Shannon Geier is a local playwright and the founder/artistic director of because why not? theatre company. Past words include “Paradigm”, “Power:A King John Story” and “Fat”. Her next piece “Shakespeare’s Women or The Bard’s Broads” will be presented at Shake 38 as well as the 2017 St. Lou Fringe Festival.
Q: What was your first experience in theatre?
I attended a Creative Arts School in Cincinnati, grades 5-7. It was fun but if you couldn’t sing (which I couldn’t and still can’t) you weren’t going to get into any of the shows. Basically I did nothing with theatre except attend for the next 35 years!
Q: What is the best piece of career advice anyone has ever given you?
“More white space on the page” – Taylor Gruenloh. “Keep going on this project, you have a story to tell!” Lucy Cashion & Will Bonfiglio. “All you need to start a theatre company is a name for it.” Joe Hanrahan. Just to name a few. St. Louis Theatre community is and was so insanely supportive of a 45 year old woman with zero experience and not a clue who wanted to do theatre. I am so grateful to everyone.
Q: Tell us about a backstage or onstage mishap you lived through.
The biggest almost mishap was on “Fat” where we lost our stage manager to the flu 2 days before opening night and Andrea Standby and Kevin Bowman tried to teach me to do lights and sounds. It wasn’t pretty. Luckily we were all saved by an angel named Brittany Chandler who arrived, grabbed a script and to quote Kevin Bowman “Stage managed the f*&% out of our show!”
Q: What is your dream role?
My dream project hasn’t been written yet. It’s a story out there that hasn’t been told but is waiting to be. Maybe it’s in my head, maybe it’s in someone else’s but I’ll hunt it down like a dog in the street!
Q: What is your current guilty TV Pleasure?
I’m so busy, but right now I’m addicted to anthologies where you get a snapshot of people’s lives and a great story in 10-30 minutes and then you move on. Easy on Netflix and High Maintenance on HBO are my favorites!
Thank you Shannon- we look forward to seeing more work from why not?
Grace Austin is a local STL area director and educator.
See her work at gracemaustin.com.