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Introducing the puru at UC Santa Cruz

Introducing the puru at UC Santa Cruz

The POOP Project pushes the envelope with honest, hilarious and fascinating programming that engages audiences in critical issues of social justice, sustainability, inclusivity, global health and self-love. From casual afternoon sessions to full-week residencies, The POOP Project offers a range of dynamic programs to fit your community's needs--and budget!

Scroll down to learn more about:

  • Mainstage Programs ($1,500-$3,250)

    • An Inconvenient Poop / How The Potty Trained Us

  • Complementary Programming ($300-$1,000)

    • Flush: The Documentary / Workshops & Master Classes / Campus Assessment & Action

 
Mainstage Programs ($1,500-$3,250)
 

An Inconvenient Poop

The corn jewel in The POOP Project's toilet bowl, this solo show with music was named a Critic's Pick in Time Out New York, and took home the 2015 New York International Fringe Festival Award for Overall Excellence in Solo Performance. Click to watch the trailer, learn more about the show at www.AnInconvenientPoop.com, or download our handy one-pager for further information. Performance followed by a talkback. 

"I can say with the utmost respect that the show was the perfect combination of gross, intelligent, funny and serious to keep the students engaged. Students especially appreciated the discussion during the talkback of how individuals’ actions can make meaningful differences.”

-Pieranna Pieroni, Brooklyn College

"How the Potty Trained Us" as featured on American Hipster.

How The potty trained us

Part lecture, part stand-up, part character shifting solo play, this is the performance that started it all. You'll find out:

  • why we have such negative feelings about poop
  • how it's been different in the past
  • the problems our current system creates
  • and how you can be part of the poo revo-loo-tion!

Low tech! Requires only a projector, screen, amplification and audio playback. Performance followed by a talk back.

“My ecoart seniors did not quite know what to expect from Shawn Shafner’s visit. However after his informative, fun and occasionally challenging presentation, they were all very excited and inspired. Shawn’s work is important; it is critical to discuss our bodies and how we are connected to larger systems of production, consumption and waste.”

-Elizabeth Stephens, Professor of Art, University of California, Santa Cruz

 
Complementary Programming ($300-$1,000)
 

Flush: The Documentary

Flush is a feature documentary that follows the incredible true story of what happens after we flush, exploring how our "out of sight, out of mind" mentality about human bodily waste affects the health and wealth of our nation. Purchase a copy for your library, screen the film, and enjoy a conversation with Executive Producer Shawn Shafner and Director Karina Mangu-Ward (pending availability). Learn more about the film and whet your appetite with excerpts at www.GoFlushYourself.com/

Students at Augustana University in Sioux Falls, South Dakota

Students at Augustana University in Sioux Falls, South Dakota

Workshops & Masterclasses

Shawn has been teaching theater, facilitating workshops and creating curricula for over 10 years. In addition to Masterclasses in theater, voice and movement, The Puru has developed a series of workshops specifically for college and university campuses. Contact us for more information about any of the offerings below, or to create a custom plan for your community.

  • Tell Your Story: Making Theater from Personal, Historical and Scientific Narratives
  • Coming Out of the Water Closet: Queer Bodies and the Bathroom
  • Building for the Body: Smart Toilet Spaces for Every Environment
  • Below the Bible Belt: Religious Perspectives on Poop
  • How the Potty Trained Us: Creating Body-Positive Toilet Habits in Early Childhood 

"Thank you for spending time with my class. They absolutely loved talking with you and were glowing afterwards."

-Dr. Daniel Gerling, Assistant Professor, English, Augustana University

Campus Assessment & action

Ready to take the movement to the next level? The Puru will work with your students and faculty to assess and creatively address campus concerns regarding restroom access, sustainability, social justice, self-love and more. The POOP Project is here to help! Contact us and tell us what you need. 

Create a Custom Program to Suit Your Community!