Shawn Paonessa has been working with Jobsite since he played Donkey in their second production, Brownbread. Notable Jobsite performances include Sir Henry Baskerville, et. al. (The Hound of the Baskervilles), Petruchio (The Taming of the Shrew), Oscar (The Odd Couple), CB (Dog Sees God), Guildenstern (Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead), Bill (Woman in Mind), all of Jobsite’s (abridged) productions, Joey (Phyro-Giants!), Dr. Frankenstein (Playing With Fire: After Frankenstein), Jake, et. al. (A Girl’s Guide to Chaos), and Sam in The March of the Kitefliers, which he co-wrote with Neil Gobioff. Additional writing credits include Pericles – Prince of Tires, Grimm’s Faery Tales, The Curse of Millhaven and Learning Swerve, which earned Weekly Planet’s Best Local Playwright – Reader’s Choice. He has also directed in various capacities for Jobsite, including 1984, Embedded (with David M. Jenkins), Hurlyburly (Associate Director) and Delusion of Darkness, as well as the short film, The Bedford Devil (Kitefliers Studios).
In addition to his production work, Shawn has served on Jobsite’s Board of Directors (2001 – 2014; Chair 2014) and the Artistic Associates (2001 – 2022). He currently consults as the company’s Online Producer.