Big Shed is Jesse Dukes, Jennifer Deer, and Shea Shackelford. We bring our combined experience and skills to bear on each project we undertake. When we need more hands, we call on the craft and might of the Big Shed family: a network of contributors who include producers, editors, programmers, and designers.
Shea is passionate about the power of audio documentary to reach and transform people.
He recently won the Bronze Award in the 2010 Third Coast / Richard H. Driehaus Foundation Competition for his co-production of the story "This can go on forever".
In 2009, Shea was one of eight producers awarded a grant by the Public Radio Maker’s Quest, which Big Shed used to help launch the Place + Memory project, in partnership with NPR’s Weekend Edition.
When he isn’t producing his own stories, he’s busy teaching, encouraging, or helping people and organizations to use sound and storytelling to convey their own ideas. He is an annual producer-in-residence at the Center for Documentary Studies at Duke and former coordinator of youth media programs for the Latin American Youth Center in Washington, DC.
Based in Montréal, Shea works in both Canada and the United States.
You can also find Shea online at:
Shea @ PRX
Shea @ Twitter
Jesse has been working as a journalist since 2005, producing audio and multimedia stories for radio and the web. He also writes magazine articles.
When he isn’t working from his home in Charlottesville, VA, Jesse’s frequently on the road, reporting from places as far and wide as central Alaska, Downeast Maine, or Cairo, Egypt.
After attending the Salt Institute for Documentary Studies, He spent four years as a producer for the public radio program With Good Reason. Currently, he’s working on a series of stories related to the environment, human-animal relationships, globalization, and human infrastructure.
Jesse loves to mix the sensibilities of poetry, literature, music, and art with serious non-fiction journalism in order to tell more engaging stories.
You can also find Jesse online here:
Jesse @ PRX
After 20 years in the theatre, Jennifer abandoned the stagelights for public radio. She created ArtVoice, a weekly arts magazine program on WABE-FM in Atlanta. During the two years she hosted and co-produced the show, ArtVoice became Atlanta’s source for under-the-radar artists, events, and arts organizations.
Jennifer continued creating audio postcards, features, and personal essays for the radio after she moved to North Carolina in 2002. Initially as a producer at WUNC-FM, then as a freelancer for programs like NPR’s All Things Considered and PRI’s Weekend America.
Currently she teaches radio production at the Center for Documentary Studies and creates podcasts for the Nasher Museum of Art.
Jennifer recently received her M.A in Liberal Studies from Duke University.
You can also find Jennifer online here: