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Shawne Zarubica

associate director, production & education

Shawne Natalia Zarubica is an enthusiastically engaged arts advocate, arts administrator and performing musician. Born in New York City and raised in Los Angeles, Shawne has maintained a special kinship with both of these vibrant cities and arts communities, and has pursued a broad-based career in the performing arts, encompassing both a strong grounding in the rich traditions of western classical music, theatre and film, as well as a focus on new and innovative performing arts forms.

A passionate believer in the transformative power of music and art in the lives of individuals and communities, Shawne brings a strong commitment to advancing the causes of arts education and enhanced arts access for participants of all ages.

A trained classical pianist and singer and a Music Performance/Composition Major at the University of California, Santa Barbara, Shawne also has extensive training and experience in theatre arts and has maintained an active involvement in both producing and performing throughout her career.

Shawne’s professional credits include senior creative project management at the Walt Disney Studios, including visual, technical and music production credits on several critically acclaimed animated features and shorts. She has also enjoyed success in varied roles at the Mark Taper Forum including festival production management and literary management. Prior to joining LACO, Shawne enjoyed working as an independent arts management consultant with groups including Walt Disney Creative Entertainment, Pasadena Symphony and POPS and Musica Angelica Baroque Orchestra.

Shawne performs regularly with the Pasadena Master Chorale; she is an emeritus member of the fabled Fountain Theater Workshop for actors and playwrights and a member of the ZajacStudio opera group.