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Secrets to Success: Conversation Station Leader Shauna Johnson, Technical Manager, Candlelight Dinne

As of March 16, 2020, this event has been canceled.

All girls in grades 6-12 are invited to connect with professional women in a variety of career paths at Girl Scouts of Colorado’s first “Secrets to Success” event in Northern Colorado on Saturday, April 18, 2020 at Aims Community College. Girls will personally engage with top women leaders in a variety of career fields such as law, emergency response, animal care, theatre, and more. This event joins today’s leaders with the next generation, to share their expertise and provide inspiration for success. Financial assistance and travel stipends are available. Register now:

In preparation for this exciting event, we are thrilled to announce some of the amazing women whom girls will be engaging with, including Shauna Johnson, Technical Manager, Candlelight Dinner Playhouse.

Shauna Johnson grew up in a musical family and fell in love with the technical side of theatre in high school. Her career has spanned more than 20 years and she has been with the Candlelight Dinner Playhouse since it opened in 2008. While at the Candlelight, she has worked as Technical Director and Stage Manager, and is now part of the Executive Management Team as Technical Manager, which means she is responsible for all technical areas and the maintenance of the building. Shauna received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Theatre from the University of Northern Colorado and has worked as a designer and technician for many theatre companies across the state, as well as Stage Manager and Head Carpenter at the Union Colony Civic Center in Greeley for local productions and National Tours. Shauna is a proud 2015 True West Award winner for her management and special effect work on “Singin’ in the Rain” and “Chitty Chitty Bang Bang” at the Candlelight. When asked about the challenges women face in technical theatre she says, “Women can be found in all aspects of theatre. However, Technical Directing tends to appeal to men more, so it has always been a challenge for me to prove that I belong. I have always believed that hard work, expert knowledge, and refined skills should have more impact when it comes to any job, regardless of age, race, or sex. I am proud that, by simply doing the work and doing it well, I am valuable and I have gained the respect of my colleagues, not only at the Candlelight, but across the state.”

When she isn’t working, Shauna has most likely escaped to the mountains with her dogs or can be found cheering on the Rockies and spoiling her nieces and nephews.



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