About

CV

Grants & Awards 

1996 - Jackie 60 Best Performance Artist ​Nominee 

1997 - Ministério da Cultura/IPAE - Portuguese
Institute for the Performing Arts via Choreographer

Paulo Henrique & Forum Dança, Expo 98
Festival Mergulho no Futuro

1999 - Siemens Cultural Programme via Paulo Henrique

& Forum Dança, Greifswald, Germany

2000 - Luso-American Travel Grant via C.E.M.​

2004 -  Câmara Municipal Lisboa via Jangada

2007 - C.E.N.T.A. Residency, Castelo Branco, Portugal

2019 - Poets & Writers

2021- D.C. Commission on the Arts Fellowship 

Stage 

1992 Marathon Dancing. Conceived and directed by Anne Bogart and written by Laura Harrington, Jack Shamblin originated and built the role of Jack, at the University Of Iowa Theatre, Iowa City, IA

1993, 1994, 1995 - Under The Knife. Conceived and directed by Theodora Skipitares, Jack Shamblin wrote and performed Political Funeral inspired by Tim Bailey's ACT Up funeral procession that ended with his body being dumped on the White House lawn. The cast included Daphne Rubin- Vega, who won a Tony for Rent. Shamblin also danced, acted, and puppeteered (filling in for Basil Twist,) at La MaMa Annex, NYC

1995 - Prometheus Wound Up. Based on Prometheus Bound by Aeschylus, it was conceived, written, and performed by Jack Shamblin. Sara Provost played Io and contributed mask work. Performed while hanging from La MaMa's fire escape, at La MaMa Annex entrance, NYC  

1995,1996,1997, 1998, 1999 - Sodomite! A History Of Sodomy Laws. Solo mixed-media play & political performance against previous existing U.S. sodomy laws, that was conceived, written, and performed by Jack Shamblin, at Dixon Place, The Red Room Theater, Jackie 60, Mother, The Tunnel, PS 122,  NYC  

1996 - The Skriker. Written by Caryl Churchill and directed by Mark Wing-Davey, role Man With The Cloth And Bucket (a magician,) and ensemble, the cast included award-winning and lauded actors Philip Seymour Hoffman and Jayne Atkison, at Joseph Papp Public Theater, NYC

1997 - Thurma. Written by Jack Shamblin, directed by Ellie Covan, and featuring Jack Shamblin, Nicole Zaray, Shelly Mars, Barbara Carrellas, and trans-activist, actress, writer, cultural influencer, and Queer icon, Kate Bornstein, at Dixon Place, NYC

1998, 1999, 2000 - Minimally Invasive. Conceived and performed by Paulo Henrique. Texts and script contributions by Jack Shamblin. Performer & collaborators Jack Shamblin, Dominik Borucki, and Marion Ballester, debuted at Teatro De Maria Matos, Lisbon, Portugal

2000 - Faust. Written by Goethe and directed by Avra Sidiropoulou, Jack Shamblin played Faust, at Columbia University Theater, NYC

2001 - 3 Places. It was conceived, written, and performed by Jack Shamblin and directed by Marion Schoevarte, at HERE Arts Center, NYC

2002 - Submergence. Based on Shakespeare's The Tempest,  it was conceived, performed, and directed by Jack Shamblin. Collaborating performers and artist include J. Carlos Díaz, Tania Sterl, Kirk Bradley Peterkin, and Erica Gabrielle, at Dixon Place, NYC

2003 - Bread & Circus 3099. Written and performed by Jack Shamblin & Nicole Zaray, music by Nicole Zaray, art direction by J. Carlos Díaz, costumes by Tania Sterl and Marika Maiorova, choreography by Paulo Henrique, featured, as well, actress and dancer Hadas Gil-Bar, at La MaMa Annex, NYC

2004 - Fonte De Pow Wow. Conceived and performed by Jack Shamblin with art direction by J. Carlos Díaz, produced by Jangada for Festival WAY, the theme erotica, at LUX, Lisbon, Portugal

