Finding Your Space Masterclass | Session 1

March 29 - April 19

Finding Your Space Masterclass | Session 1
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“Finding Your Space” a class for performer re-discovery with Shane Peterman and Vonda K. Bowling.

WaterTower Theatre is pleased to announce a new masterclass series for performing artists of all levels to help find their way back onto the stage. The intent will be to provide a safe, supportive environment where each artist can work on their book or material to help “get back on your feet artistically”. The class will be led by Producing Artistic Director Shane Peterman and Music Director Vonda K. Bowling. “After producing theatrical digital capture(s) for film during the last 6 months, it became clear to me that what we need as a community and as artists, is to find our way back to the stage by rediscovering our space again”, says Mr. Peterman, “Being on stage is the first step to coming back home to theatre and to ourselves as artists”. Ghostlights have been burning in theatres all over the world for the last year, and now is the time for actors to reacquaint themselves with the stage in preparation for the return of employment in live theater. Each participant will be given the opportunity to work through song selections and monologues from their repertoire on the Terry Martin Main Stage per WTT safety guidelines.


*space will be limited due to COVID-19 restrictions.

** ALL students and staff will be required to adhere to WTT Safe & Sanitary Procedures

Session length: 4 weeks, 6:00-8:00pm on Monday evenings

First Session runs: March 29 through April 19

Second Session runs: July 12 through August 2

Cost: $195 (4 consecutive weeks of 2-hour classes)

Maximum number of students: 12

Age appropriate: 18 and older

*WTT safety guidelines can be found here:

Please contact Associate Producer Elizabeth Kensek for enrollment and payment arrangements. An updated headshot and resume will be required in addition to any sheet music needed for the pianist. Electronic is preferred for safety reasons. Emails can be sent here:

About Shane Peterman:

Shane Peterman (Producing Artistic Director- WaterTower Theatre, Co-Founder/CEO-The Acting Studio) is a native Dallas Texan who has worked extensively with theatres across the country as an actor, director, educator, and facilitator for nearly 25 years and now leads Addison’s highly acclaimed professional theatre, WaterTower Theatre. Most recently Shane was Producer for Lyric Stage and was instrumental in relocating it to Dallas’ historic Majestic Theatre and programming award winning seasons. Shane, along with his wife Erica, also own and operate The Acting Studio, North Texas’ largest independently owned children’s theatre program with four locations. As an actor, he has performed many leading roles across North America and Europe including New York City. As a solo vocalist, he has been accompanied by leading orchestra's around the world in various venues including Carnegie Hall. Shane has also worked in television and studied in both the U.S. and the U.K. with many top industry professionals including Sanford Meisner Protege' Fred Kareman. To date WaterTower Theatre has successfully and safely captured four digital theatrical productions during the COVID-19 Pandemic, one of the first in the U.S to do so. As CEO of The Acting Studio, Mr. Peterman has safely overseen three successful live theatrical presentations during the COVID-19 Pandemic and safely resumed classes both digitally and in person.

About Vonda K. Bowling:

Vonda K. Bowling is a sought-after Music Director, Pianist, Accompanist, Conductor, Voice Teacher, and Vocal Coach in the Dallas/Ft. Worth area. Before all live performances shut down in 2020, Mrs. Bowling worked at many theatres in the DFW area including the 2017 Tony Award Winning Dallas Theater Center and Casa Manana in Ft. Worth. In her 15 years of Music Directing, she has had the privilege to work with many Broadway and Off-Broadway Music Directors, Conductors, Directors, Choreographers and Actors; including Stephen Oremus, Rickey Tripp, Dan Domenech, and Mr. Hermes himself, Andre De Shields. Music Directing credits: Dallas Theater Center: In the Heights, Public Works Dallas: As You Like It; Public Works Dallas: A Winter’s Tale; Hairspray, Hair; Hood; Public Works Dallas: The Tempest; The Christians; Bella; Dreamgirls; A Christmas Carol (2015-2019); MOONSHINE: That Hee Haw Musical; The Rocky Horror Show. Casa Manana: Grease, Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story, Tuck Everlasting, Frank-N-Friend, Matilda. Theatre Three: The Manufactured Myth of Eveline Flynn, Assassins, The Drowsy Chaperone, Crazy for You, A Dog’s Life, Lost in the Stars, I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change, Blankity-Blank, Songs from an Unmade Bed, A Catered Affair, Another Night Before Christmas. WaterTower Theatre: The Ballad of Little Jo, Addison One Concert, Ella’s Swinging Christmas, in addition to other Regional and College productions. For the last 14 years, Mrs. Bowling, along with Mark Mullino have directed Dallas Young Artists, a successful musical theatre summer camp for ages 6-18. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education from Shorter College in Rome, Georgia and an MFA in Voice Performance from the University of Tennessee in Knoxville, Tennessee. She lives in Rowlett, TX with her husband Jeffrey, their sons Harrison and Mason, their dog Ranger, and their cats Sonny and Nina (yes, like In the Heights). She dedicates every performance to the memory of Terry Dobson (TD), her music directing mentor.

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