Sheran Goodspeed Keyton in her natural environment — the driver’s seat. (Photo by Ron Thompson.)


I made the drive west to meet Sheran Goodspeed Keyton at the Fort Worth Community Arts Center. We sat in the theater space where she stages her productions for the theater company she started eight years ago, DVA Productions. I brought coffee. (She prefers tea.)

We didn’t have long to talk in the span of time she had available leaving “job one” headed to “job two” but I was happy for it. Sheran is a bootstrapping, multitasking entrepreneur, artist, actor, entertainer, vocalist, advocate, mentor, arts administrator, mom, and (believe it or not) college student. She’s one of those people with a work ethic most of us envy but don’t have the stamina to maintain. We talk about her 20-hour work days, her now famous “in transit” transformations, and her passion for encouraging young people through the arts. I asked her what inspires her and what makes her vulnerable. Surprisingly, it’s the same thing.


“I’m a starving artist. That’s all I’ve ever been. But I run the company.”

— Sheran Goodspeed Keyton


Pour a cup of coffee and listen to our conversation.

Written by Ron Thompson
My passion is exploring this crossover culture of food and stage — the people who create it, love it, revel in it, and use it to make where we live a better place to be. Find Chef & Song on Facebook