2005 - Oski's Journey. Conceived and performed by Jack Shamblin with art direction by J. Carlos Díaz in collaboration with C.E.M. and dancers Juliana Reis, Eduarda Ferraz, Luis Guerra, Carla Capeto, producer Dina Guiar, producer Revista CAIS, 10 years of CAIS, at Museu da Água, Lisbon, Portugal

2006, 2007 - Revofuckinlution. Creation of a dictator wannabe in a future U.S. dystopia. Conceived, written, and performed by Jack Shamblin with art direction by J. Carlos Díaz, debuted at Dixon Place, NYC

2007 - Private ThoughtsConceived, written, and directed by  Jack Shamblin with art direction by J. Carlos Díaz. Creators and performers Eduarda Ferraz, Carlos J. Díaz, and Jack Shamblin, voice-overs Maria João Neves, Akira Yamada, and Jack Shamblin, music The Dream Signal Of A Lonely Broken Half Dead Planet" for Jack Shamblin by Othon, sound design Shamblin, produced by Umbigo magazine at Jardim Botânico Tropical, Belem, Lisbon, Portugal

2008,2009 - Frame & Reframe, Doc. 10Conceived and performed by Paulo Henrique. Texts, script contributions, and performance by Jack Shamblin at Box Nova, Central Cultural de Belém, Lisbon, Portugal

2010 - Blatant. Inspired by Gore Vidal's novel Myra Breckinridge & Myron, it was conceived, written, and performed by Jack Shamblin and directed by Bryan Caine, costumes by Antonio Marquez, featured actors include Netflix's Sense 8  transgender star Jamie Clayton, as well as Jessica Seley, Shubhra Prakash, Ron Barba, Adriana Randall,  and Christopher Bayon. Promo video stars the late Alexis Arquette in her final role. Performed at Dixon Place, NYC 

2012 - Shecky Does Kunter. Conceived and written by Jack "Mia" Shamblin with improvisations from comedians Shecky Beagleman and the late Amy Daulton, at Dixon Place, NYC

2013 - Anarchist Mia. A fantasy of a reality TV show that ends with Mia Kunter becoming a socially conscious anarchist. Conceived, written, and performed by Jack "Mia" Shamblin with music by Pierrot Carrilero, and art direction by J. Carlos Díaz, debuted at Loose Holes Queer Arts Festival produced by Colin Ginks, at Ilga, Lisbon, Portugal and Maus Hábitos, Porto, Portugal. Traveled to Montreal and performed at L'Escalier and also seen at Dixon Place, NYC

2015 - Go-Go Opera. Written, conceived, and performed by Jack "Mia" Shamblin with art direction by J. Carlos Díaz. It was a mixed-media performance with a reinvention of Shamblin's monologues and scenes from their book Queering The Stage. Contributing artists include Pierre Carrilero, Fred Koenig (performer and filmmaker,) Tania Sterl, and Rich "Asher" Yap.

2016 - Queering The Stage. Written, conceived, and performed by Jack "Mia" Shamblin. It was a mixed-media pop-up performance with a reinvention of Shamblin's monologues and scenes from their (gender-fluid pronoun) book Queering The Stage. It debuted at BGSQD at The Center, NYC, then The Lounge at Dixon Place, NYC, next at AMP (Art Market Provincetown) at Provincetown, MA, and at ILGA, Lisbon, Portugal.  

2018 - Mia Kunter Goes Wilde With Salomé. Inspired by Oscar Wilde's Salomé and comedian Kathy Griffin's scandal holding POTUS bloody head, it was conceived, written, and performed by Jack "Mia" Shamblin, at The Lounge at Dixon Place, NYC

2018, 2019 - The Fops (Slumming It.) Conceived, written, directed, and performed by Jack "Mia"  Shamblin with costumes and script assistance by Anna Augustsson as well as physical theatre direction by Jojo de La  Louche featuring LGBTQIA actors such as James "Fiona" Palacio, Nicholas Gorham, Daniel Diaz, Raoul Daniel Luna, Matt "Ugly" McGlade, Rebekkah Rosenberg, Graceann Dorse, Bill Morton, Michael Giorgio, Steven Moity, Black Widow Kevin Mims, Denis Turkin, Teddy Qin, David Mandel, and (all Queer as well predominantly Trans) musicians Goldie Luxe, BABE NYC, Lenny Zenith, Enid Ellen, Pierrot Carrilero, David Auxier, and Chanan Ben Simon, at Dixon Place, NYC and BGSQD, NYC

