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Welcome to the website of artist and writer Keegan Shiner.

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About Me

"It's not about the money" - Abraham Lincoln

As a writer and performer, Keegan uses satire, drama and pop culture as devices to create liminal performance sites. He is interested in how people experience things through the body, not just the mind. He has used this approach in combination with his comedic sensibilities to create dynamic installations and performance works that can both surprise and unnerve his crowds. His use of what Rebecca Krefting calls "Charged Humor," or humor that doesn't just tear down the problems of society, but also seeks to present solutions.


He has written two books. The first is a self-published novel called Lost in the Flood, which follows a murder mystery set ten years after a zombie apocalypse. The second is an artist-book called Not My President, which is a history book featuring all of the negative opinions and actions by U.S. Presidents. 


He is an experieced improviser and performer. He studied improvisational comedy in the Conservatory at the Second City Training Center and at iO Theater in Chicago, IL. His improv duo "Googly Eyes" with Eric Schwartz performed at the Chicago Improv Festival in 2014. He also produced and performed his own sketch show at the SCTC called Sidepiece. Each week, a new director and new co-star would join Keegan to write and perform an entirely new sketch show by Saturday night. Keegan also performed with long-form improvisational group "Fraggle," which specialized in monoscenes and competed in the Cornservatory Improv-Olympics.


He is also a music director (piano), playing for Buzzed Broadway, a fully improvised Broadway musical and drinking game, during the show's first year in Chicago. He also music directed two season of MINT at MCL Chicago. 


In 2016, Keegan and his now fiance Ashley Stevenson wrote and produced "Bernie Sanders and the No  Good, Very Bad, Terrible Election," a musical comedy that premiered during the Premiere Premieres festival at MCL Chicago. It was directed by Katherine Siegel and music directed by Keegan. The show also had a limited run at the SCTC. 


As a director, Keegan had the privilege of working on a two-act improv-to-sketch revue called "In State of Emergency, Break Class." He also started a improv-video collective called Scriptless Films, which he used to explore and experiment with translating long-form improvisational structures taught for the stage in to films. The result was a show called "Scriptless Films" at the SCTC in which Keegan and a varying group of very talented improvisers would produce, perform and screen a new 25-45 minute film each week. 


Keegan currently resides in Boston where he is a MFA candidate at SMFA @ Tufts University.

CURRENT ART WORKS

  • Self-Guided Tours - performed in Ottawa, CAN
  • National Anthem intrusions - public
  • How To Draw Trump based on performance, on Giphy
  • Performance Radical Curation: Art to Meet the Needs of the World in Truth: Post Truth art show at Mission Hill Gallery
  • Not My President artist book
  • Revisionist Cartography sculpture in Truth: Post Truth show at Mission Hill Gallery.
  • Performance "Presidential Drawing" and companion painting "Portrait of 45" were accepted into the show "In Response" at the Godine Gallery at MassArt in Boston, MA.
  • "HNC News," a three part installation featuring a VR Soundscape, anchor booth and living room area exploring the media cycle's impact on the body. Visitors could first absorb stories from the soundcape, then step into the broadcast booth and read the news. They would then emerge from the booth to see themselves reading the news on television. Shown during first year MFA show at 
  • Alongside his artist-book Not My President, he is currently working on an artist book called "Harold" that translates the long-form improvisational structure to book form.

Human News Corp

This is a demonstration of an installation  at the Mission Hill Gallery at SMFA that explored the news cycle in three parts. The first used VR and soundscape to aesthetically relate to the "bubble" of internet reporting. The next asked audience members to perform the news. The final step in the cycle allowed visitors to see themselves as news anchors and question that relational authority or possibly to question the news without any anchors.


VR, Live Streaming, Installation

Directing Reel

I have directed sketches, improvised films and music videos. I also have worked as an editor on many branded entertainment projects and documentaries.

Animation Reel

I work in After Effects, Flash, Premiere, Dragon Frame, and Adobe Character Animator.

Scriptless Films on Youtube

Contact

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I'm Available To Perform!

Seen a performance? Enjoyed my book? I am always available to perform or speak at your organization!

To Get In Touch:

Boston, Massachusetts, United States

email me: keegan.shiner @ gmail.com

Hours

Monday - Friday: 9am - 5pm

Saturday: By appointment

Sunday: Closed