Thadra Sheridan is a writer, performer, teacher and organizer from Minneapolis, MN. She has been an active member of the spoken word community for the past two decades, based primarily in Minneapolis, she spent 3 years in Oakland, California, where she helped produce the longstanding underground vaudeville show, "Tourettes Without Regrets" and one year in New Orleans. Her work has been published in Rattle, The Legendary, The Pine Hills Review, and Specter to name a few. She has performed and taught writing and performances in high schools, colleges, libraries and detention centers across the country. Highlight performances include HBO's Def Poetry Jam, San Quentin Penitentiary, and her film "Waiting," which appeared on Upworthy and has received over a million views. She is a veteran member of the national Poetry Slam community. She organized a short tour featuring indie hip hop artist, Sage Francis, Doomtree and Spoken Word trio, The Suicide Kings. She received the Jerome Foundation's "Verve Grant" in 2010 to produce a multidisciplinary live show. She co-produced a live vaudeville show with "Dykes Do Drag" founder, Heather Spear in 2014 and guest curated diverse cabaret shows twice at Patrick's Cabaret. She is committed to creating shows that combine the wide range of amazing talent in Minneapolis, hoping to inspire artists, create collaborative relationships, and introduce the public to new artists and art forms.
I strive as a writer to create works that touch my audience with their honesty and common experience. My work is autobiographical and often involves humor. I find the darkest subject can be best explored using humor as a tool. I am attracted to the idea that someone who has little in common with me could see themself in my perspective and experience and find themselves not alone.