2020 - Flower ChildWritten, conceived, with original music, and performed by Miss Mia — Jack "Mia" Shamblin — for Tiny Rainbows & Unicorn Families. It was produced by Capfire D.C. and Reading Queer Miami, on internet, Zoom live theatre, Washington D.C. and Miami, Florida

CABARET

2011 -  Mia Kunter's Otherworldly Comedy Show. This was a monthly series that debuted during Dixon Place's HOT Festival in August and continued till December, producer Jack "Mia" Shamblin, comedians, performance artists, musicians, and visual artists created an over the moon and one of kind event. Shecky Beagleman, Emma Willmann, Marc Maietta, Shelly Hamilton, Maurice "Mo Black" Blackman, Colin Anton Samuel, Elizabeth McGann, Misty Beits, Aaron Pearlman-Price, Garon Benner, Amy Daulton, Nora Burns, Mark Hassenfratz, Dimitri Landrain, Sokhna Heather Mabin, Tania Sterl, Eva Mueller, Jojo de La Louche, Mallory Norton, Alejandro Borrero, Daniel Bennett, Picadilly Third, and David Berger helped to create a Time Out New York's critic pick

2012 - Pink, produced by Colin Ginks, standup Jack "Mia" Shamblin, song Slip Slide by Jack "Mia" Shamblin and the band Amateur, ILGA, Lisbon, Portugal

2014 - The Adonis Project, produced by Ian MacKinnon and Travis Wood, song L'Anarchie C'est Mia written & performed by Jack "Mia" Shamblin, Human Resources, L.A.

2015 - Planet Queer, Daddy, produced by Ian MacKinnon and Travis Wood, Arnald De Verhola 1323 written by Jack Shamblin, performed by Jack Shamblin and Richard "Asher" Yap, Akbar, L.A

2015 - Planet Qeer, Heroes & Icons, produced by Ian MacKinnon and Travis Wood, Emma Goldman written by and performed by Jack Shamblin, music by Vibe Lounge L.A., singer Xinte Doe, Akbar, L.A.

2015 - Uncomfortable Shoes, produced and performed by Jack "Mia" Shamblin and Pierrot Carrilero, The Lounge, Dixon Place, NYC

2016 - Shiny, host and produced by  Jack "Mia" Shamblin, performance laboratory, Hell Phone, Bushwick, Brooklyn, NY

2016 - Straight Acting, producer & host Rify Royalty, Mia Kunter performs original song Label Whore Dance Whore, This-N-That, Brooklyn, NY

2017 - A Night of Folk, Hip-Hop and Spoken Word, producer Chris Carr of Brooklyn Wildlife, Jack "Mia" Shamblin performs Emma Goldman, Terra Firma Gallery, Brooklyn, NY 

2017 - My President's Day, produced by Holly Hughes, Mel & Donnie T, performed by Jack "Mia" Shamblin and Shecky Beagleman, Central Booking (Art Gallery), NYC

2019 - Gold Star, based on the life of Jack Shamblin's nephew who was one of the most highly decorated soldiers in the U.S. military and killed by ISIS in 2015. Conceived, written, and performed by Jack "Mia" Shamblin at Capturing Fire Queer Spokenword Poetry Slam as part of Walt Whitman 200 festival, at Busboys & Poets, Takoma, Washington, D.C.

2019 -  The Oak & The Reed. Conceived, written, and performed by Jack "Mia" Shamblin. It was a Queer retelling of the classic Aesop fable for Genderfluid Fairy Hour with Miss Mia, for Montgomery Parks' Rainbow Sparks, at Acorn Park, Silver Spring, Maryland 

2019 -  Michael Hardwick. Conceived, written, and performed by Jack "Mia" Shamblin. Michael Hardwick almost overturned the U.S. sodomy laws that persecuted LGBTQIA in his landmark U.S. Supreme Court case Bowers v. Hardwick 1986, for Montgomery Parks' Rainbow Sparks, at Acorn Park, Silver Spring, Maryland 

2020 - I Know You Really Don't Love Me. Conceived, written, and performed by Jack "Mia" Shamblin for Cloud & Fire at The Arts Club of Washington, Washington, D.C.

