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Shannon grew up in Lincoln, NE and was engrossed in community theatre and school productions from a young age. To follow her passion, she moved to St. Louis to study Musical Theatre at Webster Conservatory and ended up completing her undergraduate degree in Theatre Education at Emerson College in Boston. While there, Ms. Cameron worked for several social justice non-profits to develop and implement drama-based curricula in the Boston Public School system. After college, 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 in Boston, MA. She also spent four years at Hastings High School in Hastings, NE where she was nominated twice for Nebraska Theatre Teacher of the Year. Graduate school called, and 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 theatre work.
She spent her year after graduate school as the Directing and Producing Assistant at the Tony Award winning McCarter Theatre in Princeton, NJ. There, she assisted Olivier Award winning director, Sam Buntrock on the world-premiere of John Guare's visionary and hilarious play, Are You There, McPhee? In 2012, she worked on the Broadway Production of A Streetcar Named Desire, assisting director, Emily Mann. That fall, she also assisted Ms. Mann on the world-premiere production of Marina Carr's play Phaedra Backwards and Michael Unger on the beloved favorite, A Christmas Carol. After her time at McCarter Theatre, she went on to direct in Philadelphia, Princeton, and New York City as well as teach at the prestigious Stuart Country Day School in Princeton, NJ.
Ms. Cameron returned to Nebraska in 2014 in an effort to fulfill her personal mission: be a positive force of change in others’ lives. She is currently the Director of Theatre at Lincoln East High School in Lincoln, NE where she just finished her first production: The Adding Machine by Elmer Rice. Previously she was the Director of Theatre at Kearney High School/ She directed and choreographed Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella, Rumors, The Crucible, Children of Eden. While in Kearney she also directed Red and Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat for Crane River Theatre Company.
To add to her busy schedule she is also an Adjunct Professor at Central Community College in Hastings, Nebraska, a CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate) volunteer, and on the Board of Directors at Kearney Community Theatre.
In her spare time, she enjoys running her small business, Shannon Cameron Photography, watching a documentary with her wonderful fiancé, and cooking for her friends.
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