Shannon Matesky

Shannon Matesky is an actress, writer, director, producer and an organizer from Berkeley, California. She is creator and curator of Queer Abstract, a monthly performance series in Brooklyn that has been featured in AM New York, Time Out New York, and The New York Times. As an actress Shannon has worked with a range of theater companies including The Inconvenience, The Hypocrites, The Goodman Theatre, and Steppenwolf Theater. Shannon's poetry has been featured with Nylon, BET, Nuyorican Poets Cafe, and HBO's Def Poetry Jam. The author of four solo performance, Heartbreak Hotel: Whitney follows, She Think She Grown, We Gotta Eat, and The Saga of the Return. Shannon has produced campaigns and festivals across the United States, including the Brave New Voices International Teen Poetry Festival, Life is Living, and The Fly Honey Show. For more information visit

As part of our ScratchLab artist residency, talented actress, writer, and director Shannon Matesky offered a public showing of her new piece "Hearbreak Hotel: Whitney,"  a breakup play using songs and inspiration from her ex's favorite artist, Whitney Houston.