The #whatshesaidproject is a mobile story studio and creative services agency that centers the voices, experiences, and needs of women, female identified individuals, and gender expansive folks. The project grew from as a Story Slam series and into live and virtual story slams, story circles, performances, workshops, individual and organizational coaching, professional development workshops, creative services, and a podcast (on anchor, spotify, and itunes).
From Shannon Ivey, MFA AEA, and our founder: My life’s work could be summed up with my attempts to answer this question: why?As a little girl, raised in the suburban conservative suburbs of Memphis, TN. I longed to understand the walls between us and our neighbors.I found answers in literature and theatre, writing and personal narrative from an early age.This practice of making sense of the world with research and through words would stay with me.Several decades later, I am a multimodal storyteller.As a professional actor and director, my training is in performance and performance creation.My research is grounded in the framework of the Theatre of the Oppressed.In community, I create events/opportunities/gatherings for people to share stories, to create new stories, to explore personal and community narrative.The products of this work have included first person storytelling events (Story Slams/Story Circles/36 Question events), essays, podcasts, interviews, installations, solo shows, forum theatre events, and workshops.My collaborative partners have included public and private organizations and arts and social service providers.Recent collaborations include partnerships with the City of Columbia, WREN, Indie Grits Labs, The Knight Foundation, Girls Rock Columbia, TAPPS Arts Center, One Columbia, Columbia Museum of Art, Alternate Roots, and Story Center.
In 2016, I founded the #whatshesaidproject as a Story Slam series that centered female identified storytellers. At that time, the national conversation included gender bias in the Obama administration.Like the staffers in the White house, the #whatshesaidproject shifts culture by amplifying women’s voices and contributions. Our performance work includes live and virtual, including a podcast (Virtual Story Slam and interviews).We believe that telling your story with dignity is a bite sized form of resistance, bringing clarity, context, compassion, and hope.