Shawntai Genell Brown


Playwright - Poet - Literacy Advocate

UPCOMING SHOWS

WHEN THE MOON YELLS – A blind woman shoots her shot as the person who passes her porch most nights. October Play Readings, Ann Arbor Civic Theatre, register to watch @https://forms.gle/CGGvHPzj65K1Mnwo8 10/23, 7pm virtual

CUT SHORT – A hairdresser calls her estranged friend on Juneteenth to ask for her wig back. Gay4Detroit One Act Festival, watch @ theRingwald.com VOTE VOTE VOTE (for my work this weekend, and then again Nov. 3) Show premiers 10/23 8am through 10/25 virtual

OUT OF BODY – A closeted teacher confronted with a student’s call for a QSA forgets to press mute on a video call. Hear Our Cry, Peppermint Creek Theatre, DRIVE IN SHOW, tickets @ www.peppermintcreek.org Lansing MI 7pm in person

8:46 – Sean Paraventi, Angela King and Shawntai Brown mesh the voices of our community in an exploration of race and policing in the wake of George Floyd (and so many others)The Breath Project, watch @ tinyurl.com/tbp-festival-2020, 10/24 7pm virtual

About

Shawntai Brown is a Detroit playwright, poet and literacy advocate with a Bachelor of Arts in English (Creative Writing emphasis) from Western Michigan University and a Master of Arts in Literacy Learning from Marygrove College. Her plays center oral testimony, queer identity and Black community. She serves on the education sub-committee for Extra Mile Playwrights Theater.

She is the founder and writer of eLLe, an episodic play series following 6 lesbian, bi and queer women. eLLe was created in 2010 and has been in production since 2011.

Over the decade, Brown has birthed more than 16 plays centering queer people of color.

"My work isn’t to fill in the gaps, it is made to create new spaces. My characters are not the best friend or brief anecdotes in a larger story. Queer characters of color are the center. Honoring diversity within queer characters (gender presentation, relationship structures, age, race, SES and career) has provided lgbtq+ actors more opportunities to play characters they intersect with, and provided an entry point for conversations and community building."

You can find her poetry in Kaleidoscope, Cactus Heart, and Synaesthesia Magazine and Wayne Literary Review (coming 2020).

Plays Produced
“Church Hats,” New Play Workshop, Western Michigan University, 2008
“eLLe 1: The L Word continued,” Fire Historical and Cultural Arts Collaborative, theatrical series, 2010.
“eLLe 2: The L Word continued,” Fire Historical and Cultural Arts Collaborative, theatrical series, 2010.
“eLLe 3:,” PULSE Organic, Fire Historical and Cultural Arts Collaborative, theatrical series, 2011.
“eLLe 4: Going the Distance,” Fire Historical and Cultural Arts Collaborative, theatrical series, 2011.
“eLLe 5: You’ve Made Your Bed,” Fire Historical and Cultural Arts Collaborative, theatrical series, 2011.
“eLLe 6: Shift,” Fire Historical and Cultural Arts Collaborative, theatrical series, 2012.
“Breadcrumbs: Journey to Authenticity,” Kalamazoo Black Arts and Cultural Center, 2013
“eLLe 7: Can We Talk,” Fire Historical and Cultural Arts Collaborative, 2013
“Ghost Town,” (author) Detroit, NY 10-minute Play Festival, The Dirty Blondes Theatre, New York, NY, 2014.
“eLLe 8: Every Door the Closes,” Fire Historical and Cultural Arts Collaborative, theatrical series, 2015.
“A Detroit Carol,” (co-authors, acting) Extra Mile Playwrights Theatre, Light Up Livernois, 2016.
“eLLe 9: New Positions,” Queer Theatre Kalamazoo, theatrical series, 2018.
“We’re Here,” (co-author, acting) Extra Mile Playwrights Theatre, Light Up Livernois, Voices from the Neighborhood, 2018.
“We Own Everything,” 48 Hours Detroit, Alessee Hall, 2019.
“When the Moon Yells,” Detroit Fringe Festival, Jam Handy, 2019.
“eLLe 10: This Lane Open,” Face Off Theatre, Epic Center Kalamazoo, Mi, 2019.
“Don’t Break Up Over Text,” Violet Surprise: Lez Beaus, The Martin, Chicago, Il, to be staged Feb. 2020.


Staged Readings
“Covert: Voices from the Civil Rights Movement,” Douglas Center DYAC, Kalamazoo, 2013.
“Morgue,” staged reading, The Play’s the Thing, Ann Arbor Civic Theater, 2015.
“Hardyman,” Extra Mile Playwrights Theatre, Community Night, 2015.
“Bridge to Canada,” Extra Mile Playwrights Theatre, Community Night, 2015.
“67 Rebellion: A memoir play,” Extra Mile Playwrights Theatre, Northwestern Unitarian Universalist, 2018.
“Her Name Was A’laika,” The Plays The Thing, Ann Arbor Civic Theatre, Ann Arbor, Mi, to be read Jan. 2020.
“Don’t Break Up Over Text,” The Plays The Thing, Ann Arbor Civic Theatre, Ann Arbor, Mi, to be read Jan. 2020.


Speaking Engagements and Workshops
Horizontal Hostility, Forging Justice: Creating Safe, Equal and Accountable Communities, 2013.
First Friday Poetry, feature poet, performance, Fire Historical and Cultural Arts Collaborative, 2015.
Extra Mile Playwrights Theatre creation workshop, Brainstorm: Summer Institute, InsideOut Literary Arts Project, Detroit Public Library, 2019.
“Uncover Your Ears: When Youth Voice is the Loudest in the Room,” Luncheon speaker, MCTE Conference, Lansing, Mi, 2019.
“In Tune with Social Justice,” workshop, MCTE Conference, Lansing, Mi, 2019.

Contact

For links to
For inquiries on literacy advocacy or writing workshop, send an email to [email protected]

For playwriting and theatre inquiries, email [email protected]

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