A passionate jazz/blues musician traveled the world, playing music and falling in love over and over again. When he dies, he leaves behind seven sons in seven different cities, an inheritance and mission to do in death what he didn’t have the courage to do in life – bring his sons together. In order to recieve their inheritance, all seven sons (who only find out about each other after their father’s passing) must spend a few days in a cabin in the middle of nowhere, getting to know each other.
Shawn Whitsell will discuss his process of writing, directing and producing the family drama PAPA WAS. Q and A session will follow. Suggested audiences: College/University Departments (Theatre, Creative Writing, English, Black Studies, and more); Corporate Events; Social, Sororal, and Fraternal Organizations; Writing Groups; Family Reunions; General Theatre Audience
Shawn Whitsell is a father, activist, poet and teaching artist. He is also an actor, playwright, director, producer and founder of the Destiny Theatre Experience. His one-man show 23/1 was named "Best Blend of Theater and Activism" by the Nashville Scene, for its message about solitary confinement and mass incarceration. When he isn't onstage, he visits schools and community spaces, teaching spoken word for Southern Word and drama for a number of arts institutions. He also serves as a volunteer for the School for Alternative Learning & Transformation (SALT) at Riverbend Maximum Security Institution. Shawn was a 2020 Nashville New Leaders Council fellow and is currently a member of the NLC board. He also serves on the boards of Street Theatre Company and Rooftop Nashville. He is a member of the Metro Nashville Community Oversight Board and the Co-Chair of the Criminal Justice Task Force for Nashville Organized For Action and Hope (NOAH).
Email us with your date preferences and budget, and we will contact you to discuss/confirm. Suggested fee is $250. We can work with budgets for HCBUs or programs with limited resources/special circumstances.
Email us with your date preferences and budget, and we will contact you to discuss/confirm. Suggested fee is $400/day plus expenses..
Email us and we will connect you with Shawn Whitsell to discuss arrangements/budget.