Director | Deviser | Theatre Maker
SHIRA HELENA GITLIN
Shira Helena Gitlin is a director, deviser, dramaturg, and theatre maker. Shira's primary goal as an artist is to create and participate in collaborative, positive environments that emphasize identity, intersectionality, and creativity. As a director, Shira is drawn to musical theatre, plays with music, and pretty much any other art form that involves sound or music - particularly rock, folk, and bluegrass! They are interested in pushing musical theatre to new limits and crafting new works that showcase LGBTQIA+ stories.
Shira’s directorial debut was a production of The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee at Hampshire College—the school’s first musical in 10 years! The show was well-received and paved the way for future musical theatre studies within the college. Following this, Shira was hired to direct Shrek the Musical at Mohawk Trails Regional School, a combined middle and high school located in rural Massachusetts.
Since March of 2020, Shira has directed multiple short plays using Zoom. They participated in the 2020 Boston Theatre Marathon and the Playwright Platform's 48th Festival of New Plays. Shira's favorite project during this time was directing the second episode of Camp Strangewood, an anthology series about a haunted summer camp produced by Sparkhaven Theatre.
When they're not doing theatre, Shira can be found playing the banjo, doing arts & crafts, running around in the woods, and plane spotting.
Shira uses they/them/theirs pronouns.
THE VIOLET ROOM
7 Rooms: The Masque of the Red Death
Written by Sari Boren. Performed by Jo Michael Rezes and Blair Nodelman.
EVERY CREEPING THING
Playwright Platform's 49th Festival of New Plays
Written by David Beardsley. Performed by
Dave DiLillo, Eric Skoglund, Natajia Sconiers, Carly Watson, and Ines De La Cruz.
WHERE THE FIREWORKS COME FROM
Boston Theatre Marathon XXIII: Zoom Edition
Written by Michael Pisaturo. Performed by Nathan Malin and Sam Warton.
TALES FROM CAMP STRANGEWOOD
Episode Two: Mister Champagne
Written by James La Bella. Performed by Grace Trapnell, James Wechsler, Jo Michael Rezes, Michael A. Rosegrant, and Santiago MacLean.
Playwright Platform's 48th Festival of New Plays
Written by David Beardsley. Performed by Shelley Brown, Madeleine Maret, and Kayla Gitlin. Butterfly creator: Emily Gitlin.
Boston Theater Marathon XXII: Zoom Edition
Written by Alex Moon. Performed by Dev Blair, Christina Mei Chen, and Julia Labuski
SHREK THE MUSICAL
Mohawk Trail Regional School
Music Direction: Amy Crawford-Roberts
Sound/Lighting: Sam Whitney
FOLLOW: A WALK IN THE WOODS
Amherst College Theatre
Devised with Denzel Wood, Benjamin Kissinger, and Naajia Muhammad
THE PINK UNICORN
SpeakEasy Stage Company
Directed by Bevin O'Gara. Designed by Ari Herzig.
ASSISTANT DIRECTOR/STAGE MANAGER
Honest Accomplice Theatre
Co-Directed by Maggie Keenan-Bolger and Rachel Sullivan
ASSISTANT DIRECTOR/SOUND DESIGNER
Hampshire College Theatre
Directed and designed by Dani Aldrich
In addition to directing, Shira is a freelance dramaturg and educator. Shira is available to act as a dramaturg or consultant on productions both locally and virtually.
Shira has held Transgender Identity Training workshops for Directors Lab North, The Hepatitis C Mentorship Support Group, Trader Joe's, and individual theatre makers across the United States.
If you would like to hire Shira to lead a training for your organization, use the contract form below or send an email to Shira directly. Rates are sliding scale.
Transgender and Gender Nonconforming Identities in Theatre
Monday October 4th, 7pm EST
Monday October 25th, 7pm EST
Sunday, October 10th, 7pm EST
FOR GENERAL THEATRE ARTISTS:
Sunday October 10th, 2pm EST
Wednesday October 20th, 7:30pm EST
"I move through the fear because it doesn't strike me that there is another option."