*AGMA & AEA Member
Shalanda Sims hails from the great northwest. She is a professional performing artist and writes multi-generational stories reflecting African-American culture and community. Her plays include, Church Girls, Who I Am Celebrating Me, Vanport, Full-time Woman, Too Good To Be True, Twas The Night Before Christmas and a handful of children's plays. She is the founder and director of World Stage Theatre.
With an educational background in Theater and English, deep appreciation for history, and twenty years as a teaching artist, when not performing, Shalanda works in both private and public schools incorporating and teaching all three topics to students grades K-12 . Her recent work includes; teaching artist for Portland Center Stage, Outreach & Recruitment Coach for The August Wilson Red Door Project and working with a team of directors for Portland Playhouse's Shakespeare Festival for middle and high school students. She is a member of Actors' Equity Association, American Guild of Musical Artists and an AEA Portland Liaison Committee member.
Shalanda is an advocate for youth and families in her community. She's served as PTA president, her school districts Equity Committee, SF2020, Successful Families, Project Access Now, Rockwood Pathways Project (Community Project Network), and leads a parent group continuing work to eliminate barriers facing underserved populations..
In 2015, inspired by her 2013 play, Vanport, Shalanda was invited to a number of meetings and eventually to join a group of ladies as founders and co-directors of the Vanport Mosaic Festival, honoring the forgotten city by preserving stories of the Vanport flood survivors.
Proud to be debuting her children's book, Night Rhythms (The Hooded Quilt Series), released in August 2017. Shalanda shares this sentiment with our beloved Phenomenal Woman;
“I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” ~Maya Angelou
"May my work make people feel loved, enlightened, uplifted, challenged..." ~Shalanda Sims