Shannon Burkett is an actor, writer, producer, and founder of Emblem Entertainment. She collaborated with multi-award winning composer, Heather Christian, on The Female Pope (NAMT Festival 2022, O’Neill Semifinalist). She worked with composer, Peter Salett, on their musical So You Wanna be a Porn Star: a story of sex love and rock-n-roll, for which she wrote the book and lyrics. With her company, she is producing a stop motion animation music video from her musical pilot TriPerFecTA. Her previous music video was accepted into numerous film festivals across the country and nominated for several awards, including a win for Best Music Video at the Los Angeles Movie Awards. Her passion to facilitate activism through art inspired her to create and produce a cabaret to benefit Breast Cancer Awareness Month. The sold out performances of So You Wanna be a Porn Star: a story of silicone, struggle, and survival at the Laurie Beechman Theater featured the talents of Lea Delaria, Miriam Shor, and James Carpinello, Her other works have had readings at Wellesley College, EST, The Lark, WET, and 45 Bleecker. She produced a staged reading of her play, Jesus Was Democrat, in protest of the Republican National Convention. Other plays include: Once Upon a Sisters Grimm, The Ringer, Fun for the Whole Neighborhood, and House of Cards. As an actor, she’s appeared on Broadway alongside Patrick Stewart in Arthur Miller’s The Ride Down Mt. Morgan. Off-Broadway she has been seen in Anon (Atlantic), Postmortem (The Flea), Dead City (New Georges), The Dew Point (SPF), Cavedweller (NYTW), Scab (WET) Stars (Soho Rep), The Most Fabulous Story Ever Told (Minetta Lane), Stupid Kids (WPA), The Young Girl and the Monsoon (Playwrights). Her TV and Film credits include: Motherhood (Killer Films), Intern, Jersey Guy, The History of Glamour, LoveGod (Good Machine), L&O, L&O:CI, The Jury.
She is a member of EST and an Affiliated Artist with New Georges.