Assume the throne

Photo Installation created by artist Nicole Licht for WaterAid.

Shafner wants a global movement and, given his natural charm and bottomless capacity for scatological puns, he might just get one.
— Time Out New York

The Puru is bringing his message of radical self-acceptance home - literally. An intimate blend of storytelling, ritual and razzle dazzle, ASSUME THE THRONE will be performed in real life living rooms all across America from Oct. - Jan. Tooting around in his custom POOP Mobile, with The World's #2 Traveling Poop Museum in tow, Shafner clears the air around how the toilet became taboo, distills lessons learned from eight years of preaching poop-positivity worldwide, and passes on the ancient alchemy of turning shit to gold. An interactive experience unlike anything you ever thought necessary, ASSUME THE THRONE is the inspiring poo review that invites YOU to be part of a grassroots movement squeezing out love from the bottom-up.

ASSUME THE THRONE was created by Shawn Shafner, and directed by Alex Beck.

Join this Tour De Farts!

Got a living room, cabaret space, classroom or other venue for 10+ people? Got a couch for Shawn to sleep on? Wanna get invited to a show in your area? Let us know!

*Also available for screenings of FLUSH - The Documentary, performances of How the Potty Trained Us, master classes, consultations, and more!

Upcoming Itinerary (subject to change)



4-5 - Monday evening lecture: “How the Potty Trained Us” at University of New Mexico, Garcia Honda Auditorium, George Pearl Hall, 5:30pm. Open to the public. See the flyer here!

6 - House show in Santa Fe, NM! Meet at La Montanita for 6, 6:30 and 7pm shuttles to private home. See the Facebook event for more info! For more information or to RSVP, email

7-8 - Pueblo, CO

9-12 - Denver, CO

…and the rest of February in NYC

Past Itinerary

OCTOBER headed from NYC to the midwest and back again


4 & 5 - University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, MI

8 - Hanover College in Hanover, IN

10-14 - Environmental Leaders Program National Fellowship Retreat in Omena, MI

15 - Flint, MI

16 - Buffalo, NY

17 - Saratoga Springs, NY

18-21 - Music Residency at Dragon’s Egg

22-28 - Mindfulness Certification in New York City, NY

30 - Aberdeen Maple Farm in Staatsburg, NY

31 - Rich Earth Institute in Brattleboro, VT

NOVEMBER looped the Northeastern US and starts a journey southward.


1 - University of Vermont in Burlington, VT

2 - Integrated Arts Academy in Burlington, VT

6 - le Garderie Notre Dame de Grace in Montreal, Quebec, Canada

8-10 - Theatre Devising Intensive at the Art Monastery Project, Springfield, VT

11-13 - Portland, Maine

15-16 - School of the Museum of Fine Arts at Tufts University in Boston, MA

19 - World Toilet Day in New York City, in partnership with Flush WASH, NYU Stern and NYU Wagner

24-28 - Philadelphia, PA, including Assume the Throne at the Erickson Family Thanksgiving Celebratin

29-Dec 2 - Washington, DC, Assume the Throne with the Young Defecators Club (for WASH professionals)

DECEMBER meandered around the SouthEast.


3 - Richmond, VA

4-12 - Raleigh / Chapel Hill, NC meeting with Duke University's Center for WaSH-AID and in-residence at the Eco-Institute at Pickard’s Mountain

13-15 - Charleston, SC

16-18 - Yulee, FL visiting White Oak Conservation Society

19-20 - Greenville, SC

21-22 - Asheville, NC

23 - Chattanooga, TN

24-30 - Nashville and Liberty, TN, including Assume the Throne at Sassafras

31-Jan 2 in Memphis, TN



3-4 - Vicksburg, MS, including Assume the Throne at Lorelei Books

5-7 - New Orleans, LA including Assume the Throne at Missy and Bryan’s house in the Bywater

8-10 - Houston, TX

11-13 - Austin, TX

14-16 - Dallas, TX

17 - driving because Texas is HUGE!

18-20 - El Paso, TX

21-23 - Tucson, AZ

24-26 - Phoenix, AZ

27-29 - Albuquerque, NM

30-Feb 3 - Sonoma, CA at the Environmental Leadership Program National Fellowship Retreat (unavailable for other engagements)