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Satori Shakoor

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Satori Shakoor is an artist, a veteran of live performance and a social entrepreneur. She has received international recognition and acclaim as a singer and recording artist with “Parliament/Funkadelic” and as one of “The Brides of Funkenstein.” Ms. Shakoor is an actor, standup comedienne, produced playwright, television comedy writer, television producer/writer and published writer. In a word she is a storyteller. In 1992, while living in Los Angeles, Ms. Shakoor brought together a collective of poets, spoken word and visual artists called, “The Black Avante Garde.” The group addressed the political climate after the Rodney King riots through the art and spoken word.

Ms. Shakoor is the catalyst and a founding member of the award-winning Obsidian Theatre Company in Toronto. Founded in 1999, Obsidian Theatre is the leading, culturally diverse theatre company in Canada. In 2011, Ms. Shakoor is a Moth main stage storyteller and host. She hosts the Moth story slam in Ann Arbor, sponsored by Michigan Radio. One of her stories aired globally on The Moth Radio Hour, on NPR. Ms. Shakoor has told stories throughout the country with The Moth.

In 2012, Ms. Shakoor created The Secret Society Of Twisted Storytellers, a curated, monthly live storytelling event that features real people who tell true stories, live at Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History. TSSOTS has a global mission to connect humanity, heal and transform community and to provide an uplifting, thought-provoking, soul-cleansing entertainment experience through the art and craft of storytelling. TSSOTS is one of the 56 winners of the inaugural 2013 Detroit Knight Arts Challenge and is prominently featured in the Knight Foundation’s, Emmy award-winning documentary, Acres of Diamonds. Ms. Shakoor is the story director and coach for The Secret Society Of Twisted Storytellers. She manages all aspects of the live productions, which includes working with storytellers to assist in the crafting of their stories to present in front of an audience. Ms. Shakoor currently serves as the Executive Director for The Society for the Re-Institutionalization of Storytelling, a Michigan 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, of which TSSOTS is now a licensed production.

Since its inaugural event in 2013, Ms. Shakoor has successfully conducted storytelling workshops for the Detroit Historical Museum’s annual Storytelling Festival; as well as for Poetic Celebration, Planned Parenthood Youth Summit, N’namdi Galleries, MYLE, Detroit International Academy for Young Women, Inside Out Literary Arts, Marygrove College and Challenge Detroit. TSSOTS partners with other nonprofits to bring added value to existing programs that span the arts, business and cultural sectors in community.

Ms. Shakoor attended Michigan State University with a major in Music Performance and the University of Hawaii (Manoa) with a major in Dramatic Arts. She is a 2008 graduate of Wayne State University, with a degree in Interdisciplinary Studies. Ms. Shakoor is a Landmark Education graduate of the Curriculum for Living, Self-Expression and Leadership Program and has participated in extensive Communication courses. Ms. Shakoor is trained as a Leadership Coach and was been trained by Dr. Jim Boggs in High Stakes Interactions, a form of communication used in time-sensitive and critical situations. In her capacity as an actor, she assisted in the facilitation of Michigan Eye Bank training.

As a graduate of the Landmark Education Curriculum for Living and the Self Expression and Leadership Programs, Ms. Shakoor is trained to create projects that impact community at the level of transformation. She has successfully created, produced and implemented four such projects as referenced above in Honolulu, Los Angeles, Toronto and Detroit, two of which are thriving today. Ms. Shakoor’s past experience of note also includes founder, creator, participant, director and planner of vibrant community projects that promote our common humanity.

Ms. Shakoor is a member of the International Golden Key Honor Society with professional and non-academic credentials that include professional performing artist unions: SAG, AFTRA, AEA, CAEA, and ACTRA. She is a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., a public service organization, Writers Guild of America, Writers Guild of Canada, National Storytelling Network and National Association of Professional Women.

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