Being a multi-disciplinary artist, I consider myself a lifelong learner and lover of life. I enjoy spending my time, interacting with people, being of service, and hanging with my pups. My free spirit and energetic nature can be found creating, laughing, dancing, and eating. I specializes in:

arts education & integration

theatre performance

leadership facilitation

event & program coordinating

public speaking

brand development & management

Enjoy the rest of your stay!


VoyageKC is built on recommendations from the community; it’s how we uncover hidden gems. https://voyagekc.com/interview/rising-stars-meet-shawna-pena-downing-of-midtown/

Get ready for a thoughtful, fun, interesting episode with Shawna Peña Downing (@shawnalaceyart)! A master storyteller, Shawna shares ideas and stories about creating visual art. I learn so, so much about painting and art as we discuss intellectual property, creating in new and interesting ways, resourcefulness, space, and more! Episode Here!

Kansas City theater actress Shawna Peña-Downing finds herself cast in an enviable role among many of her peers — she’s able to work from home without straying too far from her chosen performance profession. https://www.startlandnews.com/2020/04/performers-covid-19/

From the stage to the studio to a sweets shop on Main Street, the creative talents of Shawna Peña-Downing have never let her down, she said, crediting her resiliency to a STEAM-focused education. https://www.startlandnews.com/2021/01/shawna-pena-downing/

It takes all of us to make a difference. Here at Synergy we love our Community Partners! Today on #TheRedChairChat, we sit down with Joe and Shawna from Fountain City Performing Arts as they share about the remarkable work they have been doing with youth accessing our Youth Resiliency Center. http://https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SEw0E68wNYQ&t=1s

Producing theatre company Kansas City Actors Theatre (kcactors.org) presents new and classic radio theatre featuring Kansas City artists alongside an occasional look behind the scenes with the people who work to bring artist-led, local, professional theatre to Kansas City.


The Judge’s House Episode 1

The Judge’s House Episode 2

Cabin B-13