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Shannon TL Kearns is a transgender man who’s playwriting is obsessed with big questions told through small stories. He is a playwright, Artistic Director, sometimes actor, speaker, priest, and theologian. He is committed to work by and for marginalized communities, using writing to create a new future for all of us.

He is the founder and Artistic Director of Uprising Theatre Company in Minneapolis, MN. He is the co-founder of QueerTheology.com.

He is the Transgender Council Liaison for Mixed Blood Theatre in Minneapolis. He is the director of Faith Formation at St. Peder’s Lutheran church.

Shannon is a Playwrights’ Center Jerome Fellow for 2020/2021.

He is a Finnovation Fellow for 2019/2020 and a Lambda Literary Fellow for 2019.

He was awarded a spot in the HBMG Foundations’ Winter Playwright Retreat in 2018 and 2019. He has participated in Pillsbury House Theatre’s Chicago Avenue Project writing plays for and with children. He was a finalist for the Equity Library Theatre of Chicago’s Reading Series, the 2019 TransLab, and the American Stages 2019 New Play Festival.

He also teaches storytelling and playwriting for youth and adults.

Shannon’s plays include in a stand of dying trees, Line of Sight, Twisted Deaths, The Resistance of My Skin, and Who Has Eyes To See.