Satori Shakoor - Biography
Satori Shakoor - Storyteller: Writer/Actor/Comedienne

Satori Shakoor is the Executive Director for The Society for the Re-Institutionalization of Storytelling, a Michigan 501(c)3 Nonprofit Organization. She is  the creator, curator, producer and host of The Secret Society Of Twisted Storytellers, a production of TSRS and a 2013 Knight Arts Challenge winner and a Knight Foundation grantee. Ms. Shakoor is an artist, a social entrepreneur and a veteran of live performance. She is a Moth mainstage storyteller and host and hosts The Moth Story Slam in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Her story Gatherings and Ungatherings has aired on The Moth Radio Hour and on The Moth Podcast globally. Ms. Shakoor is a published writer, produced playwright, an award-winning actor, singer and a standup comedienne.  Ms. Shakoor received a  2007 NAACP Theater Award for "Best Ensemble Cast" for her role as Ms. Enid in Da Kink In My Hair.

Da Kink In My Hair
Satori Shakoor as Ms. Enid with Jully Black

The play was critically acclaimed and a mega hit with sold out performances in Toronto, San Diego and London, England. Da Kink In My Hair received four out of five NAACP Theater Award nominations in 2007.

Satori was in the original Detroit cast of Menopause The Musical!  She has toured with the show around the United States.  Menopause The Musical! is the longest running show in Detroit's theater history. 

Menopause The Musical!
Satori Shakoor, Nancy Slusser, Judy Bridgewater,
Jan Roeten

Satori received a 2007 Harold Award for "Excellence in Theater" and was named Who’s Who Black Canada in 2006 and Who's Who Black Detroit. She received a Dora Mavor Moore award nomination (Canadian Tony Award equivalent) for "Outstanding Performance by a Female" in her one-woman play, Who She Wasn't.

Satori is a founding member of Obsidian Theater Company in Toronto, Ontario. Obsidian was founded in 1999 and has enjoyed award-winning success for its outstanding productions and contribution to the tapestry of theatre in Canada. Satori received two Gemini nominations (Canadian equivalent of an Emmy) for "Best Writing and Best Performance in a Television Comedy," Thick 'n Thin for CBC Television.  She was a host/writer for the TVO television series, Woman Being: Sexuality. It was the most highly watched episode in TVO history.

As a singer, Satori has recorded and toured as one of The Brides of Funkenstein and with George Clinton's Parliament/Funkadelic. 

Parliament/Funkadelic was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1997. 

The Brides of Funkenstein received a 1981 Rhythm & Blues Award for "Best New Female Group." The three-girl rock group’s album, Never Buy Texas From a Cowboy received critical acclaim.  In 2001, it was named one of the top 25 albums of all time by Rolling Stone Magazine.

The Brides of Funkenstein
Satori Shakoor, Sheila Horne and Dawn Silva

Satori has worked with numerous multiple Grammy Award winners including David Foster, Sly Stone, Irene Cara and Luther Vandross.

Mo' Magic
Doug Eskew, Leigh Scarritt, Irene Cara,
Satori Shakoor

She was an opening act for Joan Rivers, a New Face at The Improv, a regular at The Comedy Store, she has appeared on BET’s Comic View, on After Hours with Kenny Robinson and was a headlining act at Yuk Yuk’s in Toronto, Canada.  Among her selected television, film and theater credits are: Reunion, Intimate Apparel, Two Point, Oh!, Da Kink In My Hair, The Hurricane, Harlem Duet, Mom’s The Word, El Paso, Boy Gets Girl and The Adventures of a Black Girl in Search of God.

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