Film & New Media 

1989 - Challenge The Wind, a coming of age film by Ken Howard and Bill Blackburn, directed by Bill Blackburn, role Robert, Arkansas

2002 - NaqoyqatsiAmerican film directed by Godfrey Reggio and edited by Jon Kane, with music composed by Philip Glass. It is the third and final film in the Qatsi trilogy,  role Atomic Adam. Fascinating day rotating on a platform and filmed with x-ray type cameras, NYC

2007 - O Castelo Preto. Conceived, written, performed, directed, and edited by Jack Shamblin with art direction by J. Carlos Díaz, and sound design by Rui Chaves that featured songs by Robin Dicker, Rita Abranches, and João Morais and collaborations with the collective Advance D-Lux featuring Sílvia Pinto Coelho, Maria João Neves, Nuno Bento, Juliana Reis, Eduarda Ferraz, J.Caros Díaz, Jack Shamblin, Hugo Loureiro, Sheila Charlesworth, Aurelio Ramos, Elsa Garcia, Ondina Pires, Lionel de Jesus, and Isaura Pires. The digital film event, O Castelo Preto, 50 minutes in length, uses few words, conveying the story through actions and visual symbols. The script is loosely based upon the gothic novel by Sir Walter Scott, published in 1815, called The Black Dwarf and on myths and regional superstitions derived from Portugal

2013 - Vampires, written and directed by David Sabshon, role White Rabbit, NYU, NYC

2016 - Mia Kunter's Valentine's Special. Conceived, co-written, and performed by Jack "Mia" Shamblin and directed as well as shot by Marika Maiorova, script contributions by Anna Augustsson, acting by Jack "Mia" Shamblin and Pierrot Carrilero, editing by Jack "Mia" Shamblin and Marika Maiorova, YouTube, NYC

2016 - Blatant. Conceived, written, performed, directed, and edited by Jack "Mia" Shamblin staring the late Alexis Arquette, shot by Kurt Ritta, Evan Nelson, Rich "Asher" Yap. It also features Ron Barba and Jack "Mia" Shamblin. Pitch Video. Bushwick, Brooklyn & LA

2017,2018 - Label Whore, Dance Whore. Conceived, written, and original music by Jack "Mia" Shamblin, Mia Kunter, directed and edited by Patrick McGuinn, YouTube, Bushwick, Brooklyn 

Television

1997 - OZ, creator Tom Fontana, starring J. K. Simmons, role Aryan Brother, HBO, NYC

2000 - Fanmail creator Brett Vapnek, starring Carrie Brownstein, role Nude Art Model, Sundance Channel, NYC

2008 - Liberdade 21, creator Pedro Lopez, role Suspect, RTP 1, Portugal

2009 - Um Lugar Para Viver, creator Arturo Ribero. role Peter, RTP 1, Portugal

2018 - Diabolical, executive producers Tony Takaberry and Jennifer Silverman, role Detective Tommy Potter, Lion Television, I.D. network, NYC

Commercials & Print

1996 - Matsuda, Yukio Kobayashi, photographer Nan Goldin, Fall & Winter Collection, video, book, and cover for Bloomingdale's menswear Matusa invite,  NYC

2007 - Intouch Insurance, Russian television, role Man In Pink Tutu, Lisbon, Portugal

2007 - Nestlé, European commercial, role Freezing Man In Sauna, Lisbon, Portugal

2007 - Vodafone, European commercial, role Paleontologist, Lisbon, Portugal

Publications

2015 - Queering The Stage: A Roadmap to LGBT History & Heroes Through Plays & Monologues by Jack Shamblin

Exhibitions & Festivals

1991 - Oklahoma Shakespeare In The Park

1992 - Fort Worth Shakespeare In The Park

1996,1997,2002,2010,2012,2013,2018 - HOT Festival, LGBTQ+ Performance Festival. Solo Shows & Plays by Jack Shamblin, Dixon Place, NYC

1998 - EXPO 98 Dive Into The Future International

Performance Festival. Minimally Invasive under Paulo Henrique,

Lisbon, Portugal ​

1999 - Sieman's Tanztendenzen Dance Festival.  

