Sha CageMcKnight Theater Artist Fellowships 2011
Shá Cage is an actor, playwright, and performance artist. Noted theater roles include: Agnes in Mixed Blood's Agnes Under the Big Top, Helena in Frank Theatre's Eclipsed, The Bride in Ten Thousand Things' Blood Wedding, Venus in Frank Theatre's Venus, Tonia in the History Theatre's Kirby Puckett Story, Frank Theatre's F*cking A as Hester, and as Josephine in Mixed Blood's Ruined. The past few years for Cage marked regional and national print and television commercials, eight performance commissions, Twin Cities "Theater Artist of the Year" mentions for the past six lead roles, an international tour in England, and the female voice in Target's "Art Connects" national commercial campaign, launched on the '09 BET awards. She was invited to perform at the Media Reform Conference alongside Dan Rather and Amy Goodman, was named a 2009 "Changemaker" by the Women's Press, was named a Community Leader by the Loft's Equilibrium program, and won the Urban Griots "Female Spoken Word Artist of the Year" award. She is Artistic Director of the MN Spoken Word Association and a founder of Mama Mosaic Theater (for Women), and can be seen regularly in television commercials for such companies as Slumberland and AAA. Her work and performance have taken her all across the U.S., to South Africa, England, France, the Netherlands, Croatia, Mali, and Canada. Cornel West says of Cage's performance: "Inspiring and evocative!"
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