Shay was born in 1984 and raised in Edmonton, Alberta. He began his artistic development at the age of 5 with dramatic arts at Stage Polaris Theatre Academy, and with martial arts in Shito-Ryu Karate. His early artistic growth would lead to dance and a versatile background in Hip Hop, Jazz, Tap, Contemporary and Ballet. He continues to develop and further his artistic practice through travel and intensive study, which has included study in music, theatre, dance and martial arts in Brazil, Japan and China.
As a performer, he has worked in the fields of Tap, Hip Hop, Contemporary Dance, Circus Arts, Film and Theatre. He most recently performed in Polaris with Crystal Pite’s company Kidd Pivot, in London and New York City, and is currently touring Monumental with The Holy Body Tattoo and God Speed You! Black Emperor.
Shay has worked as an educator and choreographer for Simon Fraser University, L’Ecole de Danse de Quebec and The London Contemporary Dance School.
As a choreographer, he’s worked for numerous industrials, commercials and films, and has collaborated with CitieBallet, Moment Factory and Decidedly Jazz Danceworks. In 2008, Shay participated in a competition supported by Les Grands Ballets Canadiens and was selected to create a choreography with 4 dancers of the company, Contrapasso, that was presented at Agora de la danse as part of a quadruple bill.
In 2010 he co-founded Vancouver-based 605 Collective, and in 2014 founded his own company - Shay Kuebler Radical System Art. Since then he has produced and directed two full-evening works, Karoshi and Glory, and will be premiering two new full-evening works, the solo performance Feasting on Famine at The Dancing on The Edge Festival in July 2016 and Telemetry in February 2017.