Obviously you’re here to learn a little more about me.

I enjoy spending my time, free spirit, and energy interacting with people, laughing, dancing, eating, creating, being of service, and hanging with my pups. Being a multi-disciplinary artist, I consider myself a lifelong learner and lover of life. As an arts educator, career coach, and professional actor, I live to perform and create quality experiences that have the ability to inspire, entertain, and educate.

With a BFA in Musical Theatre & a BA in Communications, I specializes in:

  • arts education
  • theatrical performance
  • youth leadership & facilitation
  • event/program coordinating
  • public speaking
  • brand development and management

Generally, I work in Career Services as a Coordinator. I provide students assistance as they explore majors, discover career options, and select occupations that connect with their interests, abilities, and values. By understanding their needs, strengths, personality, skills, talents, and interests they can make informed academic and career decisions.

Focusing on performing arts and arts integration, I am a teaching artist with organizations such as the Coterie Theatre, Fountain City Performing Arts, Kansas City Young Audiences, and Johnson Country Arts and Heritage Center.

I’m represented by Exposure Model and Talent agency as a commercial and voice talent and a performer with a variety of prominent Kansas City theater companies. Including, the Coterie Theatre, Unicorn Theatre, Mesner Puppet Theatre, Kansas City Actors Theatre, The Fishtank Theatre, and The Living Room Theatre.

As a visual artist, I currently work with acrylic fluid pours. I find it fits my creative style, skills, and energy while allowing challenging exploration. I enjoy using bright, bold, colors that attract the eye, bring smiles to faces, gives energy and joy. You can find my work in my site portfolio.

I also volunteer as a facilitator for the youth leadership organization HOBY. HOBY involves young people exploring and identifying their unique leadership skills. The HOBY mission is to inspire and prepare future young leaders for a life dedicated to leadership, service, and innovation. HOBY empowers young people to dream big, make an impact, and change the world. Learn more here: HOBY.

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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!


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: https://anchor.fm/kcactorstheatre/episodes/The-Judges-House-Episode-1-e19f46n

The Judge’s House Episode 2: https://anchor.fm/kcactorstheatre/episodes/The-Judges-House-Episode-2-e19nlmk

Cabin B-13: https://anchor.fm/kcactorstheatre/episodes/Cabin-B-13-from-Suspense-emua1u/a-a3vb4t3