Freedom For Superman by Shaun Fauntleroy

Thrilled to be making my National Black Theatre debut in a reading of Tracey Conyer Lee's new play Freedom for Superman. SIDE NOTE: About nine years ago I saw a production of Tracey Scott Wilson's play The Good Negro at The Public Theater starring Anthony Mackie along with  other incredible actors. One of the actors took my breath away and after the play I came up to him afterwards and told him so. That actor was J. Bernard Calloway and after a few minutes of us both saying "I know you from somewhere," with furrowed brows, I realized that we were familiar to one another because I'd fan-girled him way back when. He was a dream to work with, as was Tracey and Keven. This was such a lovely experience. Enriching on every level.

FREEDOM FOR SUPERMAN
Written by Tracey Conyer Lee
Directed by Kevin R. Free

Featuring:
J. BERNARD CALLOWAY (Wilson), 
TRACEY CONYER LEE (Ruby), 
SHAUN BENNET FAUNTLEROY (Claire) 

Wilson sees nothing wrong with his life, his marriage to Ruby, or his job as a police officer in the midst of the BlackLivesMatter movement, and smiles through pain Ruby wishes he would share.When family friend, Claire, loses her husband to the quick trigger of a white cop, Wilson is forced to explore his manhood, guns, secrets not well kept, and what it means to live your truth in an America built on lies. 
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Keep Soul Alive Mondays is a reading series that showcases the works of twenty-three (23) Black Playwrights. The readings take place on the second and last Monday of every month and starts at 7:30 pm at the National Black Theatre.

Please, Mrs. West by Shaun Fauntleroy

Monday, January 30 I'll be performing in Sophia Heinecke's new play, Please, Mrs. West, directed by one of my favorite artists, Madeline Barasch. When I first read this play it blew me away — it's timely, unexpectedly compassionate, and insightful.

Please, Mrs. West.
a new play by Sophia Valera Heinecke | directed by Madeline Barasch
Featuring: Shaun B. Fauntleroy as Alice Alston | Evelyn Spahr as Kim Kardashian West
Chelsea Villematic Harrison reading Stage Directions
Stage Manager: Joanne Pan
Projections by Ingrid Larson

About Please Mrs. West:
The year is 2019. Kanye has been assassinated on the campaign trail approaching the date for the presidential election, for which he is a nominee.

Kim is sitting down for an interview — something that for once is not controlled by her mother, or, she hopes, centering around her own pop culture identity. The interview quickly devolves into a conversation between two strong and notable women contending with issues of motherhood, public life in the age of new and social media, and female celebrity.

EBP on Monthly Pussy Play Reading Group:
The group is an inclusive community that was founded in Summer 2014 by a few EBP members before EBP was conceived. That said, the group is not exclusive to EBP artists. We welcome listeners and participators who represent the diversity of Brooklyn and beyond as it relates to race, ethnicity, gender, religion, sexual orientation, and socio-economic class. We celebrate women-identifying writers and choose to read their work, and we support a platform for women-identifying actors, artists, and appreciators to be the readers of the material.

Portraits by Shaun Fauntleroy

Coming up next, I'll be performing an excerpt from Sir Thomas More in Portraits - an art gala to benefit Syrian Refugees. I'm thrilled to be a small part of this and I invite you to join us.

"Portraits: Returning to a New Home" is an art gala featuring NYC artists who will be sharing their personal experiences on home, escape, and immigration in order to raise funds for refugees of the Syrian Civil War. Proceeds will go to the International Rescue Committee (https://www.rescue.org/).

This gala exists not only to raise money to aid in the resettlement of refugees in America but to declare that their stories are our stories and they are welcome here. Though this may be the first time they have come to these shores, they are returning to a new home.

The event will take place on Sunday, December 11, 2016 and will present art pieces in a number of mediums including photographs, paintings, fashion pieces, spoken word, literary readings, and musical performances. Featured artists include painter Jon Lai, photographer Thalith Nasir, pianist Javor Bracic, writer Stephanie Nikolopolous, actress Shaun Bennet Fauntleroy, and illustrator, Craig "Flux" Singleton.

