Shawn Shafner is an artist, educator and activist. Creator of The People’s Own Organic Power Project (www.thePOOPproject.org), he has spread poop positivity on four continents, released three years of Poopcast podcast episodes, devised two critically-acclaimed shows, produced one feature-length documentary, and probably had more conversations about poop with more strangers than anyone on the planet. His new show ASSUME THE THRONE will tour living rooms across America starting Fall 2018.
Outside of The POOP Project, Shawn pursues work that invites human interaction and connection. Community-based projects include The Clap (with Laura Silver), art walks for Elastic City and Jane’s Walks NYC, and Latch/Attach commissioned by the World Policy Institute and Fourth Arts Block and exhibited at Cooper Union. He was a 2005 Spielberg Fellow, 2014-15 LABA Fellow, 2014-15 iLAND/LMCC resident, 2017 Global Social Impact House fellow through UPenn’s Center for Social Impact Strategy, a 2018 Performing Arts Legacy Fellow, and is a member of the Charles and Lynn Schusterman Foundation’s ROI Community. An accomplished singer and theater-maker, Shawn’s performances have graced New York Stages from Madison Square Garden to Joe’s Pub, and venues around the world including the Institute for Contemporary Art in London, and Harpa Concert Hall in Iceland. He is a founding member of Marisa Michelson’s Constellation Chor, and spent the summer of 2017 in residence at the Art Monastery Project, directing a new play about white supremacy. Shawn teaches movement through the lineage of acclaimed choreographer Tamar Rogoff, tells original stories for young children and their families, develops arts-integrated curriculum, and is consultant for cultivating creativity, mindfulness and joy.