Shawn Shafner

Shawn Shafner (he/they) is an artist, educator, and facilitator. As founder of The People’s Own Organic Power (POOP) Project, Shawn catalyzes conversations about sustainable sanitation for every pooper – and the planet we poop on. From the floor of the United Nations to the mountains of Rwanda, he has spread poop positivity since 2010 on four continents, at colleges across the country, toured four critically-acclaimed shows, released three years of podcast episodes, produced one feature-length documentary, a book (published by Cider Mill Press, distributed by Simon & Schuster), and had countless conversations about the doo we all do doo. More at

In his other lives, Shawn teaches meditation and mindful creativity, leads movement classes through the lineage of choreographer Tamar Rogoff, sings with Marisa Michelson’s Constellation Chor Ensemble, tells stories to young children and their families, and facilitates arts-integrated workshops for learners of all ages.

Shawn is the humble recipient of some fancy fellowships, grants, and awards. His work is featured in three books (now four!), and he’s performed at Madison Square Garden, with the New York Philharmonic at Lincoln Center, and many more – but he doesn’t like to brag. He just wants to spread love, have fun and make meaningful connections.

So let’s get started already!