Director of Education & Community Engagement
Shannon is a passionate arts educator who has enjoyed working with students of all ages throughout her career. She is thrilled to be a part of the Paramount family and working with her remarkable team to start the new Paramount School of the Arts. Originally from Lincoln, Nebraska, Shannon moved to St. Louis to study Musical Theater at Webster Conservatory and completed her undergraduate degree in Theater Education at Emerson College in Boston. She went on to teach, direct and manage non-profits all over the country, including Belvoir Terrace in Lenox, MA; Madison Youth Choirs, Madison, WI; Doane College, Crete, NE; and Boston Arts Academy, Boston, MA, Central Community College in Hastings, NE, and several high schools in Nebraska. She spent four years at Hastings High School in Hastings, NE where she was nominated twice for Nebraska Theater Teacher of the Year. In 2011, she received her MFA in Directing for Stage and Screen from the University of Nebraska, Lincoln. While at UNL, she was awarded the Kennedy Center Society of Stage Directors and Choreographers National Directing Fellowship as well as the Porter Award for outstanding graduate theater work. Shannon’s experience includes Directing and Producing at the Tony Award-winning McCarter Theatre in Princeton, NJ. She assisted Olivier Award winning director Sam Buntrock on the world premiere of John Guare’s play Are You There, McPhee?. Shannon worked with Director Emily Mann on the Broadway Production of A Streetcar Named Desire; Marina Carr’s play Phaedra Backwards and the beloved favorite A Christmas Carol. She went on to direct in Philadelphia, Princeton and New York City as well as taught at the prestigious Stuart Country Day School in Princeton, NJ.