Shireal Renee is an American author, actor, entrepreneur, host, poet, screenwriter, playwright, producer, performer, motivational speaker and teacher, specializing in youth dramatic arts. Renee wrote, produced and starred in the stage play “Wide Open: A One Woman Show” which debuted in 2007 and is still running. Currently, the play is in the works of being booked for a 200 University Tour of the United States.
Renee is known for both creating and hosting a local and online TV series called Poetz Corner, a show in which she performs original poetry and seeks out talented poets who have made a name in the poetry market to spotlight as guest on the show. In 2009 she published her autobiographical book of poetry titled, The Things Inside Me: A Poetic Trip Inside a Young Female Mind, in 2009.
In 2010 Renee was cast as Yellow in the critically acclaimed stage play “For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow is Enuf”, directed by Darlene Brandon. Renee also produced and starred in “Wide Open” at the prestigious Wadsworth Athenum in 2010. In 2011 “Wide Open” was asked back to the historical museum for two encore performances and also booked at Central Connecticut State University. Renee and co-star MIDNIGHT were featured on Fox 61-morning news and a billboard went up on highway 91S in Hartford advertising the show. That year “Wide Open’s” buzz grew tremendously and Renee was featured in many newspapers, magazines and radio shows including the Hartford Current, The Hartford Advocate and Hot 93.7.
Renee has also starred in a few short films, one of which she played a prostitute named Caroline in the silent film called, “Sunny’s Secret”, written by Sharece M. Sellem. Renee has performed poetry on stages throughout the U.S. she incorporates her poetry in her “Wide Open” workshops that are available for bookings to high schools, colleges, women’s and men’s domestic organizations and juvenile and correctional facilities. Her workshops address a relationship that she experienced in her life where she was physically, mentally and emotionally abused but how she used that experience to drive and change her circumstances. The workshops focuses are domestic violence, self-esteem, deliverance and hope.
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