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Shondra is an alumni of the Juilliard School of Drama in New York and was one of twenty five individuals accepted from auditions across the United States. She attended with a Juilliard scholarship after having been awarded the Bank of America Excellence in Fine Arts Award and several other acting awards. Her other awards for producing co-ordinating events include Woman of the Year 2018, Arizona Foundation 2017 Community Collaborator Award, NAWBO 2017 Community Involvement Award, NAWBO 2016 Rising Star Award, Arizona Foundation 2013 Business Benefactor of the Year Award, Professional Women Group (PWG) 2012 You Make a Difference Award and Good Morning Sedona Special Achievement Award.
Besides staring in her own shows in Reno (MGM Grand/Hilton) and Las Vegas (Dunes), headlining on popular cruise ships with her own show and leading her own bands and fronting many others for years, since 1997, Shondra's creative partner and husband Tom Jepperson have co-owned Entertainment by Tom & Shondra. Together they perform their own shows and concerts throughout the USA for events, corporate and private parties. They've enjoyed successful performance tours in theaters and showrooms to sold out audiences booked by Shondra, an assortment of agencies in California and by National Performing Artists in Phoenix, AZ. She is also one of the three popular Dynamite Divas. Shondra's other creative partner is writer/actor/producer Dev Ross. Together they have written & produced three musicals, one in which they star in.
Shondra is in pre-production her 3rd CD, "Clarity", and also stand alone song, "Greed Incorporated", in which she created a music video and released in Sept. 2018. Her current two woman musical, "Hot Flashes On the Trail," along with her creative partner Dev Ross have co-produced and performed two 6 week runs in 2017 and 2018. The two also wrote & produced their children's musical "Horse Tales & Cowboy Trails" in 2018. Her song writing credits include all the songs for the Delta Dental educational touring show, "The Mouth Project." In October and December 2012, Shondra released two CDs of her original music, (one Rock Contemporary called Inside Fire and the other Inspirational Pop called I AM, companioned with 2 separate CD release parties. Her music is available on iTunes, CD Baby, Amazon.com. Her songs vary from many different styles and genres ranging from Rock, Pop, Country Rock, Blues, Power Ballads to Show and Inspirational tunes.
Shondra arranges all of her own compositions and has produced her catalogue of songs in studios in southern California and more recently in Sedona, Arizona. She has also arranged hundreds of songs for a variety of her own shows, commercials and projects as well as arranging and producing other songwriter’s originals. Her other studio credits also include voice direction, coaching actors and singers, (both children and adults), in studios for various projects. Having run LIVE sound professionally for over 25 years, landed her running 12 microphones and the sound board in the courtroom of the James Ray trial in 2011 broadcast on CNN, Headline News and Court TV’s In Session on TruTV.
After attending Juilliard, Shondra has continued her professional acting career, when her performance schedule allowed, being cast in a long list of dramatic and comedic roles both in regional theatres in southern California and in Arizona. She's been cast in leads in musicals and comedies such as Nunsense I & II, Suds, Maybe Baby It's You, 37 Postcards and dramatic roles in A Woman's Hand, Crazy Wisdom, The Business of Murder and Talking With to name a few. Her film credits include the principle lead of Tanya in the TV Dramedy, The Rocks. She is an Improv artist with a list of her own over the top characters that she's created throughout her years of performances for events, parties, murder mysteries and for her own shows.
She is also a voice over artist for commercials, film narratives, audio books, meditation CDs and various websites. Her credits include Billy Mitchell's SAPPA, Loris Rubenstein's book, Forgiveness, Best Life Media Meditation CDs, Mago Meditation CDs, TV and Film narratives, Red Rock TV Channel 16 (since 2003), Sedona NOW Network and a year's worth of weekly podcasts, commercials & interviews that were streamed on GatewaytoSedona.com. She has emceed hundreds of events, galas, fundraisers, monthly Chamber mixers including on camera interviews.
