Thandiwe Thomas DeShazor


THANDIWE THOMAS DeSHAZOR is a writer, actor and vocalist originally from Detroit. He is a member of The Pan Theater NPA Thandiwe Image 6 266x400 Thandiwe Thomas DeShazor Improv Troupe and teaches improv workshops to youth around Oakland.

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 under the management of Nursha Project.



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