Staff / Artists & Critical Acclaim
SHEAUN MCKINNEY - Co-Founder / Board Member
Sheaun Mckinney

Cast Member "Malcolm" CBS'
Hit TV Show "The Neighborhood"

Cast Member "Wayne" NBC'S
TV Show "Great News"

Cast Member "Dayshawn" HBO's
TV Show "Vice-Principals"

Recurring Character "Eddie" USA Network's Hit TV Show "Graceland"

Sheaun Mckinney is an award-winning, critically acclaimed Afro-Carribean-American actor/producer, and co-founder of Ground Up & Rising theatre company. A true Miami product, Sheaun was born in Coconut Grove, raised in Miami-Dade County, and studied theatre at Miami Dade College before co-founding Miami's acclaimed Ground Up & Rising. Sheaun has been called "one of the finest actors in South Florida" (Miami New Times), "magnetic" (Miami Herald), and his performances have been hailed as "tour-de-force" (Miami Herald), and that he has the "physicality of a gentle giant, but he has the capability of erupting scorching lava" (Florida Theatre On Stage).

Sheaun's impressive history on stage began with a Carbonell-nominated turn (Carbonell Nominee Best Actor 2002) for his work in "A Lesson Before Dying" at the venerable Gablestage, Miami's most renown theatre company. This prestigious honor came while he was still at Miami Dade College. At Ground Up, Sheaun has received universal acclaim and accolades such as Miami New Times Best Supporting Actor Award (Miami New Times Best of Miami Best Supporting Actor 2007). Some of Sheaun's most powerful Ground Up turns have included playing Satan and Jesus in Ground Up's acclaimed production of Pulitzer Prize Winner Stephen Adly's Guirgis' "The Last days Of Judas Iscariot", Booth in Pulitzer Prize Winner Susan Lori-Parks' "Top Dog Underdog", Valdez in Guirgis "Jesus Hopped The A Train", and Dougie in Pulitzer Prize Finalist Rajiv Joseph's "Gruesome Playground Injuries".

Sheaun's meritorious TV resume includes being a series regular and cast member on HBO's upcoming Danny McBride starring-and-produced TV show "Vice Principals" as the role of Dayshawn, and a memorable recurring character of Eddie on USA network's hit TV show "Graceland". His successful film/TV career has also resulted in awards in winning Best Actor in the American Black Film Festival 's "Star Project" (ABFF Best Actor Monologue Competition 2011), and Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series (LA Web Series Festival) of his work in "Make It Happen," a series produced and written by Mr. Mckinney. The series also won the the 2011 Audience Award at NBC Universal's ShortCuts Film Festival.