WOMAN OF HER WORD DISABILITIES SCHOLAR
Shannan Shaughnessy is entering her second year in Screenwriting at Feirstein Graduate School of Cinema at Brooklyn College. With her background in theater, scenery fabrication, pyrotechnics and, more recently, years working in the healing arts, she began writing stories for the screen.
In addition to her original mission of writing truthful, enlightened and darkly humorous stories of women’s fight for equality, recognition and power as well as stories of the everyday struggles, Shannan has worked on projects about how a sudden catastrophic health event pressurizes a relationship and how a person can wake up one day feeling like an alien in their own life and a foreigner in their own body. She plans to write about the alarming increase in young people being struck by stroke in the US over the last decade, the often unexplored and misunderstood experiences of brain trauma and healing as well as living with disabilities – both visible and invisible.