During the event, guests will enjoy light appetizers, a cash bar, DJ, live performances, raffle prizes, a silent auction for select art pieces, and the opportunity to interact with the artists. 

Tickets will go on sale at the beginning of November. 
Early bird tickets (until 12/4): $25 for 1 guest and $40 for 2 guests.
From 12/4 - 12/10: $30 for 1 guest and $50 for 2 guests.
At the door: $40

October NY Madness by Shaun Fauntleroy

So, I wrote a little something for October Madness: Facing Fears Madness! and the wonderful Ben Ferber is directing it! It features the extraordinary talents of Jennifer Tsay, Kathleen Choe, Chinaza Uche, and Imran Sheikh.

Like me, this play is sexy in the most awkward way possible and this unbelievable dream team is gonna kill it!

Madness Writers and Directors: 

Dennis A. Allen II directed by Julie Kramer
Maggie Bofill directed by Dina Vovsi
Nat Cassidy directed by Michele Travis
Shaun Bennet Fauntleroy directed by Ben Ferber
Gina Femia directed by Taylor Reynolds
Julienne L. Hairston directed by Illana Stein
Judith Leora directed by Ali Ayala
Nilsa Reyna directed by Lu Bellini
Deborah Yarchun directed by Lizzy Bryce 

New York Madness brings together a fierce lineup of artists to create an evening of new plays based on a theme announced on week ahead of the event.

EST Youngblood | Series B by Shaun Fauntleroy

Youngblood's Asking for Trouble 2016 - Series B

In continuing this month's running streak of working with people I adore.

FOR THE LOVE OF MAUD
by Abby Rosebrock
directed by Mikhaela Mahony
featuring Shaun Bennet Fauntleroy†, Jason Liebman†*, Kelli Lynn Harrison†*, Eric T. Miller†, & Kana Hatakeyama

THE TRICYCLE PANTHER
by Will Arbery
directed by Linsay Firman*
featuring Tom Nieboer, Olivia Stoker, Jo Eubanks, & Wei-Yi Lin

IN BETWEEN THE LIES
by Lydia Blaisdell
directed by Pirronne Yousefzadeh*
featuring Keola Simpson†, Debbie Lee Jones†*, & Dawn Evans†*

LAST CIGARETTE
by Dan Giles
directed by Dara Malina
featuring Lily Balsen†, Diana Ruppe†*, & Alex J. Gould†

CHOCOLATE FURNITURE

by Claire Kiechel
directed by Nick Leavens
featuring J. Stephen Branley† & Lucy DeVito*†

ARTICHOKE HEARTS
by Catya McMullen
directed by Danya Taymor
featuring Mikumari Caiyhe†, Briana Pozner†, Seth Moore, & Mike Smith Rivera†*

†Denotes Member of Actors Equity Association
*Denotes Ensemble Artist

Eric T. Miller, Kana Hatakeyama, Me

Eric T. Miller, Kana Hatakeyama, Me

Uncanny County: The Tub by Shaun Fauntleroy

Uncanny County's 9th Podcast Episode, "The Tub" (written by William Franke and featuring yours truly), is now available!

Ashley wants her aging parents to move into assisted living. Reed and Cheryl have other ideas, and want to retain their independence in their golden years. But when they move into a house with strange amenities, they soon realize that Reed’s “senior moments” are the least of their problems.

Written by William Franke. Produced by AJ Cermak, sound design by William Franke and Todd Faulkner, audio mastering by Anthony Thompson.

Featuring: Amy Lee Pearsall as Cheryl, Kristin Price as Ashley, and Shelley Valfer as Reed, along with the vocal talents of William Franke, Nicole Greevy, Alison Crane, Shaun Bennet Fauntleroy, Griffin Robert Faulkner, Violet Truman, and Todd Faulkner.

Brooklyn Generator | REUNION by Shaun Fauntleroy

Sunday August 28th, 2016 I had the pleasure of performing in Nandita Shenoy's BRAND NEW PLAY written for The Brooklyn Generator in less-than-30-days titled, REUNION. I jump at any chance to work with Nandita or on her writing (or both!) so this was a treat. Additionally, I've been wanting to work with May Adrales for a while so...double treat!

