Jack Shamblin

Jake Shamblin

Jack has come a long, long way from that Bible-Belt Eastern Oklahoma town where he grew up, a two-hour drive from the headquarters of the Ku Klux Klan. Back in the eighties, when he drummed-up enough courage to tell a friend he was gay, she told him he would “die of Aids and then roast for eternity.” His adoring mother went homophobic and threatened to take away his college fund. Years later, she redeemed herself, but that moment threw her son into depression. Jack was locked inside himself with so much to say but with no vehicle of expression. He calls it his “silent-state-of-Bohemia: a place full of singers without voices, dancers without legs and writers without hands.”

Fast-forward to 2018 and meet the new and evolved Jack/Mia  — international writer, actor, director, comedian, performance artist and activist. He’s created with Caryl Churchill, Kate Bornstein, Alexis Arquette, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Jayne Atkinson, Theodora Skipitares, Basil Twist, Ellie Covan, and Mark Wing-Davey. His plays performed at La MaMa, Dixon Place, HERE, and abroad. He not only found his voice, his legs and his hands, but he clarified his direction as a queer leader and role model in the arts.  For more :  www.miakunter.com