Shannon T.L. Kearns is a writer, speaker, and theologian. He is a transgender man. He is the founder and artistic director of Uprising Theatre Company. Shannon is a sought after speaker on queer theology, transgender issues, and the intersections of identity and faith. Shannon is also a playwright. His work as an artist is rooted first and foremost in a belief that marginalized people are the people best able to tell their own stories and that providing space for marginalized people to be able to embody those stories on stage enriches all of us. He believes that stories have the power to change the world.