Shannon Sickels (Yee)
Shannon Sickels (Yee) is an award-winning playwright and producer, based in Northern Ireland. Shannon’s perspectives as an immigrant, ethnic minority, and queer artist with a disability living in NI are deeply embedded in her work. Her most recent work, Reassembled, Slightly Askew immerses audiences in her first-hand experience of nearly dying and her subsequently acquired brain injury.
Reassembled… has received 4 and 5-star reviews in The Stage (UK), TheGuardian, Evening Standard, and Arts Review and earned Shannon a Hospital Club h100 Theatre & Performance Award alongside such talent as Kristin Scott-Thomas, Beverley Knight and Paines Plough. It was part of Battersea Arts Centre’s ‘A Nation’s Theatre Festival’ in London (May 2016), was nominated for three Dublin Fringe Festival awards and will tour Northern Ireland and England in 2017.
Shannon is a member of Agent 160, a UK-wide female playwright-led company that aims to rectify the gender imbalance in professional theatre productions. Information about her previous work and current projects is available at:http://shannonyee.wordpress.com/.
Q. Shannon, what do you think of when you think of ‘Queer Media’ and what you are looking forward to at this year’s Festival?
A. When I think of the phrase ‘queer media’, I think of queer people crafting their own experiences and telling them in ways that challenge tradition. I’m looking forward to meeting other queer artists at this year’s conference, hearing about their work and being inspired.
Shannon will be part of the Live Performance Panel on November 5th, starting at 2PM.
Check out a clip of Shannon’s work here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0wvV5dUjpMg