Peace! My name is Shannon Matesky. I hail from Berkeley, California. I am a producer, creative director, actress, poet, educator and activist.
An alumni of DePaul University’s Theatre School, I hold a BFA in Acting. I have performed with many theater companies including American Theatre Company, The Inconvenience, UrbanTheatre Co., The Hypocrites and Steppenwolf Theatre. I also assisted Chuck Smith in directing at the Goodman Theatre and MPAACT Theatre as well as assisted Charles Newell at The Court Theater. I have written three solo plays, “She Think She Grown” *Best Spoken Word Performance, United Solo Festival 2014, “We Gotta Eat” and “The Saga of the Return.” I am signed with Paonessa Talent Agency in Chicago and MDT Agency in San Francisco. I was the 2012 recipient of the Edes Foundation Prize for Emerging Alumni from Depaul Theatre School.
My spoken word poetry has been featured on stages across the country from classrooms, colleges to performance art spaces as well as the final season of HBO’s Def Poetry Jam. I continue to write and develop my own work. You can find more poetry under videos!
I am always an activist and teacher encouraging personal change as means of social change. I have worked for organizations such as Young Chicago Authors, Youth Speaks, Step-Up Women’s Network, Kuumba Lynx and Depaul University aiding teens and young adults in technical and life skills.
I am currently producing festivals, campaigns and solo shows around the country. I have recently produced with Youth Speaks Inc., Life is Living: Oakland, Philadelphia and Atlanta as well as Brave New Voices International Teen Poetry Festival 2015 in Atlanta.
I look forward to furthering my acting career while producing major events and productions.