REUNION
Written by Nandita Shenoy
Directed by May Adrales

Featuring:
Cindy Cheung*, Shaun Bennet Fauntleroy*, Sanjiv Jhaveri*, Annie McNamara*, Jeffrey Omura*, CJ Wilson*

*Member of AEA

Location: 
Jimmy's #43
43 East 7th Street

Look at that cast!

Look at that cast!

The Tempest by Shaun Fauntleroy

The Tempest begins previews today! Great beginning press from DNA Info, Brooklyn Paper, and Playbill.com (Best of summer outdoor theatre).

I'm so happy to be doing Shakespeare this summer with a group of people that I truly adore. The rehearsals have been a dream and I've been having a blast. Come join us! Seats are free, and first come first serve.

Director Beth Ann Hopkins
Assistant Director Beth Jastroch
Original Music Composition Clara Strauch (sample below)
Costume Design  Sherry Martinez
Percussion Michael McQuilken & Oliver Palmer
Set & Prop Design Alicia Dawn Bullen
Lighting Design Adam Carpenter

Featuring: Raquel Chavez, Shannon Condon, Kate Eastman, Shaun B. Fauntleroy*, John Hardin, Patrick Harvey, Brian Demar Jones, Joe Jung*, Peter Molesworth, Catherine Mullins, Kate Ross*, Sam Richardson, Andrew Ricci, Nora Rickey, Will Sarratt, Caroline Smith, JT Stocks and Corey Whelihan.

 *Courtesy of Actors Equity Association

Sound from The Tempest.

Bryan is Fine by Shaun Fauntleroy

On the set of Bryan is Fine. I'm there on the right.

On the set of Bryan is Fine. I'm there on the right.

This past weekend I shot my scenes for Gabriel Clermont's Bryan is Fine. It was an incredible shoot filled with truly wonderful people both on the cast and crew. Playing my husband Bryan was Jarid Faubel and playing my sister-in-law was Kelly Elizabeth Wray. 

The physical transition from "Shaun" to "Bryan's wife Lydia" was helped along by the handiwork of Jessica Rios. It was fun to look completely different for a day as I embodied a hot shot publisher.

 

 

 

PEN PAL by Shaun Fauntleroy

Had such a fantastic time yesterday shooting Pen Pal! Richard Lovejoy wrote this beautiful script and Laura Maxfield of MaxFly Films (who is an INCREDIBLE director!) directed it.

Also on hand were Jordan Smith (Assistant Director), Kent Meister (DP, Kent Meister Photography), and Morgan Zipf-Meister (Set Designer, Producer, Craft Services, and all around bad ass). It was a great day, and the fact that the entire production team is filled with wonderful, crazily talented people was a huge part of that. 

The Pain and the Ecstasy by Shaun Fauntleroy

From L to R: Yours Truly, Ilana Stein, Neil LaBute, Stephen Dexter, Cecilia Copeland (Photo credit: Joel Stigliano)

From L to R: Yours Truly, Ilana Stein, Neil LaBute, Stephen Dexter, Cecilia Copeland (Photo credit: Joel Stigliano)

Last night was the season launch of New York Madness' sixth glorious season. As a topic, our guest playwright, Neil LaBute chose "Racial Madness." Needless to say, it was a poignant, and at times uncomfortable, evening and thinking back on it I'm reminded how grateful I am to be a part of this company and last night's event. I'm still processing last night, and I'm blown away that despite the hard truths and differing viewpoints there was so much love and generosity in that room. I felt safe going into unsafe places and that, and being a part of last night, is invaluable. That's what it's all about, right? I also met a lot of rock solid artists which is always a bonus. 

The pieces I had the pleasure of performing in were:

BE SOCIAL, by Micheline Auger
directed by Ilana Stein
with Stephen Dexter & Shaun Bennet Fauntleroy

THIS IS NOT A PLAY, by Joshua Young
directed by Lu Bellini
with Charles Everett, Shaun Bennet Fauntleroy, and Eric Percival