediate Acting
  • THT-330 Advanced Character Development
  • THT-381 Advanced Movement
  • THT-352 Acting Shakespeare
  • THT-430 Period Styles for the Actor
  • THT-485 Senior Seminar