Shaun Neblett
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PLAYWRIGHT

EDUCATOR

OWNER of

CHANGING PERCEPTIONS THEATER

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WRITING THEATER WE CAN RELATE 2...

Over the past 17 years, Shaun Neblett has created and managed multiple youth theater programs throughout low-income neighborhoods in New York City.  He is the founder of Changing Perceptions Theater, a theater company that provides theater and performance training to youth in urban communities. www.cptheater.com  As a playwright, Shaun was produced Off- Broadway when he was 18 years old at the Public Theater. Since then, his plays have been produced internationally, Off- Broadway and at regional theater venues. He is completing his “7 Homages for 7 MCs” play cycle, which is a suite of seven original plays that originate from the spirit of classic hip-hop albums. Shaun’s first completed play in the cycle pays tribute to the rapper Nas’ debut album Illmatic and was referenced by African American scholar Dr. Michael Eric Dyson as “A great play that evokes a sense of history and a sense of intimacy with people who nurture you, surround you and are a mystery to you.” 

 

7 Homages for 7 MCs

Homage 1: TBD

Homage 2: The Great Adventures of Slick Rick

Homage 3: Illmatic (See video below)

Homage 4: TBD

Homage 5: Life After Death

Homage 6: TBD

Homage 7: Let's Get Free

 

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"Shaun's homage to Illmatic is a great play that evokes a sense of history and a sense of intimacy with people who nurture you, surround you and are a mystery to you."

Dr. Michael Eric Dyson 

 

Playwright Shaun Neblett has a story to tell, and he’s using a classic record from Brooklyn’s Finest to help him tell it... the result is a street-smart production that pays homage to Biggie’s classic double-disc in both overt and subtle ways. Biggie’s lyrics are integrated into the dialogue… 

Billboard Magazine

 

From Playwright to MC SNEB- $10

Playwright Shaun Neblett utilized funding from a Jerome Foundation Grant award to create From Playwright to MC SNEB. In this 50-page chapbook, Shaun recalls why he was driven to become an independent playwright and create his 7 Homages for 7 MCs play cycle. Black artists, theater practitioners and young playwrights will especially enjoy this firsthand account of how a playwright embraced his love for theater, hip-hop culture and his journey as a writer to create theater his peers and friends could relate to and be inspired by.