J. Shawn Durham
J. SHAWN DURHAM is a Washington, DC-based actor, playwright and novelist.
As an actor, Shawn has appeared in several films, commercials and TV projects. He plays Thomas Jefferson in the upcoming PBS film The King of Crimes, and is lead in the psychological drama/horror The House Invictus on Amazon Prime. Shawn is also featured in national commercials for Gillette, Boy Scouts of America, Febreeze, Papa John’s, HGTV’s Property Brothers, NFL, HCA Hospitals, MedStar Hospitals, Jos. A. Bank, United Way, Live! Casinos, and more.
As a writer, Shawn’s credits include his novel The Broke Brothers’ Revolution and plays, including his turn-of-the-century historical drama The Missionaries and his political satire The Great Recession (Or, ‘How Democracy Broke Its Ass Through A Comedy Of Errors’). He’s played four different characters in his one-man show Four Broke Guys: LIVE!, which was performed at the 2017 Capital Fringe Festival, the 2015 DC Black Theatre Festival, the 2015 International Cherry Blossom Festival, and in various cities across the Southeast. A native of Macon, Ga, Shawn has penned projects featuring the GEICO Caveman mascot, music videos for the musician River Nelson and more. Shawn is a 2017 Arena Stage Playwrights Arena fellow and a former newspaper journalist.
CHRISTIN MEADOR is a storyteller, filmmaker, performing artist, community organizer, and social justice advocate. Originally from Augusta, Georgia, Christin attended New York University, earning a degree in Dance and Latin American Studies. She completed the drama conservatory program at the William Esper Studio and is currently studying at Duke University’s Center for Documentary Studies. Christin’s work is grounded in anti-racist, transformative justice, and somatic abolitionist practices.
Christin has performed in Dance Exchange’s Drift at the Kennedy Center, in a staged reading of Dustin Lance Black’s 8, in choreography by Taye Diggs for Dancers Responding to AIDS, and alongside Grammy Award winning musician Sam Bush in the Augusta Ballet’s Hatfields and McCoys.
Christin believes that storytelling, community organizing, and advocacy play integral roles in working towards and ensuring equity and justice for all individuals and in fostering a better understanding and celebration of the diversity of human life.