Thandiwe Thomas DeShazor


THANDIWE THOMAS DeSHAZOR is a writer, actor and vocalist originally from Detroit. He is a member of Pan Theater Improv Troupe, and is a workshop leader for children throughout Oakland, California.

Thandiwe has been performing for over ten years in such shows as O klahoma, The Music Man, Lysistrata and Ron Allen’s Tibetan Book of the Dead . Thandiwe has studied under Hilary Ramsden, co-founder of the Furniture Factory and was an apprentice at Oakland University’s Meadowbrook Theatre.

As a writer, he was first published at age 19 in Between the Lines Newspaper where he became a staff writer and wrote the weekly entertainment column “Check This Channel Out”. Most recently, his story “Pussy Pass it On” was published in If We Have to Take Tomorrow , an anthology of black gay writers.
He premiered his one-man show, “Children of the Last Days”, in June 2008 as a part of an artist-in-residence program at The Garage on Howard Street in San Francisco. In December 2008, he premiered the show at the Oakland Noodle Factory.