With all of her professional experience, it would make sense that Shondra is also a master teacher coaching studentsprivately and in group settings for the past 20+ years. Her students have the advantage of learning from a pro who is currently making her living in the entertainment business. She co-founded Sedona Youth Theatre in 2005 holding Improv classes for children every summer and since 2013, Shondra has held own workshops called "Finding Your Voice" and "Showing Up Big" for the Experience Yourself Women's Retreats.
Her credits as a co-founder and event producer include the Sedona Community Fair, Sedona Wine Fest, Artists for Animals, In the Living Room Music Series-(celebrating its 3rd year of weekly concerts), Fire Family Fundraiser in which she led a team of 15 people who earned $30,000.00 for three families who lost their homes from fires.
Shondra always makes time to give back to her community and rarely says no when asked. As of June 8, 2018 she is now President of NAWBO (National Association of Women's Business Owners), Sedona Verde Valley Chapter. She has won several awards for her community service which include the prestigious Woman of the Year 2018, Arizona Foundation "2017 Community Collaborator Award", NAWBO 2017 Community Involvement Award, Spirit of Sedona Foundation Award for "Business Benefactor of the Year 2013" with her partner Tom, the Professional Woman's Group of Northern Arizona "You Make a Difference Award", Good Morning Sedona's "Special Recognition Award" and nominated in two categories for the NAWBO's "Shining Star Award."
Shondra has over 41+ years of experience performing on stage, in studios, in her own concerts and shows across the USA as well as behind the scenes.
This multi- talented artist has had both formal and professional on the job training for years touting a long list of honed in skills which keeps her hired and busy full time in her very successful career in the entertainment business.
Her previous training and performances before Juilliard included acting classes and in a show directed by John O'Brien at San Diego Old Globe Theatre, various acting intensives led by acting Alumni of the University of Irvine and a teen summer program at the San Diego Opera which concluded in a production of Carmen. She'd taken years of private singing lessons, dance classes and several years of formal mime training with a protege of Richmond Shepard and performing in a professional mime troupe called Yours Mime & Ours. At age 14 she started composing, performing and recording her own songs while accompanying herself on guitar.
Directly after her return to California from Juilliard, her music talents quickly landed her full time solo gigs singing and playing guitar 4 hours a night/ 5 nights a week. By the time she was 23, she was staring in her own nightly shows backed by a show band produced specifically to showcase her acting and singing talents. The success of that show concept kept her on a rigorous schedule for two years performing 4 different shows (in full costumes and characters) a night, 5 to 6 nights a week in venues throughout southern California which led to months of performing in a 250 seat showroom at the MGM Grand, (now the Hilton) in Reno and at the Dunes in Las Vegas, Nevada.
After the untimely death of her music director, she accepted other music opportunities to front an assortment of Top 40 bands, duos and trios. In 1987 she formed her own band Shondra & the Source performing Rock, Pop and Top 40 covers as well as her originals in San Diego. During those years, she performed for up to 12 ,000 people for events such as the Dukakis political rally, USO events, Mira Mar Air Shows, Camp Pendleton concerts, Narcotics Anonymous Conventions, dozens of marathon races and music festivals at venues like Qualcomm Stadium and an array of outdoor event stages. She also performed on several air crafter carriers such as the Constellation. In 1991 she developed her own one hour show and was booked as the special guest entertainer backed by 10 piece show bands on Princess, Carnival and Commodore Cruise Lines.
This video was co-produced by Michelle Grimm and Shondra on Sept. 5, 2016 showing Sedona's community spirit. For several weeks, many were video'd from all over the city including the Mayor of Sedona, City Manager, business & gallery owners & employees and Sedona residents who attended MIchelle & Shondra's event, Dance To Make a Difference.The actual event they co-produced was on Saturday, August 20th where the proceeds from the admission to be in the video at Posse Grounds Park was collected and given to help Yavapai Food Councilbuild their new Bountiful Kitchen. The kitchen will provide food for Sedona's homeless and low income including the Sedona Backpack Program for kids who can fill up their backpacks every weekend providing food for them and their families. Many children in the Verde Valley go without food over the weekends due to not being able to participate in school lunches. Please do what you can to share this video and if you feel the urge, please make a donation to the Yavapai Food Council as it would be greatly appreciated.