Minimally Invasive under Paulo Henrique, Theater Vorpommern, Greifswald, Germany ​

1999 - Dança Na Cidade. Minimally Invasive under Paulo Henrique, Teatro Da Trindade, Lisbon, Portugal

2001 - Queer @ HERE. 3 Places, Dance-Theatre by Jack Shamblin, directed by Marion Schoevarte, HERE Arts Center, NYC

2001 - Without Author. Places, Dance-Theatre by Jack Shamblin, directed by Marion Schoevarte, C.E.M. at Teatro Da Trindade, Lisbon, Portugal 

2001 -  Número Festival. Round One, under Paulo Henrique, Parque Eduardo VII, Lisbon, Portugal

2004 - Festival WAY. Fonte De Pow Wow by Jack Shamblin, art direction by J. Carlos Díaz, produced by Jangada at LUX, Lisbon, Portugal

2005 -  SHOW3. A group show featuring: Perry McPartland, Andres Ramirez Gaviria, Advance D- Lux (Jack Shamblin & J. Carlos Díaz, Cais Do Sodré, Lisbon, Portugal

2007 - Secrets. Private Thoughts by Jack Shamblin, art direction by J. Carlos Díaz, produced by Umbigo, at Jardim Botânico Tropical, Belém, Lisbon, Portugal

2013 - Loose Holes. Anarchist Mia by Jack "Mia" Shamblin, art direction by J. Carlos Díaz, produced by Colin Ginks, at ILGA, Lisbon, Portugal and Maus Hábitos, Porto, Portugal

2014 - Adonis Project. Anarchist Mia by Jack "Mia" Shamblin, art direction by J. Carlos Díaz, produced by Travis Wood and Ian MacKinnon from Planet Queer, at Human Resources, L.A.

2016, Shiny, host Jack "Mia" Shamblin, performance laboratory, Hell Phone, Bushwick, Brooklyn, NY

2016 - Queering The Stage Book Tour, Queering The Stage by Jack "Mia" Shamblin, at BGSQD bookstore and gallery, The Center, NYC

2016 - Queering The Stage Book Tour, Queering The Stage by Jack "Mia" Shamblin at gallery Art Market Provincetown, MA

2016 - Girls, Girls, Girls. Mia "Clinton" by Jack "Mia" Shamblin and  Anna Augustsson, Serge Strosberg's painting exhibition,  curator Marika Maiorova, at Studio 26 Gallery, East Village, NYC

2017 - Bad & Nasty's Not My President's Day. Donnie J & Melanie T, by Jack "Mia" Shamblin & Shecky Beagleman, produced by Holly Hughes, at art gallery Central Booking, NYC 

2017 - GenderFuck. Ostara by Jack "Mia Shamblin & Anna Augustsson, Eva Mueller's photo exhibition, at Leslie Lohman Museum, NYC

2019 - Capturing Fire Queer Spoken Word Arts. Gold Star by Jack Shamblin, produced by Regie Cabico, at Bus Boys & Poets, Takoma, Washington D.C.

2019 - Rainbow Sparks: A Coming Out CelebrationGender Fluid Story Hour by Miss Mia — Jack "Mia" Shamblin —  and  Michael Hardwick by Jack "Mia" Shamblinproducer Montgomery Parks with funding from Poets & Writers via Capfire D.C., at Acorn Park, Silver Spring, Maryland

2020 - Cloud & Fire Spoken Word Arts Cabaret. I Know You Really Don't Love Me by Jack "Mia" Shamblin in collaboration with Le Cabaret de Poussiere from Paris, produced by Regie Cabico with funding of a  Sister City Grant from D.C. Arts Commission 2020, at Arts Club, Washington, D.C.

