Shannon TL Kearns is a transgender man who believes in the transformative power of stories. He is an ordained priest, a playwright/screenwriter, and a theologian. He’s been a Lambda Literary Fellow, a Playwrights’ Center Jerome Fellow, and a Finnovation Fellow.
He the co-founder of QueerTheology.com which has reached more than a million people all over the world through videos, articles, and online courses and community. He will soon be publishing his first book with Eerdman’s. Shannon is a recipient of the Playwrights’ Center Jerome Fellowship in 20/21 and he was a Lambda Literary Fellow for 2019 and a Finnovation Fellow for 2019/2020. He is a sought after speaker on transgender issues and religion as well as a skilled facilitator of a variety of workshops.
Shannon TL Kearns was a recipient of the Playwrights’ Center Jerome Fellowship in 20/21, a playwright in residence at the Inge House in 2021, a Lambda Literary Fellow for 2019 (playwriting) and 2022 (screenwriting), and a Finnovation Fellow for 2019/2020. Shannon’s plays include Body+Blood, in a stand of dying trees, Line of Sight, Twisted Deaths, The Resistance of My Skin, and Who Has Eyes To See. His television pilots include The Family Unit, Transformed, and Freedom, Kansas. Shannon was selected for Great Plains Theatre Conference and Seven Devils Playwrights’ Conference. Shannon has had residencies with the HBMG Foundations’ Winter Playwright Retreat, Everwood Artists Retreat, and the Elsewhere Artists Retreat. He and his plays have been finalists or semi-finalists with American Blues Theatre Blue Ink Playwriting award, Princess Grace Award, Bay Area Playwrights Festival, O’Neill Playwrights Festival, Equity Library Theatre of Chicago, TransLab, SPACE on Ryder Farm, and American Stages New Play Festival.