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Shayna Jones is an award winning actor, a playwright, a folklorist, and a multi-disciplinary spoken word artist specializing in performance poetry and traditional oral storytelling. As a professionally trained actor, vocalist, and fine mover, Shayna has performed for theatre companies, schools, and festivals across Canada including the Nelson Storytelling Festival, TALES Alberta Storytelling Festival, Toronto Storytelling Festival, Montreal Intercultural Storytelling Festival, St. John’s Newfoundland Storytelling Festival, and for the Storytellers of Canada - Conteurs du Canada National Conference. As a folklorist, Shayna combines her passion for live, theatrical performance with the study of traditional African and Afro-diasporic folklore and contemporary black experience. Presently, she is the founder and leader of a provincially funded project called Black and Rural, a multi-year artistic investigation into the hearts and minds of black folks tucked away on the Canadian countryside. Partnering with both arts and heritage organizations, her vision is to gather, honor and showcase black and rural Canadian life through a nationally touring performance and gallery exhibition. Learn more about her and her work at www.wearestoryfolk.com.