Shaun Neblett

As a playwright, Shaun was first 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.” 

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 and Executive Director of Changing Perceptions Theater, a theater company that provides theater and performance training to youth in urban communities. Follow CPT’s work at

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