ADDISON, TEXAS: WaterTower Theatre (WTT) has named Shane Peterman its new producing artistic director. Peterman succeeds Joanie Schultz, who resigned last fall citing structural issues at the company. As the company’s chief executive officer, Peterman will lead artistic vision and oversee fundraising, marketing, and administrative initiatives. He formally assumed his position on March 1.
“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,” said Grace Daniels, WTT board president, in a statement. “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 comes to WaterTower Theatre from Lyric Stage, where he served as producer for the last five seasons and oversaw the Dallas theatre’s relocation to the Historic Majestic Theatre. Peterman’s history with WTT dates back to 1999, as a teacher and performer. He has produced more than 65 productions and directed more than 35 shows around the country, and his credits include producing the world premiere of Pure Country, which will take the stage next season at Houston’s Theatre Under the Stars. Peterson and his wife, Kellie Carroll, opened the Acting Studio in 2009, the largest independently owned youth theatre training and performance program in North Texas.
“I am extremely excited to begin work as the producing artistic director for WaterTower Theatre, a truly exemplary arts organization in North Texas,” said Peterman in a statement. “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.”