Shawna is a professional actor as well as a public speaking and performance coach. Her method is rooted in an organic process, drawing from an alchemy of techniques gleaned during her many years of acting and vocal coaching for the theatre. She currently works with TEDx speakers, live lit performers, and both seasoned and first-time keynoters and presenters, helping speakers show up, reveal what’s inside them, and put it all on the stage. Shawna’s acting credentials include the leading role in Grand Concourse at Steppenwolf Theatre--and many more. She is a graduate of The Theatre School at DePaul University in Chicago, where she began her acting career. She has been coaching speakers at TEDxDePaulUniversity for the past five years.