Raised in Natchez, Mississippi with a degree in economics and theater from Macalester College in St. Paul, Shá Cage has achieved national and international recognition for her art. Crossing genres as a spoken word poet, playwright and professional actor, her work has taken her all across the Unites States, Britain, Canada, Croatia, and Africa. Her poetry often canvasses issues around home, poverty, and gender and is heavily influenced by her southern upbringing. She has received numerous awards and commissions and splits her administrative time between the MN Spoken Word Association and Mama Mosaic Theater, both arts organizations she co-founded. She has just released her debut spoken word CD titled Amber People.
Shá Cage’s Amber People CD Release Party
Featuring El Guante (from Madison), Truthmaze, Buss One, Dark N Lovely and others
Saturday, June 2nd, 9pm
412 14th Ave. So. Minneapolis
Amber People CD available for digital download now from iTunes, Rhapsody and Napster.
What else is Shá Cage up to?
June 2, 11am-5pm: Directing Mama Mosaic's DraMa sKool Reading as part of “Femme Fest” at Old Arizona Theater
June 2, 8pm: “These ipods must be Mangoes” poetry reading at The Soap Factory
June 6, 7pm: Slambowl Performance/MPR filming at Bryant Lake Bowl
June 8-12: New York “Stage One”Reading (June 11 at the Producer’s Theater, 7:30pm)
June 17, 2pm: Mama Mosaic Theater Benefit “Vulvas on Fire: Oh My! at The Open Book
June 26-July 3: England's “Voices of a New Generation” Conference
August 11, 2-4pm: Earth Fusion Festival, Loring Park
August 23-September 7: Decibel Festival, Birmingham England
Cage’s Current Works-in-Progress:
-Her first one-woman show titled “N.I.G.G.E.R” for which she was recently awarded a Jerome Foundation travel grant to conduct research in London and New York;
-Collaboratively writing “Women & War,” Mama Mosaic's newest play about the untold stories by women who have lived through war;
-Summer 2007 Tour with Verbal Graffitti /Tru Ruts Spoken Word and Hip Hop tour;
-Co-producing with e.g. bailey the Twin Cities Hip Hop Theater Festival for 2008;
-Writing a female hip hop theater play titled “These Hips Bleed Black”
-Creating a youth and community based Spoken Word Institute with the MNSWA
Marya Morstad was the recipient of the 2004 National Federation of Community Broadcasters “Golden Reel” award for best local documentary for "Art and Spirit Matters: Arts and Religion in the Twin Cities." Morstad is the host of “Art Matters” a weekly arts program on KFAI Fresh Air Community Radio.