Knowing the theatre world inside and out is what made Shane Peterman the perfect person to be the new Producing Artistic Director for WaterTower Theatre! The WTT Board of Directors recently announced that Peterman was chosen for this new position, which he officially began March 1. In this role, Peterman will lead the company’s artistic vision and oversee fundraising, marketing and administrative initiatives.
Grace Daniels, WTT Board President, said in a recent press release: “The search committee went through extensive efforts conducting interviews with talented individuals from across the country to find someone whose goals, mindset and drive matched that of the mission and current needs of WaterTower Theatre. Shane rose to the top as a successful producer and businessman as well as one who knows WTT and its community intimately as a performer and a patron. We ask that you help us welcome Mr. Peterman as the newest member and leader of the WTT family.”
Peterman has more than 23 years experience in theatre, including holding previous positions as entrepreneur, producing artistic director, executive producer, casting director and performer for many award-winning theaters and programs across the country.
In the press release, Peterman said, “I am extremely excited to begin work as the Producing Artistic Director for WaterTower Theatre, a truly exemplary arts organization in North Texas. Many thanks to the Board of Directors, staff of WaterTower and my family for believing in me. I’m eager to get the work started and to collaborate with the amazing talent we have in this town.
Recently, Peterman served as producer for Lyric Stage over the last five seasons and he helped Lyric Stage move from Irving to Dallas’ Historic Majestic Theater. He also steered Lyric Stage back to fiscal solvency due to a reflection of a shift in programming choices and strong leadership, which saw two out of the last four productions over 95 percent sold. His relationship with WTT dates back to 1999, where he was an actor and a teacher on stage numerous times.
In addition, he has produced more than 65 productions and directed more than 35 shows in numerous markets during his career, including New York City, Denver, Orlando and Minneapolis. In addition, he was central in producing the world premiere of Pure Country, based on the 1992 Warner Brothers film, which is now being produced at Houston’s Theatre Under the Stars in spring 2020. Finally, Peterman, his wife Erica and his partner Kellie Carroll opened The Acting Studio in 2009, which has grown into the largest independently owned children’s theatre training and performance program in North Texas, which now has multiple locations.
WTT was founded in 1996 and is one of the leading professional theatre companies in Texas and one of the flagship arts institutions in North Texas. It has played an important role as a leader in developing new talent and encouraging the growth of the DFW artistic community. It is currently showing Guadalupe in the Guest Room through March 17.
Congratulations Peterman on this new position! We wish you well – it will be exciting to see the new direction you lead our beloved theatre!