Shane Fernando is the director of the Wilson Center at Cape Fear Community College. This new facility is the largest and most technologically advanced performing arts center in eastern North Carolina. He previously worked at the UNC Wilmington, lastly serving as Director of Campus Life Arts and Programs, overseeing UNCW Presents, the Arts in Action Performance and the Leadership Lecture Series, Ann Flack Boseman Gallery, and Lumina Theater; he also taught as an adjunct faculty member in the Department of Communication Studies.Fernando earned a communication studies degree and a masters degree in public administration from UNC Wilmington. As senior class president, he conceived and spearheaded the concept and fundraising for the UNCW Millennium Clock Tower, which is the largest student organized gift project in the nation. After graduation he moved to Washington, DC to work in the U.S. Senate.
Shane serves as a trustee for Thalian Hall Center for the Performing Arts Board of Trustees, and is also the programming consultant for the Hall, overseeing the booking of the Main Attractions Series. He serves as the booking secretary for the state for the North Carolina Presenters Consortium. He was named one of the “Most Intriguing People of 2014” by the Greater Wilmington Business Journal, “One of the 12 to Watch in 2015” by the Wilmington Star News, and was recognized as the “Best Director of a Musical” for the Wilmington Theatre Awards in 2015. In addition, Fernando is a public arts commentator for WHQR Public Radio and a member of the Screen Actors Guild and American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (SAG-AFTRA). He has been a director, property master, and actor in over 150 Wilmington theatre productions. He is also a backyard beekeeper in historic Wilmington.