Author Archives: Shannon TL Kearns

In August of 2019 I was finishing an eight-week Intensive Outpatient Program for people needing extra treatment for things like depression, complicated PTSD, and anxiety. I felt like I was waiting for an opportunity to come along that would allow me to prove to myself and everyone else that I was in this world for a good reason. I mistook Uprising Theater Company’s audition camp for such an opportunity. Instead, through that two-week intensive, I found that I had already arrived as an artist and self-advocate in the Twin Cities theater scene. I had found a kind of home that wanted me and recognized what I had to offer. Before the intensive had ended, I was offered a role in Uprising’s fall production of In a Stand of Dying Trees.  I don’t actually remember how I heard about the acting intensive. It might have been on a facebook page, or…

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