Taking no prisoners. Including herself.

Currently working on Self-ish, my new solo show. In research gathering phase. Wanna participate? Click here to let me know who are you and how do you know? A little blurb about the still-being-created show to whet your appetite: In order to become a superhero, X first needs an identity: “Superman can’t be Superman without […]

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§1234 · June 22, 2011 · Announcements, Over in Oakland, Performance · (No comments) ·


Dear NKS, Oh, dear. My sweet little blog of half a decade. I feel like it’s been… too long. With all this madness around producing BURST, I haven’t had a lot of time to just… write. Plus, this little identity crisis I seem to have started. It’s a very

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Today I did a little Sunday-improv action with Upright Citizens Brigade over at Pan Theater. It’s funny how I enrolled in the Level I improv class back at the new year just to “keep myself from getting rusty” while I had to take a little performing hiatus while I started my new job in January […]

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§1129 · July 25, 2010 · Daily1, Narrative, Over in Oakland, Performance · 1 comment ·


The Railyard Performance Space in Santa Fe is confirmed for a production of my solo performance BURST the weekend of September 10th/11th! Venue and dates have changed! Sept 17/18 and 24/25 at the Santa Fe Performing Arts Center. Also, got confirmation that I’ll be performing a condensed version of BURST and co-hosting an improv workshop […]

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Some great things are afoot: it looks like I might have an opportunity to bring my solo performance BURST back to the Land of Enchantment for a little more New Mexico magic. I’ve been nominated to perform BURST as the keynote speaker at the only peer-run consumer wellness conference in ABQ. I should hear back […]

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Number one word to describe tonight: fun. For such a flat-footed, sallow little three-letter word, it sure encapsulates the intoxication I experienced from 7:05pm-7:55pm. Fun. Fun, fun, fun. Fun! In the parlance of the Internet, let me capitalize to indicate increased volume: IT WAS FUCKING FUN.

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Showed up for an “extra” off-the-schedule class at Pan that our stand-in teacher D. offered to teach while A. is away in Ireland. Only three showed, but what a class. Such learning. D. is really showing us some of the guts of improv, and how certain choices can yield different results. “Follow the fear!” He […]

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§1095 · July 1, 2010 · Daily1, Over in Oakland, Performance · (No comments) · Tags: , , , ,


Best class yet. Moving in spontaneous outbursts and combustion-ing skills, no thought (the mind was gone because I had to focus on the musicality, see?), her shrieking at EXACTLY THE RIGHT TIME when she turned around and interrupted me. Four people standing and swinging like doors on greasy hinges — “try contrasting the energy!” — […]

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§1087 · June 30, 2010 · Daily1, Over in Oakland, Performance · (No comments) ·


I’m going to be doing another Mortified performance in Berkeley. Come watch me mortify myself on stage as I read journal entries I wrote when I was 12 and tried to change my reputation — military style — in order to win over my crush. Awesome beat-box crew also does amazing improv stuff during the […]

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Thanks to those who came out and made up a spectacular crowd for our first improv bash! We has a great time making you laugh! Hopefully photos soon.

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§998 · May 6, 2010 · Daily1, Performance · (No comments) ·


My Improv Troupe — named “Strangely Addictive Behavior” — is doing its first performances this Thursday & Saturday. We are a Level I doing short form, mainly improv games. Come support us! Thursday May 6, 8pm. $5 Saturday May 8, 7pm. $10 Pan Theater 2135 Broadway Oakland, CA 94612 (415) 261-1641

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§997 · May 5, 2010 · Announcements, Over in Oakland, Performance · (No comments) ·


I want to devote my life to writing, acting, collaborating, exploring, developing craft for, and all around evaporating my soul into theater– Can I, God, pretty pretty please?

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§955 · April 13, 2010 · Daily1, Over in Oakland, Performance · (No comments) ·


“The only people for me are the mad ones, the ones who are mad to live, mad to talk, mad to be saved, desirous of everything at the same time, the ones who never yawn or say a commonplace thing, but burn, burn, burn, like fabulous yellow roman candles exploding like spiders across the stars and in the middle you see the blue centerlight pop and everybody goes “Awww!” –Jack Kerouac

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§943 · April 6, 2010 · Daily1, Performance · (No comments) · Tags: , ,


During April’s ScriptFrenzy, as I refresh the script for my one-woman-show “BURST”, I am rifling through old notes (a good 15″ thick stack of them), and while I’m distracted by that work, I’ll post some snippets of stuff as I go along (just to make sure you know I’m still very much thinking of you, […]

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§941 · April 5, 2010 · Daily1, Over in Oakland, Performance · (No comments) ·


Today I started Script Frenzy — a sister-project to NaNoWriMo, which I’ve done a couple of times. As the name might indcate, instead of a novel in 30 days, though, you write 100 pages of a play/script. I’m adapting it a little bit to my own needs, and instead of writing a fresh script, will be going back […]

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§930 · April 1, 2010 · Over in Oakland, Performance · (No comments) ·


“Ambition is the last refuge of failure.“  – Oscar Wilde One of the most amazing lessons of this adventure of producing my own show,  is how to not only accept but enjoy every moment that comes my way.  The Bahagavad Gita gently reminds us:

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§660 · September 26, 2009 · Narrative, Performance · (No comments) ·


Review of “BURST” in Phoenix NewTimes music & culture blog: “Up on the Sun” by Arty Girl Lilia Menconi Phoenix/Tempe opening tomorrow night at 7:30pm! There is good news in the air, considering I actually found a lighting tech (…yesterday) — which is helpful, if you’re trying to put on a show where the audience […]

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I’ve been hacked. My performance site (www.shannondejong.com) and NKS (this site) were hacked into and I’m still recovering the integrity of the former. In the meantime, all BURST inquiries are referred to: MADCAP Theaters and for tickets click here. Thanks for the patience.

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§643 · September 22, 2009 · Announcements, Performance · Comments Off · Tags: , , , , ,


Dear Gigi, Thank you for sending me an email at 6:53am to remind me that I should probably be posting on my blog right about now. Between walking for hours in the Phoenix heat to hang posters, selling my soul to get some publicity, and struggling to make some money with freelancing gigs so that […]

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§641 · September 17, 2009 · Narrative, Performance · 1 comment ·


Making efforts to coordinate a PHX production of “BURST” before heading back home to my beloved California. In the meantime, you can enjoy a snippet of the show with some new footage from my opening show in Santa Fe, NM. For all you long-term readers who were around from the beginning and remember the Craiglist […]

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§637 · September 10, 2009 · 20/20/20, Performance · (No comments) · Tags: , ,