Spoken Word Residency

Engaging students through spoken word and a free writing space


Dates: March 8–12, 2021

Time: 6–8 p.m. each evening

Cost: FREE

Ages: High School & College

Deadline: Sign up by Feb. 26, 2021


Over the course of a week, 2017 Suzie Bass award nominee Falashay Pearson will provide a virtual workshop intensive for high school and college students across central Florida, providing a free writing space, introducing the intricacies of performance, spoken word technique and presentation.

Falashay will bring along Shannon Matesky who has been seen on stages across the country as a spoken word artist featured in numerous documentaries, performed with Steppenwolf Theatre Company, Lo Jolla Playhouse, Goodman Theater, Lincoln Center, and has taught for organizations such as Youth Speaks, Young Chicago Authors, and Step-Up Women’s Network, and has been seen on HBO’s Def Poetry Jam.

Falashay and Shannon will share their method for creating and delivering content to public audiences. Students will create and practice various delivery methods, ending with a showcase presenting selections developed throughout the week—and will feature an exclusive performance of work by Falashay Pearson and Shannon Matesky.


About the Artists

Falashay Pearson

Falashay Pearson has been seen on stages from New York City to Chicago to Atlanta. Some of her favorite roles have been A Twist of Water, which had a wonderful six-month Chicago run followed by an Off-Broadway run at 59 E 59th Street Theatre. Regionally, she had been in The Crucible as Mary Warren—a role that garnered a Suzy Bass Award nomination—The Legend of Georgia McBride, Marcus; Or the Secret of Sweet, Rent and Veils. She has had the privilege of being part of three world-premier plays and one regional premier. In college, Falashay had the joy of writing a one-woman show that centered on her open heart surgery experience the summer before her college graduation. It was here that she found a love original work, new plays and collaborative art. Falashay currently resides in Atlanta, GA.

Shannon Matesky

Shannon Matesky is an actress, writer, director, producer from Berkeley, CA. Shannon is a writer that has been featured all over the country and on HBO's Def Poetry Jam. Shannon has written four solo plays including She Think She Grown, and Heartbreak Hotel: Whitney. As an actress Shannon has been seen on major stages such as La Jolla Theater and Steppenwolf Theater. She has produced major festivals and recently closed a three year run of Queer Abstract, a QTPOC variety show in Brooklyn. She has worked with organizations such as Youth Speaks, Urban Word NYC, Young Chicago Authors and Step-Up Women's Network.


Our Supporters

This residency is funded in part by a grant from South Arts in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts and by the State of Florida, Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs and the Florida Council on Arts and Culture.