Shawntai G. Brown


Shawntai Brown is a Detroit playwright, poet and literacy advocate with a Bachelor of Arts in English (Creative Writing emphasis) from Western Michigan University and a Master of Arts in Literacy Learning from Marygrove College. Her plays center oral testimony, queer identity and Black community. She serves on the education sub-committee for Extra Mile Playwrights Theater.

She is the founder and writer of eLLe, an episodic play series following 6 lesbian, bi and queer women. eLLe was created in 2010 and has been in production since 2011.

“My work isn’t to fill in the gaps, it is made to create new spaces. My characters are not the best friend or brief anecdotes in a larger story. Queer characters of color are the center. Honoring diversity within queer characters (gender presentation, relationship structures, age, race, SES and career) has provided lgbtq+ actors more opportunities to play characters they intersect with, and provided an entry point for conversations and community building.”

Over the decade, Brown has birthed more than 16 plays centering queer people of color.

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