Shannon Lee L. Pacaoan holds a BA in Psychology and in Asian American Studies from San Francisco State University. Recognizing the unique healing properties of art within her community, she has come to believe in the transformative power of art for both artist and audience. She has since dedicated herself to help others bring their unique stories to stage. She has worked in the Bay Area with Asian American Theater Company, Bindlestiff Studio, Kearny Street Workshop, Kularts, Pinays Maintaining Sisterhood Through Art and Revival Arts Productions. Currently based on the Central Coast of California, she continues to seek new ways to engage her community through storytelling. Recently she spoke as a panelist for ‘Sticks and Stones: Bullying in School and Community in SLO’.
The Bakla Show aims to educate, challenge, and encourage dialogue among and between different ethnic and sexually diverse communities by means of increasing the visibility of Filipino American LGBTQQI experience through theatrical performance.
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"Bindlestiff Studio - the only theater in the United States dedicated to the Filipino American experience - breaks new ground with the Bakla Show. With this series of short vignettes, the performance space notes to the coming-out-to-your-traditional-community quandary... Through the term Bakla used to refer primarily to effeminate gay Filipino men, the show presents a more inclusive portraiture of queerness. Traditional stereotypes get smacked down..."
Gluckstern, Bay Area Guardian, January 2007
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