What is Penguin Productions?

Penguin Productions unites youth leadership and adult mentorship to co-create theater and cultivate a healthy, equitable, thriving future through:

-Empowering confident, thoughtful youth leaders
-Making invigorating, inspiring, joyful theater
-Creating diverse, inclusive spaces where everyone belongs
-Nurturing artistic discovery and growth
-Providing cost-free programming

Meet the Penguins

Anna Klein

Anna Klein is a Theatre Artist born and raised in Seattle, Washington. She is a recent graduate from the University of Redlands, where she completed a double major in English Literature and Theatre Arts, as well as a semester at London Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts where she studied Classical Acting.

Anna has worked as actor, writer, director, and designer. You’ve seen her artistic work featured on many of the Penguin show graphics.

Even though Anna started her career as an actor (and still performs regularly), she has also written plays of her own, and directed productions like David Auburn’s Proof, and John Patrick Shanley’s Danny and the Deep Blue Sea, as well as several productions with Penguin, including Romeo and Juliet and She Kills Monsters: Virtual Realms.

When Anna is not near a stage (real or virtual), she’s busy reading, making art, watching TV, and spending time with her friends and family.

Shana Bestock

Shana is a writer, educator, theater artist, and non-profit leader based in Seattle, WA. She has directed over 200 productions with youth ensembles and overseen over 120 professional productions. Shana works with both classic and contemporary texts, and has commissioned, produced, and directed many world premieres. 

As the Producing Artistic Director, and founder, of Penguin Productions, Shana facilitates creative adventures in community arts to fuel the future with a focus on youth development and leadership, gender equity, and environmental justice. She is also a Fulbright Specialist, working internationally at the intersections of theater, social justice, and community building. She was a member of the ArtEquity cohort of 2016-17 and of the Leadership Tomorrow Class of ’21, engaging with cross-sector leaders around regional issues through an equity lens. From 2001-2016 Shana served as Seattle Public Theater’s Artistic and Education Director. Through her creative and community work, she strives to increase our capacity to connect, reflect, and create in order to make a more curious, compassionate and creative world. 

To learn more about Shana, visit www.shanabestock.com

Katrina Filer

Katrina Filer is a senior industrial design student at the University of Washington and a self-proclaimed jack-of-all-creative-trades. She uses design to connect people to the natural world and to each other, and she hopes to employ these skills to extend Penguin’s reach further into the community. In the future, she wants to use her 3D design thinking to improve accessibility and responsible land stewardship in outdoor recreation. 

In the past, Katrina has worked with Design for America to develop apps that combat addictive behaviors associated with our phones. Currently, she co-leads a design team at Washington Hyperloop. She also enjoys serving as the graphics and print editor for The Fishwrapper, a satirical newspaper run by a handful of disgruntled UW students. 

Outside of this, Katrina spends most of her time hiking in the mountains or wandering city parks, usually with a camera in tow. She also dabbles in poetry, painting, and jazz trombone. A sample of her creative work can be viewed at filerkat.myportfolio.com

Production History

Penguins Who Took Flight

Sarah Albertson, Kyna Shilling, Kayla Brooks, Bella Zhou, Noelle McCabe, Linda Yan

Sara Albertson

Kyna Shilling

Kayla Brooks

Bella Zhou

Noelle McCabe

Linda Yan

The magic happens in the community, that it’s about the people, not the theater or the program… it comes from YOU and your commitment to 'wasting time learning things' and your belief that kids can accomplish more than they think they can, which every production bears out.
Thank YOU for the show. I have to say it was the most thoroughly entertaining political satire we’ve seen in a long time. You did a great job with those kids, integrating the whole spectrum of talent into a delightful show that hopped.
...a community based on a strong vision of supporting kids and emerging adults through meaningful theater events.

Penguin Leaders
and Mentors

Meet the Penguin
Advisory Council

Our Partners:

Northwest Folklife, Office of Arts and Culture, Foundry10, 4Culture, UHeights, The Creative Advantage, TeenTix, Shunpike

Penguin Productions programs are free to all in need. Fuel the future of healthy, equitable community theater with your support today!

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