Shontina Vernon uses creative writing, music, and theatre to help youth, women, and people of color locate the power of their own voices. Based on an alternative-to-incarceration program for young people in King County, Seattle, Visionary Justice StoryLab is an interdisciplinary arts “collaboratory” in which artists and community organizers use media and performance to surface young peoples’ narratives of systemic oppression.
Bio: Shontina is a writer, musician, performer, and teaching artist. Her interdisciplinary work fuses live music, poetic narrative, and multi-media to tell the diverse stories of underrepresented communities. She is a National Performance Network touring artist, a recipient of 4Culture’s Artist Grant and a nominated playwright on the Kilroy’s List. Her work has been performed at the ACT Theatre (Seattle), WoWiWo (Denmark), LaMama (New York City), and the Central District Forum for Arts and Ideas (Seattle). A believer in the transformative power of re-imagining our personal narratives, Shontina facilitates workshops using creative writing, music, and theatre to help participants locate the power of their own voices. In 2016, she will present a new experimental work at “On the Boards” as part of the 2016 Northwest New Works Festival.