Shannon Kearns

Shannon Kearns

Shannon is the founder and Artistic Director of Uprising Theatre Company as well as a playwright and actor. He is a transgender man and believes that marginalized people should tell and embody their own stories on stages and pages.

Plays

  • Twisted Deaths
    Pam and Ryan couldn’t be more different. He is a young transgender man and she is an older conservative woman but when they are both diagnosed with cancer their lives intersect in ways that neither of them could have ever imagined.

    This work explores questions of identity, relationships, our health care system, and who has control over your body and life.
  • Beyond The Door
    A short play for children.

    Alex doesn't like sleeping with the closet door open and maybe for good reason. Alex hears noises and meets Sam the Explorer who claims to be there to take Alex on an adventure. A short and funny piece about overcoming your fears.
  • The Resistance Of My Skin
    Ayden and Jess have been dating. They both think that tonight might be “the night”, but each one is nervous for their own reasons. Ayden hasn’t been with anyone since his transition. Jess is afraid that her size will make Ayden run away. Can they overcome their insecurities to be intimate with one another? How can they embrace vulnerability in the midst of fear?
  • Who Has Eyes To See
    Jamie, a transgender man, gets called back to his family home by his mother, Catherine, with the cryptic message that his sister, Emily, is in trouble. With the support of his loving wife, Alison, Jamie comes home to confront family struggles, a mother that doesn’t recognize him, and a past that he thought he had left behind but that impacts him in ways he can’t even see. A touching story about family,...
    Jamie, a transgender man, gets called back to his family home by his mother, Catherine, with the cryptic message that his sister, Emily, is in trouble. With the support of his loving wife, Alison, Jamie comes home to confront family struggles, a mother that doesn’t recognize him, and a past that he thought he had left behind but that impacts him in ways he can’t even see. A touching story about family, connections, and what it means to have a home.
  • Son of a Gun
    Greg, a guy on the brink of adulthood, suffers some setbacks and makes a decision that changes everything. 25 years later Joel, another young man, attempts to make sense of the legacy his father left behind. Intertwined stories, from two generations, examine family silences, generational trauma, and the far reaching effects of one person’s decisions.