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 Oklahoma, 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.