Shawna Flanigan

Shawna Flanigan, Director of Arts Education and Program Development, oversees COCA’s education programming across program types, disciplines and sites. In this position she develops programs, manages the education budgets, hires and manages faculty, guides the artistic direction of COCA Theatre Company and curates COCA’s Millstone Gallery. Shawna has presented at three national arts education conferences on behalf of COCA. She led two major initiatives including the initial committee work that resulted in Interchange and the curriculum development for COCA’s newest initiative, COCAbiz. Shawna, who has an extensive background in arts education, joined COCA in 2001 from her previous position as the Children’s Theatre Director at Theatre of Western Springs and as an adjunct faculty member at both DePaul University and Barat College. She has worked as a director, assistant director and dramaturg at theatres such as Steppenwolf, Arena Stage, Intiman Theatre, A Contemporary Theatre, The Group Theatre and Goodman Theatre. Shawna holds a BA in Theatre Studies from Knox College and an MFA in Directing from DePaul University

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