Shontina Vernon is a filmmaker, theater artist, musician, and educator. Her work fuses performance, sound, and multimedia in telling the diverse stories of underrepresented communities. Vernon is a recipient of the Robert Rauschenberg "Artist as Activist Fellowship" for the creation of the Visionary Justice StoryLab, a “collaboratory" of interdisciplinary artists, media makers, and cultural workers evolving story, media, and performance based racial and healing justice practices for communities of color and the organizations that serve them.
In her career as a theater artist, Vernon’s work has been showcased nationally and internationally. From ACT Theatre in Seattle to the World Wide Words Festival in Copenhagen, she has garnered recognition, including the Herb Alpert/MacDowell Fellowship in Theatre, a nomination for an Audelco Award, and the 2018 Conductive Garboil grant. Her solo show WANTED was commissioned by the Hip Hop Theater Festival and developed in part by the New York Theatre Workshop. She is currently working on a follow up, called FORGING AHEAD, which looks more deeply at adulthood impacted by youth incarceration.