Shanna VanDerwerker grew up dancing in Ft. Washington, MD and received a Bachelor of Arts in Dance from Point Park University. Shanna is currently the Associate Choreographer of Joseph at Drury Lane Theatre in Oakbrook and recently choreographed Lysistrata Jones for Refuge Theater Project in Chicago, IL Fall 2017. Other choreography credits include South Pacific, Beauty and the Beast and Singin’ In The Rain at The Fireside Theater. Shanna has been Christopher Gattelli’s associate/assistant for over 10 years, including his Associate Choreographer of Broadway’s Amazing Grace and High Fidelity.
Her performing credits include swing in the Broadway company of Wicked, Lady in Green in Singin’ In the Rain at the Fireside Theater, Kiss Me, Kate at TUTS in Houston, TX, company member of dre.dance with directors Andrew Palermo and Taye Diggs, and several other shows at The Fireside. Shanna received her professional debut performing in Kids of the Kingdom at Walt Disney World. After over four years as the Dance Captain of the First National Tour of Wicked, Shanna relocated to Chicago.
As an educator, Shanna has taught at the 2014 International Thespian Festival in Lincoln, NE and was the choreographer of the opening celebration of the 2015 International Thespian Festival, The Music of Alan Menken. She has taught master classes at dance studios and conventions all over the country, including the Inaside Company Summer Intensive, One Family National Convention, DEA and DMA, and has been a guest teacher at Columbia College of Chicago and Point Park University.