2020 - Tiny Rainbows & Unicorn Families. Flower Child by Miss Mia — Jack "Mia" Shamblin — produced by Capfire D.C. and Reading Queer Miami, on internet, Zoom, Washington D.C. and Miami, Florida

Teaching Artist

1994 thru1996 - Pre-School Teacher, Little Missionary's Day Nursery, NYC

1998 - Queer Performance Workshop, Bronx Community Center, NYC

1999 - Performance Construction, six-week course, Centro Em Movimento, Lisbon, Portugal

2001 - Causing A Scene, six-week performance construction course that ends with group show, Centro Em Movimento, Lisbon, Portugal

2005 - Haiku-Rama, six-week performance construction course, ends with multiple presentations in varied Bairro Alto shop windows, Centro Em Movimento, Lisbon, Portugal

2006 thru 2009 - ESL teacher, young learners, business English, all levels of English as a second language learning, Languagecraft and American School of Languages, Lisbon, Portugal

2010 - 2014 - Reiki Level One, as a Reiki Master I often initiated and taught students Reiki Level One, Floating Heart Massage, NYC

2018 - The Living Monologue, a master class in monologue work that included as students some of Portugal's lead television actors,  guest teachers were accomplished film, television, theatre, and voiceover actress, Andrea Powell, best known for her role as single werewolf mom and fashion plate Karen Crezski in the ABC series, The Gates, and dramatist and award-winning Professor Emeritus at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Paul Ferguson, who taught writing and adaptation for the stage, as well as acting and directing.

SKILLS

Wix Web Design, Sound Design With Abletonlive, Video Editing With Final Cut Pro, Proofreading, Translations Portuguese to English, English As A Second Language Teacher, Reiki Massage Therapist, Runic Reader, Fluent Portuguese, Intermediate Spanish, Beginner French, Basic Guitar, Trombone, Basic Ballet, Modern Dance, and Pantomime

Education

1990 - 1991 Oklahoma City University

1990 - 1991 University Of Lancaster, England

1992 - 1994 University Of Iowa B.A. With Honors Theatre Arts

2003 - 2004 REIKI ARTS, IRC, Reiki Master

2005 - 2005  International House, CELTA ELS, Lisbon

2013 - 2013  Manhattan Comedy School

2012 - 2013  Actors Connection, NYC

2014 - 2015  Beat Lab Academy, Ableton Live Sound Design, LA

Jack "Mia" Shamblin

2021 - DC Commission on the Arts Fellowship Theatre Artist

 

Brought up in the tiny town of Roland, Oklahoma as Christian, straight, white, and male yet a Queer, Pagan, and, okay, Caucasian but also a Cherokee Nation tribal member — and genderfluid — created anguish. I needed healing. Praise and fear of producing LGBTQIA++ go hand and hand. After Former Mayor Rudy Giuliani attacked New York City culture by withdrawing funding; the Manhattan theatre La MaMa pulled out from presenting my show Sodomite: A Protest Against U.S. Sodomy Laws. Fearlessly, I continued to dramatize Queer stories, which brought me in collaboration with artist warriors worldwide. Working with the best in experimental and political theatre such as Theodora Skipitares, Caryl Churchill, Anne Bogart, Mark Wing-Davey, Ellie Covan, and Paulo Henrique crafted my style and mended wounds. Sharing the stage with lauded and award-winning performers such as Philip Seymour Hoffman, Jayne Atkinson, Daphne Rubin-Vega, Basil Twist, and notably transgender icon and activist/writer/performer Kate Bornstein pushed me to believe and stand up for my unique talent. Jayne Atkinson sent me a letter saying, “We need people like you in theatre.” The New York Times, New Jersey Journal, Time Out NY, and Público (Lisbon) described my work with terms such as bold, heroic, punching, fierce, cutting-edge social commentary, and stunning. A few weeks before succumbing to cancer, the transgender actor and advocate Alexis Arquette endorsed and performed my script Blatant. Opening room for LGBTQIA stories, I bring visibility even when it’s just an offending flyer, a newspaper article, or a gatekeeper’s rejection. Making social-political, emotionally complex, as well as visually striking theatre for over twenty-eight years, I know I can improve the world one performance at a time. 

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