“When I walked out onto that stage, I walked into my purpose.” —Satori Shakoor
Satori Shakoor is an artist, storyteller and a social entrepreneur. She is a 2017 Kresge Literary Arts Fellow. Ms. Shakoor received early recognition as a background singer/recording artist when she toured with George Clinton, Parliament/Funkadelic as one of the Brides of Funkenstein.
She expanded her performance career to include actor, standup comedienne, comedy writer for Canadian television, published short story writer and produced playwright with awards. Ms. Shakoor was the catalyst and a founding member of the award-winning Obsidian Theatre Company in Toronto. Founded in 1999, Obsidian Theatre has become Canada’s leading culturally diverse theatre company.
In 2011, Ms. Shakoor began her professional career as a storyteller when she toured the country as a Moth mainstage storyteller and host. One of her stories “Too Much” aired globally on The Moth Radio Hour, on NPR to rave reviews. She currently hosts the Moth Story Slam in Ann Arbor and hosts the Twisted Storytellers podcast produced by WDET Radio with a second season scheduled for October 2017.
Ms. Shakoor is the founder of The Secret Society Of Twisted Storytellers® (TSSOTS), a live, curated storytelling event. The monthly series features real people who tell true and personal stories live onstage at Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History in Detroit. TSSOTS has a global mission to connect humanity, heal and transform community and to provide an uplifting, thought-provoking, soul-cleansing entertainment experience through the art and craft of storytelling. TSSOTS was one of the 56 winners of the 2013 Detroit Knight Arts Challenge. Ms. Shakoor is the Executive Director for The Society for the Re-Institutionalization of Storytelling (TSRS), a Michigan 501(c)3 nonprofit organization of which The Secret Society Of Twisted Storytellers® is a licensed production.
Ms. Shakoor designs and facilitates storytelling workshops in the art and craft of storytelling in community for organizations, corporations and privately as a coach. She studied Music Performance at Michigan State University, Dramatic Arts at University of Hawaii (Manoa) and earned a degree in Interdisciplinary Studies from Wayne State University in 2008. Ms. Shakoor was trained by The Groundlings in Los Angeles and Second City Toronto in improvisation. Ms. Shakoor was trained by Dr. Jim Boggs in High Stakes Interactions, a form of communication used in time-sensitive and critical situations. She is a graduate of Landmark Education with extensive training in leadership, transformation and communication. Ms. Shakoor is trained to create projects that impact community at the level of transformation. She has successfully created, produced and implemented three such projects in Los Angeles, Toronto and Detroit. Her past experiences of note include founder, creator, participant, director and planner of vibrant community projects that promote humanity through the arts. She is most proud of being a grandmother, a native of Detroit and gifted with an eye for Salvation Army finds.
2017 Kresge Literary Arts Fellow
2013 Detroit Knight Arts Challenge