Performing and Fine Arts



Shannon Enders

Adjunct Lecturer of Theatre

Shannon Enders


Shannon Enders is a writer, director, and co-founder of Renaissance City Theatre Institute, a dramatic arts school which uses creative writing and drama to develop critical thinking skills and enhance social and emotional intelligence.

She grew up in Utica’s Cornhill area, attended Utica public schools, and graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Hamilton College with a degree in Theatre. She is also a teaching artist in both theatre and creative writing for the Arts In Education Institute at Stanley Center for the Arts and works with school administrators, teachers, and non-profit organizations to find innovative ways to infuse dramatic arts into curriculum.

Known for her theatre work with vulnerable populations, Shannon creates performances around important social issues for community-building. After co-creating Borders and Boundaries, a theatre program partnering Utica Municipal Housing Authority residents with Hamilton College students, she was awarded the National Association of Housing and Redevelopment Officials’ Youth Program Award of Excellence. Her recent play, I Dream a World, was created with and performed by Nora Johnson, a young woman with a developmental disability called Williams Syndrome. It premiered at Hamilton College in 2008, was selected for the 2010-2011 Arts In Education Repertory, and travelled to the National Williams Syndrome Conference in St. Luis, Missouri. I Dream a World continues to tour various schools and colleges in New York State .

“I believe there are very few places in this world where we come together face to face, to listen to one another, receive each other openly, and share with one another honestly. I love to interview real people and share their stories with the world. Upon performance, this genre of theatre becomes a meeting place-- a forum where we all come together to listen, to share, to educate, and to move the larger world toward an enlightened and shared existence.”


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