Shawna Pena-Downing

Shawna Pena-Downing

Member for 5 years •
"Fun. Classy. Urban. Energetic."

I currently reside in Kansas City, Missouri & work within multiple facets of the performing arts community. With B.F.A. in theatre focusing on musical theatre & a B.A. in communications focusing on brand marketing, new media and advertising, I specialize in arts education, theatre, public speaking, networking, youth leadership, event/program coordinating.

As a professional actor/singer I've worked with a variety of prominent theatre companies: the Coterie Theatre, Metropolitan Ensemble Theatre, Heart of America Shakespeare Festival, Theatre for Young America, & KC Melting Pot Theatre. I am a teaching artist with the Coterie Theatre, KC Repertory Theatre and the KC Black Repertory Theatre; as well as a peer educator with the Dramatic Health Education Project. Also a co-director of education & community programs with KC Melting Pot Theatre Company and is signed with Exposure Model and Talent agency.

I love to spend her time, energy and free spirit being an educator, laughing, eating and giving back. I live to create and perform quality work that has the ability to inspire, entertain and educate.


My training has been through my talent agency, Exposure Model & Talent. I studied Musical Theatre and Communications from Avila University and have been working professionally in public speaking, performing, commercial and films since graduation in 2012.


Coyne College "Hire Quality" television campaign- Sky Recording/Gragg Advertising
Avila University- Promotion radio campaign- Puente Marketing


Dialects: Southern, British/English, Cockney, Bajan/Creole, Eastern USA, Chicagan.
Dance: Jazz, Contemporary, Hip-hop, Lyrical, Choreography, Ballroom, Swing.
Instruments: Guitar, Ukulele, Tamborine, Piano, Kazoo.
Stage Combat: Hand to hand, Rapier.
Sports: Soccer, Volleyball, Tennis, Track.
Hobbies: Knitting. Photography. Painting. Cooking. Graphic Desgin. Arts and Crafts.